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Program Manager
2
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Their role is mainly operational since this person is responsible for planning and governance and for overseeing the successful delivery of the program’s output/product. That is, the new capability.

SALARY
$64K- $134K
TIME
40-50/week
OUTLOOK
5%
Veterinarian
2
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Veterinarians serve the healthcare needs of animals, including small animals, livestock, avian, and zoo and laboratory animals.

SALARY
$58K- $160K
TIME
40/week
OUTLOOK
16%
Physician's Assistant
2
+ Reflections

Physician assistants (PAs) examine patients, prescribe medicine, and order diagnostic tests. In most cases, they work under the supervision of physicians or surgeons, but they can work more independently in some states, rural areas, and inner-city areas, consulting with physicians only when they need help with cases.

SALARY
$69,120 - $151,850
TIME
40/week
OUTLOOK
31%
Robotic Engineer
2
+ Reflections

A robotics engineer is a behind-the-scenes designer responsible for creating robots and robotic systems that are able to perform duties that humans are either unable, or prefer not to complete.

SALARY
$53K-$182K
TIME
40/week
OUTLOOK
6.4%
Producer
2
+ Reflections

Producers in the entertainment industry tend to the business and financial matters involved in making a movie, television show, or stage production. They oversee production and are responsible for the budget, timeline, and quality of the finished product.

SALARY
$33k - $164k
TIME
40+/week
OUTLOOK
12%
High School Teacher
2
+ Reflections

High school teachers are responsible for teaching students between grades 9 through 12. High school teachers usually teach one specific subject like English or U.S. history, however, they may teach other subjects as well.

SALARY
$27K-$75K
TIME
20+/week
OUTLOOK
4%
Dentist
2
+ Reflections

Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth.

SALARY
$113k - $208k
TIME
40-60/week
OUTLOOK
3%
Crime Analyst
2
+ Reflections

Crime analysts identify patterns and gather helpful data that can be used to help police command personnel and better allocate their police officers, detectives, and other assets.

SALARY
$34,000 - $47,000
TIME
35-40
OUTLOOK
Real Estate Agent
2
+ Reflections

Helps his/her clients purchase, rent, or sell properties. Advise clients about market conditions, conduct walkthroughs, and provide guidance and assistance through the process of buying, selling, or leasing properties

SALARY
$40k- $110k
TIME
40+/week
OUTLOOK
5.8%
Investment Banker
2
+ Reflections

May undertake several activities for a client, but the key task of the investment banker is to raise capital through issuing securities, whether debt or equity // Aggressive salespeople (at the more senior level) // Present results to their clients, for the purposes of decision making // Provide facts that give their investors better abilities to make choices // Educate the clients as much as they will persuade them.

SALARY
$60k - $100k
TIME
70-100/week
OUTLOOK
10%
Financial Analyst
2
+ Reflections

A Financial Analyst pores over data to identify business opportunities or make investment recommendations.

SALARY
$85k - $140k
TIME
40/week
OUTLOOK
6%
Architect
2
+ Reflections

Design structures such as houses, apartment complexes, shopping centers, office buildings, and factories. Make sure these structures will be functional, safe, economical, and suit the needs of the people who will use them.

SALARY
$80k - $140k
TIME
40/week
OUTLOOK
4% (2026)
Accountant
2
+ Reflections

The primary task of accountants is to prepare and examine financial records. They make sure that records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time.

SALARY
$40k - $70k
TIME
40 hours (min); Overtime > 60-80 hours
OUTLOOK
4% (2029)
Venture Capital Associate
2
+ Reflections

VC Associates invest in new and high-growth potential companies. They also work on growing the companies they invest in and and sell them through acquisitions.

SALARY
$80k - $150k
TIME
50-60/week
OUTLOOK
5% (2029)
Supply Chain Manager
2
+ Reflections

Supply Chain managers oversee all the steps in the production process from buying the raw material to delivering the product.

SALARY
$110,000
TIME
40/week
OUTLOOK
4% (2029)
Human Resource Manager
2
+ Reflections

Human Resource Managers overlook the recruiting and hiring process for an organization. They are the link between a company's management and its employees.

SALARY
$90k - $120k
TIME
38/week
OUTLOOK
6% (2029)
Data Scientist
2
+ Reflections

Data scientists collect and analyze data which will then be used by organizations to make certain business decisions.

SALARY
$80k - $120k
TIME
45-50/week
OUTLOOK
16% (2028)
Account Executive
2
+ Reflections

Account Executives hold sales positions where they focus on selling their services or products to other companies/individuals.

SALARY
$39k - $115k
TIME
45/week
OUTLOOK
5% (2024)
Travel Agents
2
+ Reflections

Travel agents sell transportation, lodging, and entertainment activities to individuals and groups planning trips.

SALARY
23k - 55k
TIME
40
OUTLOOK
-26% (decline) ~29
Executive Chef
2
+ Reflections

Chefs and head cooks oversee the daily food preparation at restaurants and other places where food is served. They tend to work in restaurants, private households, and other establishments where food is served.

SALARY
50K - 100K
TIME
40
OUTLOOK
6%
Career & School Counselors
2
+ Reflections

School counselors help students develop the academic and social skills needed to succeed. Career counselors help people choose a path to employment. School counselors work in public and private schools. Career counselors work in colleges, career centers, and private practices.

