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New Career Choices

Updated on October 20, 2011

Looking for a job? Looking for a new career? There is a saying, when one door closes another opens, so if you find yourself unemployed suddenly, or if you long for a more interesting or exotic new career, there are some surprising options open. New career choices are being made every day, by choice or compulsion.

For the abruptly unemployed: DON'T FEEL BAD! There are many people in this situation through no fault of their own. We are all experiencing some degree of economic change. Many of us don't trust our current jobs to last us to retirement anymore; many of us also find our work environment is worsening daily due economic pressures. It could be the golden lining behind the cloud, bringing you to a new career choice that makes you happier and more successful than you've ever even been before.

Here are some examples of new career choices, suitable for a variety of people and situations. So, if you are looking for a new career, here are some options I've researched that you may be interested in.

Deep Sea Diver

One of the few growing areas of employment is for commercial divers and deep sea divers. Divers are needed for underwater construction jobs, repairs to bridges over water, repairs to deep sea oil wells, search-and-rescue missions for downed aircraft or sunken boats, underwater salvage operations...the list goes on an on. There are fewer qualified divers than there are positions open, so if you make the grade, you're practically guaranteed a job.

What do you need to do?

First of all, you need to be in top physical condition. Commercial divers have physically hard and dangerous work to do. Most often, a commercial diver begins his training at a young age--most commercial diving students are between the ages of 19 and 30 years old.

The steps are:

  1. Get some vocational training. You need to handle construction equipment and tools underwater, so it helps to be familiar with them.
  2. Go to a commercial diving school. There are six accredited commercial diving schools in the United States. (Follow the links, below.) You have to be a high school graduate to enter: training lasts from 4 to 10 months, and costs about $8,000.00



How much can you expect to make after getting certified as a commercial diver? Don't be disappointed to find out that the entry level positions don't pay that well. You earn between $18,000 and $30,000 per year, initially. But it builds--a Master Diver can earn between $60,000 and $80,000 per year, which is not bad for an initial investment of $8,000.

This career isn't for everyone. You have to be pretty tough, and you have to love the water. A young man in great physical condition who simply isn't very academically inclined, or who doesn't have the financing to fund 5 or 6 years of higher education, and who loves the water, might very well be interested in this career.

I knew a man who was in his late twenties. He had worked for about 7 or 8 years in a job he got right out of high school in an auto parts store. He upped and changed his life--he went to the Texas diving school, and found much more satisfaction and fulfillment, and much better pay, in his new career as a commercial diver. He was thirsty for adventure and tired of the blah-blah-blah dailiness of his regular job.


If you're looking for work at home, and are fed up with all the online scams for work at home jobs, you might want to consider...


I was really intrigued to find out how lucrative beekeeping can be, and how little it costs to start up. It's a different way to earn money at home, with honey!

Although you can raise bees practically anywhere, it helps to own your own property. Even though bees will travel over ten miles to the plants, and rooftop apiaries are possible in the city, it really helps to have more control over the apiary environment.

Here is what you should have to start with:

  1. A fenced-in back yard is the optimum conditions, with a still water source
  2. Beginner bee kit, with hive, smoker, bee veil & etc. Cost: about $150.00
  3. A package of bees. Cost: about $75.00 for three pounds of bees and a queen.
  4. You need to attend a 6 to 8 week course in beekeeping. Cost: about $75.00

That's it! Your initial outlay is about $300, all told, and your prospective income from the starter hive alone is about 45 cents per bee per year, or about $9,000.

It's something to think about for avid gardeners looking for some supplemental income from home, or for those of us who are either voluntarily or involuntarily self-employed.

The up side, of course, is that it's a very green way to make extra money, or even a full income, should you find yourself a natural at it. It's a very peaceful, natural, low-stress occupation, and the product is so sweet and healthy that you know you are doing well on more than one level. The skills needed to keep bees are fairly easy to master.

The down side is, of course, one of these days, you will get stung. If you're allergic to bee stings, this is definitely NOT the career for you!

Exotic Dancer

One of the most attractive things about exotic dancing as an occupation is the money. Exotic dancers get between $50 and $300 per hour! (I've never $300 per hour in my life! Have you?)

The convention is that you have to be a beautiful young girl, and very loose in your morals, in order to make a go of exotic dancing.

None of those things are particularly true, as it turns out.

First of all: the way you look is partly the way you dress, partly the way you are groomed to look, and partly the way you carry yourself. Just about woman can be beautiful and attractive, if she takes the time and develops the beauty tricks to make her so.

