5 Careers Choices that Offer Flexibility & Independence
When it comes to working, millennials like to have options, flexibility, and a sense of autonomy. They lived through the economic crash of 2007-2008, and they saw how the recession had a negative affect their families. They are also looking to diversify their source of income. Here are five careers that millennials should consider, which will give them some of what they are looking for in a job.
Information Security Analysts
Information security analysts are needed to secure an organization’s computer systems and networks from cyberattacks. Analysts are critical to protect data like client identities or credit card information from hackers. They must be fast learners and adaptable because internet security is an ever-changing market. Expected job growth in this field is 18% through 2024, and the median annual income is $92,600. An entry-level position requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field.
Developing computer programs and applications require a creative mind to develop the functionality and performance the customer wants in a computer program. While some developers focus on applications, others develop the systems running devices. Operating systems like iOS and Android are run on the backs of dedicated software developers. The expected job growth in this field is 17% through 2024, and the median annual income is $102,280. Entry-level positions require a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field.
Millennials should consider a career in occupational therapy if they like to help people feel better. Occupational therapists help people recover from injuries and surgeries so they can get back to work. They focus on helping clients improve their skills for daily living activities. The expected job growth in this field is 27% through 2024, and the median annual income is $81,910. A master’s degree in occupational therapy is required.
Writing is an ideal job for millennials. They create content for advertisers, blogs, magazines, the entertainment industry, and books. They’re self-employed, so they can set their own hours, and they often work from home, though many choose to travel around the world, blogging along the way through Wi-Fi provided in various hostels. The predicted job growth in this industry is only 2% through 2024, and the median income is $61,240. Having a college degree in creative writing is helpful, but not required.
Real Estate Agent
This is generally not the first career choice for young millennials, but if you love working with people, prefer to set your own hours, and want to have an unlimited income potential, you should consider the real estate industry. Prospective real estate agents need to get a real estate license, but they only need a high school education. The median annual income for real estate agents is $46,410, but the more successful and ambitious you are, the more you can make.
As the economy continues to improve and baby boomers retire, more careers choices will open up for millennials. Many millennials may have a traditional job while also maintaining an unconventional job as a side gig to make extra money. Millennials should keep their options open, and find the work they love doing.
ContributorClaire Stewart is a freelance writer and blogger focused on writing about health, travel, and business among other topics. She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelors in Women’s Studies and currently lives in Seattle with her goldfish, Merlin.