Finding the right career that suits your wants and needs is what everyone is looking for. You want to find your purpose in life and finding that purpose often comes from your career choice. While it might not be the simplest task to find your dream job, it is well worth it.
Sometimes it takes a little push to get you on the right track. Inspiration for your dream job is everywhere, it just means you have to look in unusual places or consider careers that may never have occurred to you. At the end of the day, you want to know you are making the best decision for you or your family.
Here are 8 top careers that you should consider going into.
1. Loan Officer
As stated, not every career is one that you initially considered. That does not make them bad, there are simply a lot of options out there, so you are bound to miss some. Loan officers represent a financial institution, like a bank or lender, and have knowledge of different types of loans that can be offered to clients. They help advise clients on rates, types of loans, agreements, and other important documentation regarding the lending process. If you take a look at this page, you can see that you need a license to be a loan officer. This is a simple course you can take and be on your way to a new career path.
2. Software Developer
The world is going digital, and jobs are following suit. Software developers are responsible for the technology we use in apps and internet sites. They help code the algorithms and background functions that make these programs run effectively to improve daily lives. Software developers are considered one of the best career choices, with a high median salary, and a good balance in their personal lives. It requires a relatively strong background with projects and a Bachelor's degree for most positions as well.
3. IT Manager
Another job in the world of technology, specifically information technology, is the IT manager. IT managers are responsible for keeping computer systems working at maximum optimization, analyzing data, recognizing trends and patterns in software at companies, and managing their team of workers. IT managers are a great career choice because companies are expanding digitally and need a good team to lead the way.
4. Registered Nurse
Becoming a nurse is a noble pursuit. One of the most important jobs in healthcare is that of a nurse because they have to balance a good approach to people along with a strong understanding of practical medicine. The honor of becoming a nurse comes from the ability to help those in need, and provide care for all. Nurses are also a job that is in high demand, with the potential for a very livable salary.
5. Solar Panel Installer
One of the more obscure jobs on this list is that of a solar panel installer (sometimes referred to as a solar photovoltaic installer). This job is responsible for the proper and safe installation of solar panels. While the job itself has a moderate median salary, the growth potential is definitely something to keep an eye out for because of advances in the renewable energy fields. Companies like Tesla are paving the way for more common adoption of these jobs and will be needed in the near future.
It might seem like a weird perspective, but an aging population offers a better career future for some jobs. Chiropractors are responsible for treating musculoskeletal discomforts and issues and help patients relieve their pain through physical therapy. This job has growth potential because of that aging population who will be affected by natural deterioration to their body's movement and functions. Picking the right career often revolves around focusing on the future of that industry and what benefit it offers for society.
The trades are often overlooked in favor of jobs that require university education. While university jobs pay more on average, trade jobs like electricians can make a great salary over time. Electricians are one of the backbones of our society because we use electricity as our main power source for nearly everything. They help schools, hospitals, businesses, and homes stay powered and connected. This is definitely not a career for the faint of heart, but one that is highly rewarding for the hands-on work.
8. Mechanical Engineer
The more specialized and automated the world gets, the more it needs mechanical engineers. Their duties revolve around the ability to theorize, plan, and bring to life the creation of mechanical components or projects. From automobiles to planes, to robotics, mechanical engineers are at the forefront of imagining the world of applied technology.
Finding the right career path takes a long time, but for those that are willing to take risks and experience new things, the rewards are evident. These top 8 careers might be what you are looking for, and if not, they may lead you in the right direction.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist