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Looking for Your Calling? 5 Great Jobs for Younger Workers

It can be really difficult to decide what you want to do with your life. Even though people have probably been asking you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” since you were little (which actually isn’t a great thing to do) you’re still not totally sure. Maybe you have some ideas, but you’re also still weighing your options.
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The people from the job search site CareerBuilder.com have dubbed March “Find Your Calling” Month to help young folks on this very quest. As a part of this effort they’ve established a website, FindYourCalling.com, and released a list of the top jobs for young workers. All listed jobs are growing quickly, pay well, and are popular with worker ages 19 to 24.

1. Social Science Research Assistants

Research assistants offer support in a variety of ways, depending on the nature of the study. They often work closely with people and data, so workers should feel comfortable with both. These jobs grew by five percent from 2013 to 2017, and about 28 percent of workers are between the ages of 19 and 24.

2. Coaches and Scouts

Athletic coaches often have some type of teaching background as well as experience in the field of athletics. Travel is often required, especially for scouting work. These jobs are exciting and can be a lot of fun even though the average pay isn’t as high as some other job titles on the list. About 22 percent of people in these professions are between the ages of 19 and 24 and the number of jobs available grew by seven percent from 2013 to 2017.

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3. Adult Basic/Secondary Education/Literacy Instructors

If you’re considering going into the field of education, working as a literacy instructor could be a great way to try it out and get a little experience. These professionals work hard to deliver quality instruction to adults looking to further their education and career goals. It’s difficult work, but it’s also very fulfilling and rewarding. Young people make up about 22 percent of folks with this job title, and the number of jobs has grown by five percent since 2013.

4. Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

These workers observe and document situations in order to assess risk factors and make suggestions that protect the safety of individuals and groups. Job growth was about 7 percent between 2013 and 2017. Twenty percent of workers are between the ages of 19 and 24.

5. Forensic Science Technicians

If you’re interested in criminal justice, a job as a forensic science technician might be for you. People with this job support forensic departments in police stations and their work helps to solve crimes. Available jobs in the field have grown by 12 percent in recent years. About 18 percent of forensic science technicians are between the ages of 19 and 24.

For more information, see the complete list of top jobs for young workers from CareerBuilder. Also, be sure to check out these job titles at PayScale.com. You can learn more about these occupations and the career trajectories commonly associated with them.

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