Career Time?


Here comes the very last year of high school for our beloved seniors! We will all weep, because we’ll miss this place. I certainly will. All the memories, teachers, friends, and knowledge we have experienced, is coming to an end. It has shaped us into becoming who we are today. I am proud of us and everything we have achieved. 

With that being said, most seniors are going to go to colleges. Most, if not all students are still not sure who they want to be. It is a major decision- which career path suits you, and what careers there are in the world? You do not know your endless possibilities, but worry not- because we will be discussing some of the careers you might want to look into in this article. Here are the 10 most interesting and uncommon jobs for those who are bored with “Normal.”

  • Aerospace engineer

Known in common parlance as a rocket scientist, an aerospace engineer gets to design really cool stuff—really, really cool stuff like aircrafts, spacecrafts, and satellites. They also build prototypes and test them out. Basically, your job is one big science fair presentation on the most epic of scales. Added job bonus: getting to tell people you’re a rocket scientist.

WHAT DO YOU NEED? A bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or a related field.

SALARY: $109,650 per year

Related careers: Chemical, Industrial, Mechanical, Computer, Electrical & Electronic Engineers.

  • Broadcast sports reporter

From the sidelines of games to behind the desk of a network station, broadcast sports reporters share news and provide analysis about all sorts of sports: basketball, football, baseball, and everything in between. If you love sports and a good debate, becoming a broadcast sports reporter is a pretty cool job.

WHAT DO YOU NEED? A bachelor’s degree in journalism, radio, or another relevant degree.

SALARY: $38,870 per year

Related careers: News/Weather Reporter, Radio Reporter.

  • Game designer

What’s better than playing video games? How about being the person who actually gets to create them? Game Designers rely on their limitless imaginations in addition to technical skills to turn fantasy into (virtual) reality. This includes developing software and mechanics, building and testing prototypes, and working with UX designers to make sure the final product lives up to its awesomeness.  

WHAT DO YOU NEED? A bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, art, or a related field.

SALARY: $65,300 per year

Related careers: Video Game Testers (Emerging), Computer Engineers, Computer Programmers, Graphic Designers, Art Directors, Music Composers, Directors, and Arrangers.

  • Art Therapist

Where are my artistic people? If you are searching for interesting careers in psychology, then becoming an art therapist might fit the bill. Art therapy is an expressive form of therapy that improves a person’s overall well-being through artistic expression. Art therapists use it as part of a healing process. It can help reduce a patient’s stress and anxiety, improve self-esteem, and provide many other mental health benefits. Many patients find art therapy helpful as a way to get assistance with personal development or working through past traumas. And it is especially useful for those who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally.

WHAT DO YOU NEED?  Training in art and counseling or psychology. Most aspiring professionals start by completing a psychology degree program to achieve a bachelor’s degree before moving on to a master’s degree program. And to become certified by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), you will need to complete a combination of clinical and studio hours.

SALARY: $77,970+ per year

Related careers: Physicians, Psychologists, Nurses, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Rehabilitation Counselors, Social Workers and Teachers.

  • Data Scientist

Math lover students, this one’s for you. Data Scientists design and build new data set processes for modeling, data mining, and production. In addition to performing and interpreting data studies and product experiments with various data sources, these professionals are tasked with developing prototypes, algorithms, predictive models, and custom analysis.

WHAT DO YOU NEED? Bachelor’s degree in data science or computer-related field to get your foot in the door as an entry level data scientist, although most data science careers will require a master’s degree.

SALARY: : $121,500 per year

Related careers: Machine Learning Engineer/Scientist, Application & Enterprise Architects. 

  • Travel agents 

Planning a trip is a time-consuming and complicated process. Travel agents simplify this process for their customers in addition to providing consultation services and entire travel packages. What you may do-  book flights, cruises, rental cars and hotels, as well as resort stays and events. Agents cater to a wide demographic, serving both individuals and corporations. You, may also concentrate in a special segment of the field; many agents specialize in leisure travel, business trips, or location-specific journeys to Europe, Africa, or Asia.

WHAT DO YOU NEED? While no specific degree is required, those with bachelor’s degrees in the hospitality industry or a related field will be more marketable. Most corporate jobs that involve coordinating travel require a bachelor’s degree for employment.

SALARY: $53,000 per year 

Related careers: Secretaries, Tour Guides, Transportation Agents. 

  • Prop Master

Do you like theater, but don’t want to be on stage? Do you still want to help as much as you can in a production or a play? Consider becoming a prop master! The props master (short for “property master,” also called the “prop master”) is head of the props department on any film, TV show, or stage production. They are responsible for all props in the production—that includes acquiring them, keeping them organized, and making sure they’re used safely. To do this, the props master leads a team of prop makers or props-department runners, and reports to the production designer.

WHAT DO YOU NEED? Many props masters have a degree in fine arts or design, and they started out working as a runner in the props or art department of smaller productions to learn how the industry works.

SALARY: $63,365 per year 

Related careers: Anything in the film and media department really. 

  • Neurosurgeons 

No list of cool jobs is complete without doctors. Their work might require a huge amount of schooling and a high tolerance for stress, but they heal people and save lives. When it comes to the coolest type of doctor, things are certainly up for debate. But neurosurgeons have to be prime candidates for that honor, since they perform operations on people’s brains and spines.

WHAT DO YOU NEED? The education needed to become a neurosurgeon is rigorous and extensive, requiring no less than four years of undergraduate studies, four years of medical school, and five to seven years of fellowship training.

SALARY: $402,877 per year

Related careers: Neuroscientists, Neurochemist, Neuroanatomist, Neurobiologist. 

  • Flight Nurse

Do you want to travel the world, while still saving lives? Flight nurse might be the job for you. Flight nurses perform daily checks of aircraft and equipment with their partners. Daily duties can include cleaning the on-call rooms, cleaning out the office and refrigerator, washing aircraft, and checking all expiration dates of all equipment/medications. As a flight nurse, you do basically everything you’d do in an ER or ICU, but in a much smaller space and with fewer resources.

WHAT DO YOU NEED? First you have to become a registered nurse, then you have to gain experience in ICU or ER for about 3-5 years, and then lastly getting certified.

SALARY: From $50,000 to $120,000 per year

Related careers: Nurse, Doctor, anything in the medical field + flight attendant.

  • Fashion Designer 

This career is pretty self-explanatory. Who doesn’t want to be a well known arts designer right? Responsibilities of a fashion designer are creating the specific look of individual garments-including a garment’s shape, color, fabric, trimmings, and other aspects of the whole.

WHAT DO YOU NEED? Most fashion designers have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as fashion design or fashion merchandising. Employers usually seek applicants who are creative and who have technical knowledge of the production processes for clothing, accessories, or footwear.

SALARY:  $79,110 per year (in NY) 

Related careers: Art Directors, Floral Designers, Graphic Designers, Industrial Designers, Jewelers/precious stone and metal workers and finally models. 

Always remember that regardless of who you want to become, you have to love what you do. Nobody should have an impact on your decision except for yourself alone. Do not worry if the careers you read about did not interest you, you still have plenty of time. No matter what, know that you are still a teenager, and there’s plenty of room for mistakes. Don’t bash yourself for not having a clear image of who you want to become, because for some it is long process!