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So what do you want to be when you grow up? This is a common question asked when you are a kid. Often still asked after you’re all grown up. Every kid has a dream. Almost every kid wants to be something when they grow up. As they grow older, their dreams and goals are constantly changing.
Children are likely to choose the occupations of their parents as that is a major influence on them. Kids may, at first, choose common occupations such as teachers, police officers, veterinarians, doctors, firefighters, actors, models, and athletes. These occupations are well known to them and are occupations that have the most exposure to young children.
There are plenty of jobs that exist and will always exist throughout the child’s entire lifetime. However, there are also plenty of jobs that will not exist when a child grows into adulthood. There are also many more jobs that have never even been heard of. Social Media and SEO Consultants were never a thought in anyone’s mind before the Internet. Before the 1950s, computer jobs were not very common, if they existed at all.
New job and career opportunities are being created every day, while there are also many disappearing because of new technology rendering them obsolete. Your children will take jobs that you never heard of or even dreamed of. You have probably acquired a job that your parents never knew existed.
If you want to secure a career or a job for yourself, think in advance about what humanity might need in the future, and then establish yourself in that area. Think outside the box. Think about the next best thing. If you are not that type of thinker, don’t worry. Not everyone is. Just be ambitious and motivated to be somebody. Have the desire to change the world and you will find your place and passion to discover your great purpose in this life.
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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
In the United States, there are 22.2 million children ages 6-11.
By 2020, there will be a projected 163.9 million jobs.
2.5 million of those jobs will be one of these top ten.
Average Income: $3.4 million per year
Training: Some college (for recruiting purposes)
Average Age: 27
Projected Growth by 2020: 22% (faster than average)
Average Income: $315,000 for orthopedic surgeons, 156,000 for pediatrcians
Training: 4 years undergrad, 4 years medical school, 2-year residency/internship
Estimated Loans & Fees: Over 80% of each med school class will graduate with $158,000 debt
Projected Growth by 2020: 24% (faster than average)
Average Income: $82,040 ($39.44 per hour)
Training: 4 years grad, 4 years veterinary college, 2-year internship (required for licensure)
Estimated Loans & Fees: $133,873
Projected Growth by 2020: 36% (much faster than average)
Average Income: $22.39 per hour
Training: Music lessons
Estimated Loans & Fees: Can cos up to $100,000 to record & promote an album, factoring in studio time, album art, equipment costs, travel, etc.
Projected Growth by 2020: 10% 9about as fast as the average)
Average Income: $55,010 ($26.45 per hour)
Requirements: High school diploma, 21 or older, BS in Criminal Justice (optional)
Projected Growth by 2020: 7% (slower than average)
Average Income: $45,250 ($21.76 per hour)
Danger: 61 firefighter deaths in 2011 & 71,875 injuries in 2010
Projected Growth by 2020: 9% (slower than average)
Average Income: $92,060 per year
Training: 4 year degree + flight school ($40,000 – $60,000 per program) OR 4 year degree in Aviation ($120,000) OR Military Training (8-year commitment)
Projected Growth by 2020: 11% (about average)
Average Income: $17.44 per hour
Training: Some acting lessons
Projected Growth by 2020: 4% (slower than average)
Average Income: $74,872 – $155,500 for a clandestine officer
Training: College degree, know a foreign language, 5 years as a desk agent
Projected Growth by 2020: Operations officers will spend 60-70% of their time overseas, Housing stipend + schooling for kids provided
Average Income: $42,560 ($20.46 per hour) through an agency: 18% of models are self-employed/part-time
Average Career Length: 2-5 years
Highest Paid Model as of 2012: Gisele Bundchen (made $45 million last year)
So… How do I Become a…?
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Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.