The definition of “cool careers” is changing. Two decades ago, kids would be laughed out of the room for wanting to manage a Fortune 500 Facebook page. If you’re wondering what you should major in, or if you’re struggling to find a career, your options aren’t as limited as you think—or as limited as they used to be. After all, every single year, new technology and services are creating new types of jobs. Especially in this day and age, the world of work is always expanding. Here are some neat career paths that didn’t exist 20 years ago:
We live in the age of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, which is why every company signs up for social media accounts. Since it’s hard to get noticed when there are millions of other accounts out there fighting for views, social media managers exist in order to make their companies stand out. They’re paid to write clever tweets and to gain likes on their posts with the hopes of getting attention and making more money for their company. Social media managers typically have communications degrees or similar, though programs are evolving that are specifically geared toward social media itself.
Registered dietitians are trained professionals that know everything about nutrition. Some of them work in schools, some work in hospitals, and some even work in research centers. Their job is to educate the public about proper nutrition, to set up meal programs, and to provide medical nutrition therapy. The projection statistics for dietitians look pretty good—the career is expected to grow 21 percent in the next seven years, which is faster than average.
App developers are paid to create phone and computer applications. They should have skills involving software, because they need to establish programs and test data-sets. Not only is it important for them to know how to work with computers, but they should also be comfortable working with a team, and they should be creative enough to come up with new, innovative ideas that’ll sell. App developers are generally educated in computer science with a related field such as data structure or programming. Unsurprisingly, the career has an impressive growth projection at 23 percent. Apps are the future, after all.
SEO stands for search engine optimization. It’s what companies use in order to make sure their websites receive the highest amount of exposure possible. If you become an SEO strategist, your responsibilities will include customizing social strategies, analyzing sales and performance data, and enhancing a company’s overall marketing. SEO is also one of the easiest jobs to do from home, as all your work exists on the internet and can therefore be achieved as long as you have a connection. On the same note, as long as people keep searching the internet, companies will need to hire SEO staff. How’s that for job security?
Women everywhere have fallen in love with Zumba, an intense dance class that is meant to keep you fit while having fun. As an instructor, your responsibility would be to teach your students how to do the moves that will give them the best workout. That means it’s important for you to be fit, to know all there is to know about Zumba, and to love working with others. We bet a physical education degree—or a degree in dance—would be helpful too.
You can make money blogging about anything these days. It doesn’t matter if you’re a fashionista, a sports fan, or a Netflix addict; people will read about whatever’s interesting enough to capture their attention. If you’re not the best writer, then you can try vlogging instead. If you create a channel that’s popular on YouTube, you could get paid by advertisers just for mentioning a simple product—not to mention fan merchandise and ad revenue. Plenty of YouTubers even have their own books and television shows in the works. It’s a stepping stone to stardom.