Why are all the great jobs so boring?
It turns out the glamorous careers you might have wanted as an 8-year-old – pilot, gymnast, videogame designer, environmental scientist – are chump-change professions. You really should be finding the inner you in telecommunications network engineering.
Sure, maybe it wasn't much fun maintaining power grids and communication systems in the old days for the likes of AT&T and Time Warner Cable. But now the profession is exploding, CNNMoney reports, because telecommunications network engineers can do the same thing for a whole bunch of Wi-Fi, broadband, and other companies.
It's closely followed by No. 2 systems engineering (which is, broadly speaking, doing the same thing for other companies without all the colored wires).
Does Little Suzy want to become a fashion designer? Tell her to ditch it for personal financial advising (No. 3), where she can tailor retirement plans to her heart's content.
Does Johnny want to be a doctor? Set his bar higher with a position as veterinarian (No. 4), physical therapist (No. 8), or physician assistant (No. 9).
A career on Wall Street is out, obviously. Really, really out. But senior financial analyst (No. 5) and information-technology business analyst (No. 6) are in. Videogame designer is passé compared with software development director (No. 7) and computer/network security consultant (No. 10).
Your future is crackling with these exciting opportunities. OK, not-so-exciting opportunities. Things could be worse. You could be a journalist.
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