When you’re focused on homework, after-school jobs and standardized tests, who has time to think about — or plan for — a future career? Most high school students don’t have any idea about what they want ‘to be’ when they grow up.
But high school gives you the chance to explore all kinds of subjects. What are your favorite classes? Knowing what you’re into can give you an idea of your dream career. Other ways to get ideas include going to career day to hear guest speakers talk about their jobs or getting involved in student clubs relating to specific jobs like Future Educators of America, Distributive Education Clubs of America or Future Business Leaders of America. Shadow someone who works in an industry you’re interested in or ask your parents to take you to their job for “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”
It’s also smart to think about the education and training you’ll need in order to get the job of your choice. About 90% of today’s fastest-growing careers require additional education after high school.
Lucky for you, education and training come in all kinds of packages: apprenticeships, career-technical schools, colleges and universities. (See “5 Questions to Help You Choose Your School” and “All About Apprenticeships” for more info.) No matter what route you choose, your success will be determined by how you apply knowledge and skills.
Jobs Requiring a Certificate (per hour)
Cardiovascular Technologist and Technician $18.76
Claims Adjuster, Examiner and Investigator 24.40
Construction and Building Inspector 23.60
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 26.76
Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst 29.07
Paralegals and Legal Assistant 21.08
Radiologic Technologist and Technician 23.56
Real Estate Appraiser and Assessor 28.11
Jobs Requiring a Community College Certificate or Degree (Per hour)
Civil Engineering Technician $21.17
Computer and Information Systems Manager $50.31
Computer Software Engineer, Applications $35.81
Database Administrator $30.37
Dental Hygienist $26.67
Personal Financial Advisor $37.01
Public Relations Specialist $24.45
Registered Nurse $28.38
Sales Manager $56.54
Jobs Requiring 4 or More Years of College (Per hour)
Civil Engineer $36.99
Family and General Practitioner $77.48
Market Research Analyst $28.61
Occupational Therapist $33.27
Physical Therapist $34.51
Physician Assistant $39.21
Special Education Teacher (average) $30.27
Wages are 2007 statewide hourly averages for all workers in a given occupation. Wages may be higher or lower in different parts of the state. Teacher wage vary according to contract hours worked and experience. Source: Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation
Ashley Cisneros is a co-founder of Chatter Buzz Media, an Orlando Internet marketing firm that helps companies and organizations engage with their target markets through inbound marketing via the Internet. Chatter Buzz Media, which won the Social Madness competition for the Orlando small business market, is a full-service digital marketing firm specializing in website design, search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing and content creation. Prior to founding Chatter Buzz, Ashley worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, technical writer, marketing manager, public relations practitioner and freelance journalist. To see Ashley’s content writing, visit www.ashleycisneros.com. You can also reach Ashley on her Google profile.