Some people know what they want to become from the moment they learned how to talk. There are also people who, even after getting a Master’s or Doctorate Degree, feels like the career they have chosen are not really meant for them.
So, despite having stable jobs, they begin to question what they really want to become. Are they going to pursue higher learning and still stay on the same path or do they want to start from scratch, earn another undergraduate degree or just shift to some career that they’ve never tried before?
According to a survey, most tech-savvy millennials are like this. They keep on switching their careers hoping that they would finally land on a job that is more challenging and engaging than what they previously had.
Whether you are a student who is deciding on what to take in college or just one of the millennials who is currently thinking about changing your career path, here are 5 cool but challenging careers you’ve never considered before.
Computer Network Architect
Computer network architects are the people responsible in the designing and building data communication networks, like Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs), which range from a small connection between two offices to multinational series of globally, distributed communication systems.
The median salary of a computer network architect is relatively high ranging from around $60,000 to $100,000. So, it is not surprising that to become one, you actually need to at least have bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, engineering or an experience working in any computer-related field.
If you are on the early stages of choosing a career path, this is the time to really consider taking a computer-related degree.
Information Security Analyst
Planning and implementing security measures to project computer systems, networks and data are the primary job of an information security analyst. They are also expected to be updated on the latest intelligence that involves hacking methodologies to be able to anticipate and counteract security breaches.
Just like a computer network architect, an information security analyst also needs to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming or engineering. Their median salary is around $91,000.
Do you think you have a knack for hacking? Why don’t we put that to good use and earn money, the right way?
Millennials (and Generation Z) are also known to be health buffs, thus personal trainers, who are certified individuals to have varying degree of knowledge in general fitness involving exercise prescription and instruction, are becoming in demand. Their median annual salary is $ 58, 318.
However, though it does not require a bachelor’s degree, becoming a personal trainer is not at all easy. To become one, you must have knowledge in anatomy, physiology and nutrition; must know how to do first-aid; must have a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate; and must be an experienced fitness instructor.
Then, if you consider yourself a health buff and want to become a personal trainer, you might have to work on becoming an experienced fitness instructor first.
Social Media Manager
Social media managers are those who are tasked to manage the social media marketing campaigns and day-to-day activities of companies like: developing relevant content topics to reach the target customers and creating, curating and managing all the company’s published contents (images, videos and blogs). For doing all these tasks, they can earn a median salary of $45,5260.
If you are a frequent user of social media networks, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, being a social media manager would be easy for you. However, you must take note that most careers in social media require excellent writing, communication and computer skills. Thus, it is expected that most employers would ask for a social media manager who has a degree in communications, journalism or marketing to get them hired.
If you’re an avid fan of poker but then you believe you still lack the skills to become a poker pro, do not falter. Because being a poker dealer in a casino must be the right job for you.
Also called as a croupier, as poker dealer your work station is at the gambling table where you will be tasked to assist in the conduct of the game, like in the distribution of bets and payouts.
So what are the requirements? Some poker dealers have to undergo and complete a 4 to 8 weeks of training course before applying for a vacant position at a land based casino. However, if you are familiar with the industry and has knowledge in dealing home games, then you might want to see if your local casino has vacancy for you.
As for the salary, a poker dealer only earns a median salary of $ 19,000. However, the salary of a poker dealer really depends mostly on tips, ranging from $30,000 to $90,000 in a year.
These are just five out of the many other careers that you can find out there. If you are still undecided on what you want to become, you may opt to have a conversation with a career counselor, who can help you out in sorting your career plans and future goals.
There are also a variety of free career tests online that you may take in 5 minutes or less. These tests will help you know yourself a little bit more and can make choosing your career path much easier.
Do not forget that the confusion that you are now feeling is normal. When you’re done sorting things out, you may even realize that maybe, all you really need is to take some time away from all the buzz and stress of your current job.
However, if after everything you still feel uneasy about your current job, then leave it and go after the job that your heart truly wants.