What Do You Want to Be? Six Traditional Career Options and Why They Are Great

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  • With the advent of technology, there are various types of careers and options for education in order to prepare people for these careers. The options are endless for non-traditional employment opportunities. However, there are still career paths out there that are considered more traditional – careers that often provide economic and financial stability. Here are six traditional career options and why they are great.


    Lawyers have prestigious careers. Although this profession requires many hours of work and education, lawyers do make fairly good salaries. There are many different types of law, and some professionals (if they choose) get to be a part of all the action in the courtroom. It’s a highly entertaining, fast-paced profession. In the US, lawyers average over $100,000 a year.


    Doctors serve as care-takers who hold expert knowledge about human anatomy and physiology. There are various specialties and subfields for doctors to focus in. With a challenging and exciting career like this, a doctor will never be bored, while also making a tremendous amount of money. Doctor’s salaries range from a “low” end of $150,000 a year for family doctors to over $300,000 for specialists like radiologists and orthopedic surgeons.


    This profession allows people to be creative and the leaders of their own businesses. With the ability to design their own business and take charge in leading it. The type of career could have both flexible hours and be financially fruitful. Obviously there is a degree of risk in starting a business, but it can be one of the most rewarding careers if your business gets off the ground. Salaries fall under a huge range due to the wide nature of “entrepreneurship”.


    Women are viewed as being good with children because of their ability to have children. As a result, many women entered the work force as teachers. Although men teach as well, the field is still heavily populated by women. This career is great because it often requires only 180 days of full-time work. In other words, teachers get more vacation time built into their schedules because of summer break than any other career. However, this common perception is still a little skewed, as teachers often contribute free time to clubs and extra-curricular activities, and some even teach summer school.


    Because women are viewed as being caretakers and mothers, the nursing field is often occupied by women. But with an aging society, more nurses are called upon to assume some of the roles of doctors and are earning master’s of nursing degrees. Although these classes can be attended in person, many are earning their MSN degrees online thanks to technological advancement. Schools like Eastern Kentucky University Online offer many degrees, including nursing degrees, in this type of format. Nurses are earning an average of approximately $65,000 a year.

    Clerical Assistant

    These assistant positions are great because they are not hard in labor. They consist of maintaining schedules, taking phone calls, sorting mail, making copies, and planning events. The average clerk makes about $23,000 a year.
    These six traditional careers are great places to begin investigating your options. They nearly all require degrees, but that is a common first step to a stable career.

    About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. This article uses information from Eastern Kentucky University Online.

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