Suits, ties, gray walls, early mornings—not sure if grown-up life is your thing? Luckily, growing up and earning a stable salary are workforce goals you can reach without being forced into a corporate lifestyle. There are jobs out there that enable you get paid for what you love doing.
Music Production and the Recording Arts
The growth of electronic sound engineering makes a formal music production and recording arts education a near-standard for those who are serious about a career in sound engineering. For success in the digital world, wannabe producers need not only solid professional production abilities, but experience in marketing themselves, too.
Audio production is a vital component to a variety of careers in the entertainment industry, including movies, video games and music. Schools like Pinnacle Music Production College in CA connect students to industry insiders and internships that can help them build a portfolio good enough to land a great first job. More often than not, a career as a music producer doesn't fit into a 9-5 lifestyle. It's typically fast-paced and deadline-driven, and often you can work in the studio or at home.
If nature is your calling, and the idea of being trapped in a cubicle is unbearable, consider a job as a park ranger. Park rangers manage and supervise the conservation of federal, state and local areas, wildlife and habitats. Of the 20,000 employees of the National Park Service, 3,861 are park rangers. The Houston Chronicle reports that the U.S. National Park Service hires about 10,000 seasonal/temporary employees and 16,000 permanent employees a year.
The required education, qualifications and training for park rangers varies by state and position. A tour guide may only need a few months of general work experience and a high school diploma. A ranger who presents information to the public may need a background in education and data research. For example, in the State of Washington, entry-level employees get on-the-job training and take courses at the law enforcement academy. The State of California specifies new rangers take training courses in addition to completing two years of study from a state-accredited college.
Dance classes don't have to stop in adulthood. A career as a dancer, educator or choreographer fuels personal passion and can help ignite a calling in others. Dance degree recipients go on to be performers, work in arts administrative positions, teach or become choreographers and producers.
Degree programs offer dancers the opportunity to explore all areas of dance. The dance program at City University of New York's Hunter College offers such classes as folk, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, African, modern, post modern and even yoga; formal education extends to a knowledge in areas of kinesiology, anatomy and history. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that on average, dancers made a median hourly wage of $13.16 and choreographers $18.11 in May 2010. The bureau predicts that employment for dancers is expected to grow 18 percent.
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