Fun Jobs and Careers
Some people have fun performing audits or preparing taxes (seriously!) while others think that alligator wrestling is fun (apparently they think risking their life is fun too…) Because everybody has a different definition of “fun”, it is impossible for everyone to agree with a single list of the “Top 10 Fun Jobs.” Whether you are creative, a problem-solver, social butterfly, thrill-seeker or humanitarian, here is a list of fun careers that cater to your personal definition of “fun.”
Fun jobs for the creative mind…
- advertising – You could be the creator of the next television commercial, magazine ad, or even entire ad campaign that everyone is talking about! From strategy and initial concept, to artistic design, to placement of ads, advertising is sure to be a fun career for the creative types.
- graphic design – With a fun career in graphic design, you may be creating business logos, designing promotional displays, or working on the layout of a magazine. Using your creative mind and computer technology, graphic designers may work for a large advertising or publishing agency, start their own graphic design business, or do freelance work.
- animation – How would you like to help create the next box-office Pixar or Dreamworks movie production? Just like graphic design, animation combines artistic ability and creativity with technology. Animators have fun careers that may involve working with television commercials, video games, or movies.
- writer – Are you constantly jotting down ideas on napkins, or composing your memoir in your head? Whether you want to write a newspaper column, magazine articles, self-help books, children’s books, or the next New York Times best seller, a fun career in writing could be just the thing for a creative person with a passion for words.
- music therapist – Music lovers who don’t have dreams of stardom may want to pursue a creative, fun career as a musical therapist. Music therapists use music to help people, often those with disabilities or the elderly, with things like motor skills and social development. They must be creative individuals with knowledge and a love for music.
Fun jobs for the problem-solver…
- Automotive Technician – If you love solving problems and enjoy cars, this could be a fantastic opportunity for you. Automotive technicians and mechanics spend their days diagnosing problems with cars, motors, and everything related to them. This career also provides endless opportunities to specialize, whether focusing on large truck diesel-mechanic work, advising owners about service at the dealership level, or working on boats, marine motors and bilge pump equipment.
- consulting – For those who enjoy a challenge, consulting would be a very fulfilling, fun career. Consulting is fun because of the variety it offers in a diverse environment of changing clients and tasks. Management and strategy consulting involve analyzing a business problem and implementing the best solution.
- intelligence analyst – Intelligence analysts take deceptive information and figure out what it means, all the while trying to avoid influence from information that is purposely meant to lead the analysts in the wrong direction. High-profile intelligence jobs are usually involved in national security and government agencies like the CIA. While not an easy job, it is definitely a fun career.
- engineering – Engineers face challenges every day in figuring out how to apply scientific concepts to every day problems. For the problem-solver, engineering is a fun career that is intellectually stimulating and makes a difference in the world.
- tech support – A career in technical support is for the tech-savvy problem-solver. This usually involves solving customer problems with technology products, such as computers, telephones, etc.
Fun jobs for the social butterfly…
- marketing manager – Marketing management is a great way to be social and creative through a variety of skills. Typical work for a marketing manager can be organizing marketing at public events, focusing on advertising campaigns, or developing brand strategies for large products and companies.
- publicist – A career as a publicist is a fun job for those interested in working with the media, celebrities or other big-name people and events. A similar field is public relations, where PR reps look for opportunities to get their company’s name out in the public, whether it be through press releases, coordinating events, or the media.
- buyer – How would you like to go shopping for a living? A buyer, also called a purchasing agent, is a fun career because you must stay up on consumer preferences and know the latest trends in order to make decisions regarding what items to stock in a major department store or retail chain. It also involves managing a budget, seeking out vendors, and beating the competition.
- event planner – If you love the details involved in parties, weddings and other social events, you may want to look for fun careers in the event planning industry. Event planners usually start as an assistant for someone else, and then work their way up to owning their own business after they establish a good customer base.
- entertainment reporter – Whether you are covering entertainment events for your local newspaper, or you are a news anchor on television, an entertainment reporter is one of the fun careers that allows you to get as close to the celebrities as possible.
Fun jobs for the thrill-seeker…
- storm chaser – Did you know that storm chasing isn’t just for amateurs? There are professional storm chasers who have degrees in meteorology or science. Check out stormtrack.org for some helpful FAQ about storm chasing. While it may be dangerous, it might be the perfect fun career for a thrill-seeker with a scientific mind. You may also want to consider other careers in meteorology and weather.
- truck driver – Demand for truck drivers is at an all-time high right now, with companies offering large signing bonuses and other big incentives to sign up with a hiring freight company. If you dream of seeing the country and love driving, this is a big opportunity for a job that’s in high demand right now. You’ll likely need a CDL (commercial driver’s license) to get the highest-paying work driving tractor-trailers and the really big trucks, but opportunities are available for other types of driving as well, ranging from delivery drivers, OTR and owner-operators.
- zookeeper/wildlife management – Watching over the lion den at a zoo is probably a lot more thrilling than feeding fish at the aquarium (unless they are piranhas). If you are an animal lover, a job as a zookeeper or animal conservationist are just two of the many fun careers that involve animals.
- FBI special agent – A fun career as a FBI special agent includes fighting terrorism, cyber crime, organized crime, white-collar crime, drug-trafficking, and counterintelligence, to name a few. Visit the FBI web site for more information about being a special agent, or consider similar fun careers such as a police or detective.
Fun jobs for the humanitarian…
- teacher – Teaching offers fun careers for people who love children and want to make a difference in their lives. Whether you go back to your hometown, teach in an inner-city school, work with Teach for America, or teach young people across the world by getting involved with organizations such as TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), teaching is a great career for those who want to see change in the world.
- social worker – Social work is a rewarding and fun career for those of you who have a passion for helping others. Social workers help people who are disadvantaged, like the poor and the elderly, and people who have faced setbacks in life, such as abused children or rape victims. Social workers are also involved in a movement for social change and bringing about social justice and equality.
- nonprofit jobs – If there is an issue which you deeply care about, you may want to get involved in a nonprofit. Nonprofits are organizations which do not make any sort of profit; instead, through donations and fundraising efforts, they strive to better the world. Whether you are interested in the environment, energy, animal protection, urban youth or poverty, you will be able to find a nonprofit organization that works for your cause. Or, you can always start your own nonprofit organization!
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