By the time we enter our teen years, we start contemplating the age-old question: “What am I going to do with the rest of my life?” Here are four options for outgoing teenagers to ponder when mulling over their future careers.
Communications is emerging as the new Engineering degree, and there are many cool jobs to purse with a mass communications degree. You might be use Augmented Reality in an advertising campaign to better connect consumers with brands, overlaying filters, interactions and animation to help clients sell their products. The technology shows no signs of slowing down—the possibilities are endless. You could go to work for a news station, telling viewers about what’s happening and what they need to know. Or, you could work in public relations, either for a corporation or an agency with multiple clients, telling stories that help shape the perception of the company’s brand and image.
Earning an aviation degree can help you see the most amazing places on the planet up close and personal. Of course, you could go to flight school and learn to be a pilot, but by earning an aviation degree, like that available from Institute of Aviation at Parkland College, you’ll learn more about the industry and have opportunities to try out other jobs in aviation that also might appeal to you. Jobs in the aviation industry typically pay well, plus you have access to very affordable airfare when you’re not working, so you can easily hit up places like Hong Kong, Ibiza, and Paris.
Physician assistants will continue to be in high demand over the next decade. In this role, you can provide quality healthcare to patients without being on call or working the lengthy hours required of physicians. Nutritionists, dieticians and therapists—both physical and mental health—are forecast to grow in demand as consumers increasingly turn to alternative medicine.
The days of the typical “desk job” are coming to an end as nature lovers find ways to make a living while also having a positive impact on the environment. If spending more time outdoors appeals to you, consider a career as a geologist, where you will be able to predict weather patterns and identify solutions to protect the earth’s dwindling resources. You might also consider working as a state or national park ranger, where the view from your “office” will always be breath-taking. And, if constant playtime is your thing, look into becoming an adventure tour guide, where you can lead vacationers on treks across a glacier or rafting down a river through canyons.
New markets, emerging industries and evolving consumer preferences all contribute to the careers of the future. Now is a perfect time to start digging deeper into your own interests so you can chart a career path that’s best for you.