Dreaming Big: Larger Than Life Careers

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  • A career is something that you need to choose carefully because it will determine a lot of important things in your life — how much you earn, the sense of professional fulfillment you experience, the type of people you meet and of course, the happiness you get. Many young people are fascinated by the workings of massive objects and if you are one of these, you could make your interest into a career. The following are five of such career options that you should know about to help you make the right decision.

    Civil Engineers

    Civil engineers are involved with the designing, construction, and maintenance of huge structures — airports, roads, bridges, tunnels, dams, and buildings. To become a civil engineer, you need to have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering obtained through a program that is approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. This course includes a study of engineering mechanics, mathematics, fluid dynamics, and statistics, and takes 4 years to complete. On completion of the course, civil engineers need to obtain a license, especially if they are going into independent practice.

    Landscape Architects

    If you have always wondered about how a park, playground, airport, highway, commercial, or residential complex or recreational facility is designed, here is the answer — it is the brainchild of a landscape architect. In recent times, this career has also made inroads into the area of preserving the environment and historical or heritage sites.

    To become a landscape architect, you need a four or five year bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. Although in recent times, some people study further for a two or three year master’s degree, but whatever the degree you choose, it must be accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board. During this education, you will need to study about site design and planning, soil science, landscape ecology, and geology, and will also get hands-on experience through working on designing projects using computers and models.

    Aviation Manufacturing Engineers

    Aircraft manufacturing is a career that calls for knowledge of complex engineering, robotics and computer systems. Aviation manufacturing engineers take care of designing, developing, constructing, running and maintaining large and small aircraft for varied uses. For a career in this field, you need to have an engineering degree — preferably in aerospace engineering or in industrial or mechanical engineering. However, to become an aircraft technician, even a 2-year degree obtained from a technical college will suffice. Most aviation manufacturing engineers find jobs with NASA, FAA and aircraft manufacturing companies.

    Rocket Scientists

    There is something sophisticated and yet, magical, about human beings launching rockets into the vast unknown. To become a rocket scientist, one needs to have at least a four-year bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, which involves a study of mechanics, engineering, and aerodynamics. Some universities offer a five-year program that confers the student with both the bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Rocket scientists find employment in NASA, communication satellite companies, and the Department of Defense.

    Naval Architects

    If working on gigantic vessels that traverse the vast oceans holds great appeal for you, then you can opt for a career in naval architecture. Right from designing and building to operating and maintaining ships, submarines and tankers, naval architects are involved with all aspects of sea transportation. In recent times, they also find employment in the oil and natural gas industry that is involved with generation of power through offshore drilling. Some universities offer a four-year bachelor’s degree in naval architecture; on successful completion of this course, you also need to procure a mariner’s license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

    If you are looking at pursuing one of these larger than life careers, you need to begin preparing well in advance. Right at the high school level, pay careful attention to the study of science and math. These are the basic subjects you need to know well to master the intricacies of subjects you will study later on at college level.

    Author Bio

    Ryan Ayers is a writer who creates articles in relation to education. In this article, he explains educational requirements for a few interesting careers and aims to encourage further study with an online masters degree civil engineering.

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