"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
That's the iconic question we were all asked as kids when we had our hearts set on a certain career. Then, life happened, bills piled up, and that dream job became a distant memory. However, dream jobs that pay are obtainable -- for you, or for a friend or loved one. Here are six worth looking into:
Children who loved pets might have dreamed of becoming a vet one day. The job outlook is strong as the industry is expected to grow by 18 percent by 2026. If they stick to eight years of schooling and state licensure testing, the pay will be worth it for these animal lovers.
Says Dr. Jeremy Gransky DVM, a veterinarian for MVS Pet Care, "Being able to help pet owners maintain their close connection with their beloved dog or cat by insuring their pet is healthy and happy is incredibly rewarding. Doing so by providing the care in the client's home (through the MVS system) really enhances our ability to provide that care is a way that is very personalized for the pet owner and much less stressful for the pet."
Kids who enjoy school often dream of becoming teachers; however, many are turning to the booming tutoring industry for thriving careers which is projected to reach $200 billion by 2023.
According to Frank Milner, president of Tutor Doctor, "Being a tutor is an incredibly rewarding role. Every interaction is a chance to make a positive impact on someone's life. One-to-one tutoring provides the opportunity to help a student succeed while fostering meaningful relationships with them and their family."
Maybe you were a food lover at a young age, fascinated with flavors, helped the family cook meals in the kitchen. Well becoming a chef can be a grueling journey, but through franchising more and more job opportunities are hitting the market.
Says Mitchell Bennett, a chef for Angry Crab Shack, "Being a chef is such a fulfilling experience both inside and outside of the kitchen. I have been able to work with so many people and pass on my knowledge and passion and see the great things they've been able to accomplish. Every chef can push the limit and test their creativity with new dishes then receive instant feedback and gratification from customers. It's incredibly rewarding when you are able to give people an experience they won't forget and that's what this profession is all about."
4. Travel agent
The travel agency industry has hit $40 billion in revenue. As online booking process has grown overly complex, many are finding solace in one-to-one communication with an expert travel agent.
Explains Kimberley Cornish, an Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise partner, "It is so enriching to work in such a vibrant industry like travel because every day is an opportunity to help a client fulfill their vacation dreams. Travel agents are proud of their knowledge and insight into what cruise lines and destinations would be perfect for a client. When everything goes well and you hear back from your customer about how amazing their vacation was, it reminds every travel agent why we are in this line of work."
5. Hair stylist
Maybe you were the youngster performing makeovers on your siblings or yourself and always had a knack for hair and beauty -- well, the hair care market size is projected to be worth $211.1 billion by 2025 as there's a growing trend in fashion and beauty.
According to Inger Ellen Nicolaisen, founder of Nikita Hair, "Working as a hairstylist means you have one of the happiest and most fulfilling careers in the world. You have the opportunity to work in the identity business and it gives you the power to change people's look and self-confidence by creating great hair and a great feeling. Hair is a reflection of personality, and stylists get to use their skills and creativity to bring out a person's true self."
Health and fitness has grown to become a trillion-dollar industry and many young sports fanatics end up turning to coaching -- some even have the opportunity to train professional athletes; the real dream job.
Says Magdalena Mook, CEO and executive director of the International Coach Federation, "We're looking for a leveling off [in coaching's popularity], and it's not happening. Coaching is becoming woven into the fabric of people's lives."
If you're ready to make a change in your own career, be sure to map out the details of your transition in advance. Consider trying it part time or as a volunteer to start, then jump in full time if you're happy with the change.