Types of Careers Listed by Industry, Job, and Salary

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Are you checking out career options? Looking for a new career or thinking about changing jobs? The more you learn about possible options, the easier it will be to decide if you’re interested in a particular job or industry. You might discover that you love a job, or that it might be something that you’d never want to do. It’s always a good idea to take time to explore career opportunities, regardless of whether you’re just starting out or at mid-career looking for something different the next time around.

Here’s information on a variety of different careers, organized by industry. You can also check out lists of careers organized by other categories such as type of position (seasonal, part-time, etc.), and explore jobs that pay particularly well.

You will learn the steps you need to take to enter a particular career field, what types of qualifications you will need (including required education, skills, and experience), specific job titles within the field, and more. You will also find information on where to find job listings, interview advice, and salary information.

Careers Listed by Industry and Title

Below is a list of job titles, organized by industry. If you are not sure what kind of job you are looking for, click on some of the job titles you are interested in. Read the articles to get an idea of what each job entails, and the qualifications you would need to apply.

Aviation: The airline industry is a multi-billion-dollar business. The Department of Transportation organizes the industry into four categories: international, national, regional, and cargo. Could your next job be in one of those areas?

  •     Aircraft Dispatcher
  •     Aircraft Mechanic
  •     Airline Pilot
  •     Flight Attendant

Arts: Love art? With a little perseverance and luck, creative types can forge their careers in an arts-related field.

  •     Actor
  •     Architect
  •     Art Appraiser
  •     Art Auctioneer
  •     Artist
  •     Museum Jobs
  •     Music Conductor

Business: You don’t necessarily need an MBA to make it in business, although many jobs in this category will require some education past high school, as well as an aptitude for numbers.

  •     Accountant
  •     Administrative Assistant/Secretary
  •     Advertising
  •     Consultant
  •     Financial Advisor
  •     Fundraiser
  •     Government Jobs
  •     Human Resources
  •     Insurance Agent
  •     Investment Banker
  •     Lawyer
  •     Management
  •     Market Research Analyst
  •     Nonprofit Job

Law Enforcement: Educational requirements vary for law enforcement jobs: while federal law enforcement jobs tend to require at least a bachelor’s degree, some police officers can get started in the field with on-the-job training or a few years of college or military experience.

  •     Criminal Justice
  •     Federal Law Enforcement
  •     Police Officer

Media: If occupational outlook is the most important factor in your search for a career, most media jobs might seem like a bad bet. But look closer: publishing gigs might be harder to come by, but the world always needs clever wordsmiths. And if you’re tech-savvy, your horizons are unlimited.

  •     Book Publishing
  •     Freelance Editor
  •     Freelance Writer
  •     Public Relations
  •     Web Developer
  •     Writer/Editor

Medical: Look at any list of top-paying, fast-growing jobs, and you’ll see healthcare jobs right at the top of the ranking. Even during the depths of the Great Recession, this industry was booming. Of course, these jobs aren’t for everyone: it takes compassion and emotional fortitude to work in this field, as well as the willingness to spend time and money training.

  •     Doctor
  •     Nurse
  •     Paramedic
  •     Psychologist
  •     Social Worker
  •     Veterinarian

Service Industry: If you think of waitstaff or bartenders when you think of the service industry, you’re only looking at part of the picture. There are many different jobs that involve serving the public. Could one of these be right for you?

  •     Bank Teller
  •     Call Center
  •     Funeral Director
  •     Hair Stylist
  •     Personal Fitness Trainer
  •     Retail
  •     Sales
  •     Ski Instructor
  •     Waiter
  •     Wedding Planner

Teaching: Love teaching? Don’t assume that the classroom is the only place to ply your trade. Technology has made it possible to teach online, while teachers who crave flexibility and human interaction can try subbing, working part-time, or teaching abroad.

  •     Career Counselor
  •     School Jobs
  •     Substitute Teacher
  •     Teacher
  •     Teaching Abroad
  •     Teaching Online

Technology: The tech industry is booming, and your career can boom right along with it. You don’t necessarily need a degree to get these jobs. Pick up the necessary skills via online courses, bootcamps, or practical experience, and many employers will put you to work.

  •     App Developer
  •     Computer Programmer
  •     Database Administrator
  •     Programmer
  •     Software Developer
  •     Web Developer

Other Options: If you haven’t spotted your career on our list just yet, don’t despair. Here are a few of the other growing careers that don’t fit anywhere else.

  •     Animal Careers
  •     Military Careers
  •     STEM Careers

Jobs Listed by Type of Position

Check out this list of jobs if you are looking for a career to fit a particular situation. For example, if you are looking for a part-time job, or if you are a high school student looking for a job, click on the list that fits your needs.

  •     First Jobs
  •     Jobs for 14- and 15-Year-Olds
  •     Jobs for High School Students
  •     Part-Time Jobs for College Students
  •     Jobs for College Graduates
  •     Jobs Abroad for College Graduates
  •     Part-Time Jobs
  •     Temp-to-Perm Jobs
  •     Internships
  •     Seasonal Jobs
  •     Summer Jobs
  •     Summer Jobs for Kids
  •     Summer Jobs for Teachers
  •     Jobs for Parents
  •     Work-at-Home Jobs
  •     Work-at-Home Data Entry Jobs

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