Second: most exotic dancers are NOT prostitutes, and though they may make a living titillating the sexual appetites of men, that is usually just as far as they go. If they are prostituting themselves out the back door of the strip club, they will soon lose their jobs, as well as risking disease, unwanted pregnancy, and rough sex.

Third: Exotic MALE dancers are in even more demand than exotic FEMALE dancers! Yet another great reason to buff out, guys!

Here's what you need to do, if you are interested in exotic dancing as a career:

  1. Get your best physical shape possible. Lose any extra weight. Believe me, every pound shows, and if you're motivated enough by the potential earnings, you can do it.
  2. Get into GROOMING! You have to be exquisitely groomed--all the unwanted hair waxed, your skin made flawless by body and face make-up, your hair at it's very best. All these beauty tips, tricks and secrets to either eliminate your flaws or hide them are available either online or in print. USE THEM!
  3. Learn some dance moves. There are some videos out there that can teach you the moves to exotic dancing in the privacy of your own home.
  4. Get some 4-inch heels, a G-string, non-slip pads for your high-heeled shoes, some anal bleach, and a couple of exotic costumes.
  5. Take a course in self-defense.
  6. Audition at your local strip clubs.

That's it! Go to it and good luck. Remember to keep your head up. You are a DANCER, an ENTERTAINER, and NOT a whore! Respect the other dancers you work with; develop your own style after learning from the others there; establish good comraderie with your customers, your boss and your co-workers, and you can't go wrong!

Medical Transciptionist

Medical Transcriptionist

If you're looking for a new career, and have access to the Internet, chances are you're seen online advertisements for training for a new career as a Medical Transcriptionist, or MT for short.

It isn't a scam. Not really. Medical transcriptionists are much in demand, and the demand is expected to grow, due to the aging population of baby boomers. The first baby-boomer received Social Security in June of 2009; she was born at midnight on January 1, 1946.

A medical transcriptionist takes the dictation of doctors and transcribes it into a written report. Most of this work is done in hospitals or doctor's offices; however, there are also many opportunities to work from home in this field.

The types of documents generated are things like:

  • medical histories
  • physical examination reports
  • operative and post-operative reports
  • autopsy reports
  • diagnostic imaging/ultrasound/MRI reports
  • progress notes

and etc.

What an MT needs to know:

  • medical terminology
  • some anatomy and physiology
  • pharmacology
  • the names of various diagnostic and medical procedures

and etc. In other words, a whole new vocabulary of very big words!

The training entails a one- or two-year course to become fully trained and certified. The costs involved range from around $20,000, all told, to about $32,000.

It's very expensive training, considering that entry level employment pays about $15.00 per hour. More experienced MT's with some further certifications may receive up to about $20.00 per hour.

Still, it takes an awful lot of hours of paid work to make up for the initial training.

The up side, of course, is that future employment is practically garunteed for the foreseeable future. It is very unlikely that voice-recognition software may make your career as an MT obsolete in the next 15 or 20 years.

The downside is the cost of the training, and the length of time it takes; also the low starting pay. If you need a new job, NOW, and don't have much money in the bank, then chances are this career is not for you.

So, looking over the new career choices here, you may find one that's attractive to you. I wish you the best of luck in your new career, and hope this has helped to start you thinking about the possible new career choices.

Some last tips to keep in mind:

  • A lot depends on your situation. You might not have the time or resources for extensive training in a new career, in which case, actually, your best bet may be to look in your local paper and keep your eyes peeled for "Help Wanted" posters. If you are out of a job and desperate to pay the rent, looking on line for work may be less productive for you than looking locally. Most of the real opportunities you'll see online may involve some investment in money and time for training, and further time to develop your skills and place you in your new career.
  • Be really careful of online work-at-home scams. If it sounds too good to be true, chances are, it iS!
  • These are just a few options for new career choices. Get thinking about the resources or attributes you already have, and what you might be able to do to profit by them.
  • Don't be afraid to think of yourself in a radically different career than the one you've been in. Don't be afraid of change. New career choices are available to you; you just have to think what's appropriate for you, what you're interested in doing, and how to make that work to earn a living.


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    • dhimanreena profile image

      Reena Dhiman 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for conveying about new Career choices. I think it is very helpful all job seekers.

    • Jonah Ender profile image

      Jonah Ender 

      6 years ago from Greater New York

      What about making a huge break into the mobile food industry? It's ideal for those with no job looking to build a solid, money making career. Check out my articles-I'm a certified food truck consultant and have happily seen many men/woman of all ages find success. It's not everyone, granted, but you should check it out. Starting a food truck business may be the blessing you've been seeking!! (:

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, bigzorro. It's a tough occupation but must be quite thrilling at times.