SALARY
55K-95K
TIME
40 - may vary
OUTLOOK
8% -29
Business Analyst
2
+ Reflections

Business analysts work with organizations to help them improve their processes and systems. They conduct research and analysis in order to come up with solutions to business problems and help to introduce these systems to businesses and their clients.

SALARY
54k - 140k
TIME
40
OUTLOOK
BLS predicts around 11& between 2019-29
Product Designer
2
+ Reflections

Product designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day. Industrial designers consider the function, aesthetics, production costs, and usability of products when developing new product concepts.

SALARY
$63,000 - $170,000
TIME
When employed in a company, they will work full-time (40 hrs/week) or even more.
OUTLOOK
Employment projected to increase 3 percent from 2018 to 2028.
Mental Health Counselors
2
+ Reflections

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, mental health issues, or other mental or behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help clients recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.

SALARY
$30,590 - $78,700
TIME
Most substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors work full time. In some settings, such as inpatient facilities, they may need to work evenings, nights, or weekends.
OUTLOOK
Employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 25 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Software Engineer
2
+ Reflections

Software developers design the applications or systems that make a computer or another device run using coding languages. Usually, software developers work for firms that focus on computer systems and related services, manufacturing, or for software publishers.

SALARY
$62,640 - $168,660
TIME
40 hours/week
OUTLOOK
Expected to grow by 22% from 2019 - 2029
Marketing Manager
2
+ Reflections

Marketing managers strategize and use business analyses to create a plan to generate the maximum amount of interest in a product or service.

SALARY
$80,815 - $143,416
TIME
40 hours/week
OUTLOOK
Expected to grow by 6% from 2019 - 2029
Lawyer
2
+ Reflections

Lawyers represent and argue for individual people, companies, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes in court. It is often viewed as a respected career, and difficult to pursue. Lawyers often spend 7 years in school, 4 in undergraduate studies and 3 in law school. Their bachelor's degree does not need to be majored in law, but it would be better to study something law-related, such as political science or criminal justice.

SALARY
$80,950 - $186,350
TIME
40+ hours/week
OUTLOOK
Expected to grow by 4% from 2019-2029
Director
2
+ Reflections

Directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They work with actors and cameramen.

SALARY
$37,771 - $124,984
TIME
40+ hours/week
OUTLOOK
Employment expected to grow by 10% from 2019-2029
Dermatologist
2
+ Reflections

A dermatologist is a certified medical doctor someone who specializes in diagnosing and treating concerns for skin, hair, and nails. They need 8 years of university education and 5 years additional training, but they often don't need to work overtime. Once fully trained, dermatologists use clinical skills, technical skills, and knowledge to provide the best treatment to their patients.

SALARY
$257,651 - $465,125
TIME
40-45 hrs/week
OUTLOOK
11.4% (2028)
Program Management
2
+ Reflections

Program managers supervise groups of projects and focus on long-term business objectives, while project managers oversee individual projects and have short-term, concrete deliverables.

SALARY
$94,000 - $134,000~
TIME
37 hrs/wk
OUTLOOK
4% (2030)
Production Designer
2
+ Reflections

They're main job is visual arts in which they're responsible for determining the the visual style and create all set pieces. They may also be asked to produce things such as catalogues for marketing purposes. (They're basically the stage crew of a high school musical/play.)

SALARY
$43,000 - $84,000
TIME
There are no fixed hours, but they are typically long and sometimes may even include unsocial working hours (10 PM - 6 AM) and weekends.
OUTLOOK
1% (2029)
Performing Arts (Singer/Musician)
2
+ Reflections

Singers read and interpret musical compositions and apply their voice and style to create a song. They also work in recording studios to create albums in which they will sing before a live audience (concerts).

SALARY
$25,000 - $190,000~
TIME
There are no fixed hours — they usually work less than 40 hrs/wk
OUTLOOK
1% (2029
Nurse
2
+ Reflections

Nurses work as part of a team of professional and medical staff that includes doctors, social workers and therapists. Typical duties of the job include: assessing and planning nursing care requirements. providing pre- and post-operation care. monitoring and administering medication and intravenous infusions.

SALARY
$58,000 - $127,000
TIME
40-60 hrs/wk
OUTLOOK
16% (2024)
Intelligence Analyst
2
+ Reflections

An intelligence analyst gathers and evaluates information from different sources to predict and prevent organized crime activities. They also use law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks, and geographic information systems to predict crimes and combat criminals.

SALARY
$80,000 - $150,000
TIME
40 hrs/wk
OUTLOOK
4.5% (2026)
Doctor
2
+ Reflections

Doctors (aka Physicians) are licensed health professionals who help patients/clients maintain and restore their health through medicinal practices. Their job is to examine the patients, review their medical history, diagnose the patient with an illness/injury, administer treatment, and counsel patients on their health and wellbeing.

SALARY
$190,000 - $340,000
TIME
60-80 hrs/wk
OUTLOOK
14% (2024)
Director of Photography
2
+ Reflections

The director of photography usually works alongside the director and is responsible for all of visual elements of the film including lighting, composition, and even planning the camera angles.

SALARY
$35,000 - $140,000
TIME
12~ hrs/day → 40+ hrs/wk
OUTLOOK
9% (2024)

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