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Jobs/professions separated by taste, and income, but not skills?

Those who can, do; those who can't, teach. But it seems to me -- as a teacher discussing possible careers with young folks, in which some focus on maximum expected income per skill set -- that there are jobs or professions in which the average participant could excel at another, and earn (on average) more money, but chooses not to. This is helpful in illustrating that income isn't allocated by talent, and those choosing professions value many different things. Can you help me think of airtight examples in the following form? "Many/most Xs have the skills to succeed as Ys -- and they could earn more money, on average, as Ys -- but they choose not to." Speculation about why they might make that choice (including, e.g., love of doing X, distaste for Y, risk averseness, etc.) also appreciated. Please set aside factors that don't really relate to choice, such as scarcity or ignorance. Thanks!
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Feb 10, 2013 - 19 answers

 

Is a career change into finance realistic for me?

Over the last year or so, my interest in Finance has been building steadily, to the point where I’m considering the possibility of a career change. [more inside]
posted by molloy on Feb 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Career Coaching recommendations please! (especially in LA)

I'm looking for a professional careers coach in LA to give me advice about changing careers (especially ones who are good at talking with MBA grads who don't necessarily want a typical MBA-type job). The variety of coaches available out there is a bit confusing and some of them are expensive - can anyone personally recommend one? And what criteria should I be judging them on anyway? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Jan 30, 2013 - 2 answers

What can I do in my free time which could lead to a job?

What qualifications (certifications, skills, volunteer experiences, etc.) can I realistically pick up, for free, without actually being employed in the field which they would qualify me for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Linkedin for the Differently-Organized?

How does one use linkedin effectively if one hasn't exactly got a career? [more inside]
posted by Because on Jan 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me design a parachuting class (not that kind)

My husband and I (both in our 30s) will graduate in May and then move to a completely new-to-us part of the country for a fresh start. During our last semester, we want to work together on defining and figuring out what our new career paths will be in the next phase of our lives. Please help us design a program to help us ask the right questions and do the right work to help us figure out what we want! More about our specific situation within. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Jan 13, 2013 - 1 answer

Trying to create a list of jobs in a hospital, with small descriptions

I am a technology teacher who is starting a careers project with my middle schoolers next month. [more inside]
posted by aetg on Jan 11, 2013 - 15 answers

Tell me what to do for a living. Thanks.

Please, tell me about magical jobs that focus on things like strategy, brainstorming, critical thinking, research, and trends/pop culture. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jan 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Should I join a professional society for research administration?

Should I join a professional society for research administration? I oversee a social science research center at a prestigious Midwestern university. We're funded through a NIH P01. I started at this institution as an editorial type about 5 years ago, and thanks to some fortunate coincidences and active campaigning on my part, I now supervise the day-to-day operations of a staff of about 15. Along with other duties, I am responsible for many of the administrative aspects of active and prospective grants (overseeing ledgers, creating budgets, preparing progress reports, etc.) My title is "associate director," but I think the generic term for what I do is "research administrator." [more inside]
posted by ndg on Dec 27, 2012 - 5 answers

I want to get on my own two feet. I need a plan of attack.

The Short: I'm a single young adult with a college degree and student loan debt. I live in a sterile small city with limited job prospects. I want to move out and get an entry-level or temporary job in a coastal U.S. city (NYC, LA, SF, Seattle). Please walk me through the logistics and help me devise a plan, as well as offer any advice you have on making it on your own in a new city (essentially, how to be an independent, self-sufficient adult). [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Dec 13, 2012 - 19 answers

Hello from the bottom of a pit.

I feel like I'm at the bottom of a deep pit, and it will take a long series of successful maneuvers to get out of the pit. Other people's lives don't seem to be pit-shaped. Help me make this pit go away. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2012 - 22 answers

Remedial Resume Resources.

Resume 101, now with Extra Snowflakes! Spotty work-history, useless degrees, and no idea whatsoever how to actually *write* one of the things. [more inside]
posted by Because on Nov 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Which of these paths will point me in the best direction?

Please help me pick the most relevant program for my career/education goals. [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Nov 25, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I be a great children's librarian?

I recently changed jobs from a teen librarian to a children's librarian. I have solid public service skills, but I feel like I'm behind the curve in terms of preparedness. Help me be the best children's librarian ever! [more inside]
posted by itsamermaid on Nov 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Why should extroverts have all the fun?

Are there any good non-desk, non-computer-based jobs out there for introverts? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Nov 16, 2012 - 16 answers

How to Stop Being Underemployed

I somewhat successfully moved out of this situation...But I'm too drained to make any major moves forward, even though the urgency is much greater. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Nov 12, 2012 - 36 answers

Living with post-recession stress disorder

I've landed in a dead-end job, but it's hard for me to overcome my anxiety about retraining or changing the direction of my career. How should I perform an objective, reasonable risk-reward analysis in the face of imperfect options and information? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Oct 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Career Advice for the Semi-Arts-Inclined?

Artsy/music-y/indecisive-y person seeking career advice. Help me help myself. [more inside]
posted by socky mcsockerson on Oct 28, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I make this job change?

I work in high finance but dream of doing something creative. I don't know how to do this. Do you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me figure out what in the world I should do with my life.

Should I change my major? Drop out of school to become a plumber or electrician? I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Oct 14, 2012 - 31 answers

Why can't I just stay in Neverland

University was the best experience of my life. Now it's over, and the post-college depression is hitting me hard. How do I navigate the murky depths of the early 20s-crisis? [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Oct 14, 2012 - 15 answers

Are job recruiters helpful?