    • bigzorro profile image


      7 years ago from Germany

      I personally liked the information about Deep Sea Diving. I only wished I had known that two decades ago when I was in very good physical form.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Skye.

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      7 years ago

      Paradise interesting hub of love here. I love the humor with the honest education very clever indeed. A Great JOB!! I enjoyed your read. I do not think I qualify for any. It is all Good GOD is my source and how it gets here is besides me but it does. I am semi retired hairdresser close to 'fini'by choice. Now I am employed by Christ as if I was not before. Anything apart from God will fall. I like the snorkel Job physical shape yes age no go. Hugs Galore to you. Big thumbs up sista

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Kitty. With the exotic dancers, around here, the club will get shut down by the cops if there's prostitution involved. The club owners don't want to risk that, so if the girl gets that rep, out she goes! Some places they turn kind of a blind eye--we live in a conservative city in a state where prostitution is illegal.

      I like the idea of beekeeping, myself. I'm not afraid of or allergic to bees; I've read books where beekeepers talk to bees and learn something.

    • kittythedreamer profile image

      Kitty Fields 

      7 years ago from Summerland

      Paradise - Great hub! I do have to say one thing though on the topic of exotic dancers, I had a best friend who was an exotic dancer and I can tell you from personal experience that MANY of the exotic dancers in the area where I live also engage in prostitution to some degree. Either flat-out money for deeds or dating for money...usually one or the other. Though not ALL are prostitutes...a lot least in this area. But you are right in saying that not only beautiful young girls can be exotic dancers, older women can be too...but you have to have very low morality and most of the girls I've met have low self esteem, as well. Though that may be hard to believe for some. Thanks for the awesome hub though! I'm thinking about becoming a beekeeper. JK

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Laura.

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      Laura du Toit 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      What an interesting, if not somewhat unusual mix of career choices. There are so many career opportunities that one tends to overlook when you are young and then before you know it your only real choice is whether you should opt for retirement and try your hand at freelance writing or settle for another year of earning a near-decent salary. Thanks for this very interesting hub!

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Springboard.

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      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      The exotic dancer option is entirely out for me to be sure. But I think the gist of your article here is spot on. I ALWAYS try to see the light at the end of the tunnel (though I do regularly check to make sure it's not a train as well). Employment comes and goes. Money is they key I think. In everything we do and along every step of the way we have to be ever vigilant about our money, socking it away, and staying on top of what happens to it. Doing that, through our pursuits, and through whatever bends in the road we find, we can weather the storm easily when there's something to fall back on.

      Enjoyed the hub.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, ZZron.

    • zzron profile image


      7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Great tips and good advice.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Doug. Rolling with the changes in life is key to being a happy and well-adjusted, mature indiviual.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 

      7 years ago

      Definitely won't get bored in those professions.

      I agree with you: when unemployment crashes the party, open another door. Too many people sulk and prolong the job hunt when they could be finding something better. These are some interesting alternatives.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comments, Gypsy Rose and Flora.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Whatever one decides to do the important connection between all of these very diverse jobs is the English language. Here in Latvia I could choose to be anything I want as well however if I cannot speak Russian then I can just forget it. I speak English and Latvian and that is just not enough in this world. However if I still lived in the U.S. your hub would have inspired me to look into beekeeping. I love all creatures great and small and sometimes it's better to work with them than with people. Of course depending on the situation.

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      7 years ago

      Hahaha, Green lotis. I can't see myself doing any of these,the exotic dancer least of all. I think my cat would have issue with the bees.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Green Lotus: Go, girl! Thanks for the GREAT comment!

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      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hmmm...I'm having a hard time choosing between bee keeper and exotic dancer. I think you can get stung doing both; however :) Cheers!

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Jenn-zee. Out-of-the-box thinking is becoming more and more necessary, these days.

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      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      That's quite a varied selection of potential careers. Fun post! Definitely forces one's mind out of the "standard careers" box and kickstarts one's creative thinking. :-)

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comments, Marellen and Hollie. Beekeeping is the most attractive to me, as well. I'm not afraid of or allergic to bees, and I know the immense nutritional value of honey.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these unique employment opportunities with us. Those are all jobs that should be taken seriously. I'm to old for most of them but the beekeeper looks promising.

    • Hollie Thomas profile image

      Hollie Thomas 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      There are definitely some interesting occupations to consider here, although I can't see myself as an exotic dancer (not at my age anyway.) The beekeeper option is definitely worth considering. =)


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