Want a career that's fun and exciting? Check out these five careers that let you have fun on the job.
Looking for a career that's fun and pays the bills? Good news: There are a number of careers that involve fun, excitement, and creativity.
But how can you find the right "fun" career that fits your personality?
Curt Rosengren, a career coach, says that in order to find a job that fulfills your passion for fun, you have to know yourself and understand what makes you tick.
"Ask yourself 'what does fun mean to me'?" says Rosengren. "Then make a list of the things you love doing - work or play - and ask why you love it. Look for common underlying themes. Once you've established those, you can begin exploring paths that offer you the opportunity to experience those characteristics."
Check out the following five careers for fun-loving people and see which one is right for you.
Career #1 - Teacher (K-12)
Let's face it: math, science, history...these aren't the most thrilling subjects. But in order to get students excited to learn, teachers have to make it as fun as possible. And if you have a cool and creative personality, this fun career could be for you.
Fun factors: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, teachers often "use games, music, artwork, films, books, computers, and other tools to teach basic skills." And because teachers are constantly around kids, it's more natural to be light-hearted than it might be in a workplace full of adults.
Additionally, teachers are usually in charge of their own lesson plans, which means you could have the opportunity to build in fun experiments and activities.
Education options: According to the Department of Labor, a bachelor's degree in education can help you prepare for the state licensing exam that's required to pursue a career as a public school teacher. Teaching job prospects in math, science, and bilingual education are higher, so it may be beneficial to take courses in those areas as well.
Career #2 - Public Relations Specialist
Mingling, attending events, and creating a favorable public image for a person or company. What's the underlying theme here? They're all aspects of a PR specialist career, and more importantly, they all require someone with a fun and outgoing personality.
Fun factors: In order to succeed in this career, the College Board, an academic organization that administers tests like that SAT, notes that it helps to be "a good writer with the gift of gab: you'll do a lot of writing and talking in PR. An outgoing personality is also a plus, as you'll need to understand and interact with lots of people."
And because they're often responsible for representing their clients in a number of outlets, PR specialists may have to find creative ways to interact with people, host and attend events, and speak to the public.
Education options: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, graduates of a bachelor's degree in a field like public relations, marketing, business, English, or journalism are usually sought by employers.
Career #3 - Travel Writer
If your idea of fun is more in-line with traveling to exotic destinations, then a career as a travel writer could provide you with the opportunity to see the world, record your experiences, and share your adventures.
Fun factors: Traveling can force you to explore and discover new things, people and places, while writing provides the vehicle to share your personal experiences with the public. Additionally, without the constraints of a desk job, writers can often work from anywhere in the world. Now how great - and fun - is that?
The U.S. Department of Labor also notes that writers often draft stories from their own point of view for books, magazines, scripts, songs, and online publications.
Education options: A bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or English can be beneficial for those interested in pursuing a career as a writer, according to the Department of Labor. Real-life experience, familiarity with different types of publications, creativity, and perseverance are also important factors to consider when contemplating a career as a writer.
Career #4 - Registered Nurse (RN)
Right off the bat, working in a hospital may not seem like fun - and it isn't always. Sometimes bad news must be given, and it's during these situations that having registered nurses who are fun-loving, outgoing, and lighthearted can be important.
Fun factors: Nurses often work directly with patients, so this interaction could allow you to get creative, crack jokes, and remain upbeat, all while administering medicines and organizing important details.
And since many medical establishments are open 24 hours, many nurses could enjoy flexibility in their schedules - which could allow them more time to have fun off the clock.
Education options: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, if you want to pursue a career in registered nursing, you can look into earning an associate's degree or diploma in nursing. From there, you'll need a passing score on a licensing exam.
Career #5 - Fashion Designer
Reading through fashion magazines, watching runway shows, and designing clothes: if this screams fun and glamour to you, then consider trying your hand as a fashion designer.
Fun factors: Seeing your creations and ideas come to life is exhilarating for those that appreciate good fashion and style. Because designers have a strong sense of the esthetics around them, creating a personal world that allows them to immerse themselves in colors and details is often very fulfilling - and not to mention fun.
The U.S. Department of Labor also notes that 30 percent of fashion designers are self-employed, which means that you can set the tone for your career. And hey, if you're fun-loving, your career will be too.
Education options: Employers often require extensive knowledge of textiles, fabrics, and trends, according to the Department of Labor. And while formal education is not required, many fashion designers earn associate's or bachelor's degrees in a related field, like fashion merchandising.
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