Looking for a job and trying to figure the role and value of recruiters. Do i find one and talk with them about what sort of job I'm after? How do you find a good one?
posted by boombot on Sep 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Deciding whether to switch from temp to permanent employment?

For those who made the switch from temp to permanent work, what factors did you consider, what helped you decide? [more inside]
posted by glache on Sep 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Unexpected Phone Interview!

Posting for a friend, who writes: I am currently an academic with a humanities PhD, doing the whole adjunct thing. I have been pursuing non-academic careers for a while, and things might finally be starting to pay off in the form of a phone interview. Trouble is, I haven't had an interview for anything in ten years. [more inside]
posted by pised on Aug 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Stay home with kids or accept an entry-level job?

After being out of the job market for two years and becoming a stay-at-home mom, should I take an entry-level job, even if it's a big step down financially? [more inside]
posted by clarequilty on Aug 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Help Me Feel Better About My Choice of Major

Should I be studying what interests me (philosophy) or what is marketable/employable (computer science)? [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Aug 8, 2012 - 59 answers

Is the union screwing me in advance?

I'm applying for a union (CUPE) job that I am almost 100% sure I am going to be offered. I think I am worth more than the union mandated payscale. What extras can I request/negotiate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Physically active job ideas?

What are some jobs that I could do in Toronto that would keep me physically active (more than just walking a lot) without requiring going to college? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Aug 6, 2012 - 18 answers

How can my friend get in touch with a movie set designer?

I have a friend who's a mid-career interior designer but is interested in exploring set design for films. He doesn't have a contact, and it's been suggested he get in touch with (via email, presumably) a few set designers he likes, and see if they might advise him as to how they did it and how he might proceed. I looked and saw you can see who did the set design for a given film on IMDB, but as I know very little about the film industry I'm at something of a loss as to how he'd be able to reach those people. Does anyone have any practical advice for how he could find contact info for these people?
posted by supercoollady on Jul 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Job Hunting, It Defeats Me

I really need to find a better job, but I don't know where to start. How do I even figure out what job to look for? It's pretty clear that there is no promotion path for me whatsoever in my current job, and there are rumblings that my entire department is about to get transferred to someplace where I don't want to be. The only reasons I'm still here are inertia, fear of the terrible job market, and the fact that self-promotion makes me queasy. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on Jul 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Retraining a career from an MLIS

Picked up a MLIS on a whim and finding it to be hindering me more than helping. How can I retrain for a viable career in today's job market? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 - 12 answers

How can I stop comparing my life to others'?

It seems like every day I will see someone accomplish something amazing. My first thought is not to be impressed or happy for them, but to try and find out their age. Then, if they are younger than I, I'm overcome with jealousy and regret. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Jul 6, 2012 - 33 answers

Help me prepare for a job hunt with little work experience.

Lots of life experience/education, not so much work experience. Help me get ready to get a job. [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jul 5, 2012 - 3 answers

What can a vocational / career counsellor do for me, and are they worth it?

What can a vocational / career counsellor do for me, and are they worth whatever they cost? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jul 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Special education jobs in Ohio

What are the job prospects for a special education teacher in the US (specifically Columbus OH)? [more inside]
posted by cestlavie on Jun 25, 2012 - 6 answers

and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke

Can you recommend a more righteously vindictive career than video game programming? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Jun 12, 2012 - 38 answers

Selling out right from the start?

Jobs/paying activities that involve specialist use of the voice? (Singing, announcing, etc) [more inside]
posted by solarion on Jun 11, 2012 - 10 answers

What did you do with your molecular biology PhD?

I'm doing a PhD in molecular biology, and I want to get a broader feel for my options when I graduate. [more inside]
posted by jlibera on May 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Biochemistry major to aerospace engineer: is this possible?

Recent biochemistry graduate wants to change direction and pursue engineering, specifically aerospace (but I'd settle for mechanical) engineering. Is this possible? And if so, how the heck do I plan to get from here to there, hopefully without bankrupting myself? I'll take any advice I can get. [more inside]
posted by escapist53211 on May 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Is it destination envy or a real problem?

Do you have dysthymia? How do you deal with the constant dissatisfaction part of it, specifically as it relates to careers? [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert on May 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Moving forward after making a mistake?

It would seem that I've f'd up, big time. Now what? How do you move forward when you're fairly sure you've made a bad decision and can't turn back. (details inside) [more inside]
posted by farce majeure on May 7, 2012 - 31 answers

help me find my job-genres

I have excellent spatial intelligence and ADHD. What jobs would be great for me besides surveying? [more inside]
posted by lover on Apr 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Hunting for a new job hunt

What makes for career/life satisfaction? What jobs have it? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Apr 28, 2012 - 21 answers

What DO I want to be when I grow up?

If you left academia, especially in the humanities, how did you figure out what you wanted to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I stop being constantly unhappy?

Badly burnt out student - with wider questions on how to stop my ‘missing-out’ syndrome. [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Apr 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Got the man now switch to the job?

Switching careers... to the same one as my new boyfriend? How weird is this, and how to navigate? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Apr 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Should you ever turn down a promotion?

I think my boss is about to offer me a promotion. What should I say if I'm not sure I actually want it? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Apr 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Do you have any experience working multiple careers?

My first question filter: I have the opportunity to one day in the near future work two relatively well paying jobs. I want to know if anyone has any experience with the such, and can offer words of wisdom/caution, pros and cons. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Stan Grossman on Apr 12, 2012 - 4 answers

I feel like a schmuck!

I feel like a schmuck and I hate it. Very special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 - 25 answers

Changing careers: PR edition

How do I prepare for a career in public relations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2012 - 6 answers

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