List of Cool Careers

Mary Gormandy White
Aircraft rescue firefighting team

Are you trying to decide what type of career is right for you? It's only natural to look for cool career ideas when thinking about what to do with your future. After all, you'll spend quite a bit of your adult life working. Why not find something that provides you with a way to earn a living that you'll also really enjoy. Of course, not everyone defines the same activities as cool. Here are some career ideas that you might find to be cool, based on what you enjoy and what you hope to accomplish.

10 Exciting Careers

Do you thrive on excitement and action? Are you at your best when you feel adrenaline pumping through your body? Can you use your energy to get things done? One of the following 10 careers might be a great option for you:

  • Airplane pilot
  • Event planner
  • FBI agent
  • Firefighter
  • Investigative reporter
  • Photojournalist
  • Police officer
  • Professional athlete
  • Private investigator
  • Skydiving instructor

10 In-the-Know Careers

Do you take pride in being someone who is in-the-know? Do you like being in the center of the action while thriving on behind-the-scenes work? Are you trustworthy and capable? Consider careers like one of the 10 options listed below:

  • Attorney
  • Advertising professional
  • Creative manager
  • Journalist
  • Paralegal
  • Personal assistant
  • Politician
  • Publicist
  • Sports agent
  • Talent agent

10 Helping Careers

Is your idea of a really cool career one that provides you with an opportunity to help other people? Do you want to dedicate your career to making life better for others? Here are 10 occupations that might meet your needs:

  • Career coach
  • Counselor
  • Doctor
  • Fundraising professional
  • Mediator
  • Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Teacher

10 Creative Careers

Do you like the idea of working in a field that allows you to use your creativity? If so, consider occupations that require creative talent as well as skill and dedication. Ten examples of creative careers include:

  • Actor
  • Cake decorator
  • Dancer
  • Graphic artist
  • Fiction writer
  • Interior designer
  • Landscape architect
  • Musician
  • Photographer
  • Songwriter

10 Animal-Related Careers

Is your idea of a cool career one that provides you with the opportunity to work with animals? Here are 10 options that may interest you:

  • Animal caregiver
  • Dog groomer
  • Dog trainer
  • Horse trainer
  • Marine biologist
  • Pet supply salesperson
  • Ranch hand
  • Veterinary technician
  • Veterinarian
  • Zookeeper

Looking Beyond What Seems Cool

As you move forward with your career plans, it's certainly important to think about what type of work seems cool to you; however, that is not the only important factor to consider. The fact that you enjoy a certain type of activity doesn't mean that it is a good career option for you..

Some activities are better suited to be hobbies than careers. You may enjoy skydiving occasionally, but not everyone who likes this activity wants to engage in it on a daily basis. The idea of being a police officer, FBI agent or firefighter may seem exciting, but these jobs are very different than they are portrayed on television and in the movies. They're not always exciting and they can be dangerous.

It's also important to consider what the demand is like for the occupation that you are considering. Many people want to become professional athletes, but breaking into this profession can be very difficult due to the high level of competition and limited opportunities. Working as a physician can be a great way to fulfill your goal of helping people, but you need to realize that you'll spend many years in school before being able to reach this career goal.

Make sure that you have a realistic idea about the realities of the day-to-day work involved in the field you are considering before making a final decision. Coolness may be important, but so are education and training requirements, availability of positions and pay considerations.

List of Cool Careers