Some careers not commonly considered, perhaps for good reasons!

by Grace

What is a great career path that kids in college aren’t aware exists?

The “wisdom” of Reddit generated over 12,000 replies to this question.  Here are the top ideas.

Crime-Scene Clean-up Technician — salaries start at $35,000 and go up to six figures

Best opportunities may be for those who are “experienced and live in an area with a lot of accidents/violent crimes”.

“It’s a very emotionally rewarding business and a very financially rewarding business,” he said. “It’s just extremely hard work and if you don’t have that switch where you can turn off your emotions, you can’t do it. It’s not for everybody.”

Funeral Director/Morticianmedian pay is $54,330 per year

This makes sense:  “The older directors are dying (sorry guys) and there is going to be a spike in the death rate since the baby boomers are starting to pass.”

Employment of funeral directors is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Those who embalm and are willing to relocate should have the best job prospects.

Land Surveyormedian pay is $54,880 per year

Employment of surveyors is expected to grow 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will result from increased construction related to improving infrastructure.


Other jobs suggested were mining engineer, air traffic controller, and court stenographer/reporter.  I would take all these suggestions with a grain of salt, but the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook is a good resource for checking out basic information.

Technology will continue to kill some jobs.

I know of a woman who has had a great career as a court reporter, with high job demand and reasonable working hours.  However, this job now seems ripe for a takeover by technology.  Here’s what the BLS has to say about court reporters.

Employment growth may be negatively affected by the increased use of digital audio recording technology (DART). Some states have already replaced court reporters with this technology, while some others are currently assessing the reliability, accuracy, and costs associated with installing and maintaining recorders.

Even with the increased use of DART, however, court reporters will still be needed to verify, check, and supervise the production of the transcripts after the proceedings have been digitally recorded. Despite the cost-savings that may be associated with DART, some state and federal courts may still prefer the quality provided by highly-trained court reporters.

Related:  Technological advancements stunt job growth – ‘the great paradox of our era’ (Cost of College)

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2 Comments to “Some careers not commonly considered, perhaps for good reasons!”

  1. One of my friends is married to a surveyor who has his own business. They have been struggling terribly since 2008. They live in the Southeast, btw. I would not see that as a good career right now.

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  2. I imagine surveyors track architects (and other similar careers) in growth. It’s been a bad few years. But maybe it’s due for a rebound? I would think the drilling boom has given a little boost to surveyors in certain parts of the country.

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