15 High-Growth Careers for Extroverts
#Majors2Careers | How do you recharge? Is it by being social? Do you feel energized and inspired when you’re with a group? If you tend to say yes, your general personality probably gravitates more toward extroversion, in company with anywhere between 50-70% of people worldwide.
First defined as a core psychological type by Carl Jung in 1921, extroverts feel energized with others and seek out group situations. Research suggests that extroverts may have a slightly different mix of brain chemistry than introverts, and a more direct neural pathway for processing stimuli. While most people fall somewhere in the middle of the extroversion-introversion spectrum, you probably have some inclination as to where you lie.
With extroverts in mind, we’ve created a short list of the 15 fastest growing occupations based on the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics that might match your natural energy style. In addition to having above-average projected growth (+15%) through 2022, the careers listed have been filtered to include only those with a median annual salary of $50K and above (we all know California is an expensive place to live). Some of these you’ll find in the 15 best jobs for introverts list as well since they also allow for time to recharge from interaction and reflect.
Keep in mind that any career, even one with a very bright future, must be suitable for you based on your unique values, interests, aptitudes, personality type, feelings about the job duties and evaluation of the overall work environment. The Career Planning Center can help you thoroughly determine your best majors and career options via a number of personality and interest assessments.
For the time being, please join us join us this Tuesday November 17 at the Majors2Careers Showcase to discover additional career options that may line-up with your personality and interests. Faculty and staff from across the divisions will also be available all day (9 a.m.–4 p.m.) for one-on-one advice, workshops and majors / career guidance. In addition, there will be lots of FREE giveaways, including iPads, iPods, self-assessments, a LinkedIn professional photo booth, and more. We look forward to seeing you there!
1. Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists
Employment Growth: 53%
Average Annual Salary: $80,330 in 2013
What they do: I-O Psychologists solve workplace problems by applying psychological principles to them. A masters degree is required. A good place to start is with an Associate Degree for Transfer in Psychology. Cypress has a strong program.
2. Genetic Counselor
Employment Growth: 41%
Average Annual Salary: $63,590 in 2013.
What they do: Genetic counselors analyze the risk an individual or couple has of conceiving a child who has a genetic disorder or birth defect. To work in this field, one needs at least a master’s degree in genetics or genetic counseling. Many genetic counselors have a PhD. Cypress can get you started with transfer studies in one of the STEM disciplines. The college has a very supportive (STEM)2 program.
3. Postsecondary Health Specialties Teacher
Employment Growth: 36%
Average Annual Salary: $85,030 in 2013.
What they do: Postsecondary health specialties teachers instruct high school graduates in a variety of health-related courses, including laboratory technology, therapy, dentistry and veterinary science. One typically needs a doctorate degree to work in this occupation but at some institutions a master’s degree will suffice. All of Cypress’ Health Science programs are very strong in these fields.
4. Physical Therapists
Employment Growth: 36%
Average Annual Salary: $81,030 in 2012.
What they do: Physical therapists (PTs) work with people who have disabling conditions or who have been in accidents. They provide treatment that restores their patients’ functions, improves their mobility, relieves pain, and prevents or limits permanent physical disabilities. Their training includes earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. An AA-T in Kinesiology can give you a good start. Cypress has a strong program.
5. Postsecondary Nursing Instructor
Employment Growth: 35%
Average Annual Salary: $65,940 in 2013
What they do: Postsecondary nursing instructors teach patient care to nursing students. They work in the classroom and in clinical settings. To do this, one needs at least a master’s degree in nursing. Cypress has one of the strongest nursing programs in the state.
6. Nurse Practitioner
Employment Growth: 34%
Average Annual Salary: $92,670 in 2013
What they do: Nurse practitioners provide primary healthcare to patients. One must earn a master’s degree after first getting a degree in nursing. Cypress has one of the strongest nursing programs in the state.
7. Marriage and Family Therapists
Employment Growth: 29%
Average Annual Salary: $50,000 in 2013
What they do: Marriage and family therapists work with clients who have psychiatric disorders including anxiety, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and substance abuse. They work with families, couples and individuals, taking into consideration the effect of relationships on these disorders and vice versa. One needs a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy in order to practice this profession. A good place to start at Cypress can be studies to transfer in Liberal Studies or one of the Social Sciences, including Associate Degrees for Transfer in Psychology or Sociology.
Employment Growth: 16%
Average Annual Salary: $196,270
What they do: Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance. A doctorate in dentistry with a specialization in orthodontics is required; expect 4 years of undergrad / 4 years of dental school + 2 to 3 years of orthodontic specialty school. A good place to start is with transfer studies in one of the STEM disciplines. The college has a very supportive (STEM)2 program.
9. Event Planner
Employment Growth: 33%
Average Annual Salary: $50,000 in 2015
What they do: Event planners coordinate conventions, business meetings, trade shows, private parties and other events. They arrange for venues, catering, decorations and entertainment. Business Administration or Communication Studies at Cypress, including Associate Degrees for Transfer in both disciplines, can get you off to a great start in this field.
10. Content Strategist
Employment Growth: 32%
Average Annual Salary: $80,000 in 2015
What they do: Content strategists are strong communicators. They are responsible for creating a unified message for their organization. A masters degree in communications, marketing, business, or public relations is generally preferred. Cypress can help get you into this field with studies to transfer in Business Administration, Communication Studies, or Communications/Journalism.
11. Personal Financial Advisor
Employment Growth: 27%
Average Annual Salary: $75,320 in 2013
What they do: Personal financial advisors assist people with investment decisions. They help their clients plan for short and long term financial goals. A good place to start is the Business Division at Cypress, including the AS-T in Business Administration.
Associate Degree or Certificate
12. Physical Therapists Assistant
Employment Growth: 46%
Average Annual Salary: $51,040 in 2013
What they do: Physical therapist assistants (PTAs), under the direction and supervision of physical therapists, treat patients by helping them perform exercises, administering electric stimulation and using message and stretching. While Cypress does not have a specific program in this field, an AA-T in Kinesiology can help you get started.
13. Ultrasound Technician
Employment Growth: 44%
Average Annual Salary: $65,210 in 2011
What they do: Ultrasound technicians help diagnose patients’ illnesses by using special equipment that emits sound waves. The great Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Cypress can launch you into this career.
14. Occupational Therapy Assistant
Employment Growth: 43%
Average Annual Salary: $52,040 in 2013
What they do: Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs), under occupational therapists’ supervision, help clients regain the ability to perform daily living and work activities. While Cypress does not have a specific program in this field, an AA-T in Kinesiology can help you get started.
15. Dental Hygienist
Employment Growth: 38%
Average Annual Salary: $69,280 in 2013
What they do: Dental hygienists provide preventative dental care and teach patients how to maintain good oral health. They typically work in dentists’ offices. Cypress has a strong Dental Hygiene program that can get you into the field.
On a side note, it’s important to mention that personality type is not necessarily a fixed characteristic. We all grow and change throughout life so that an inherent quality can be modified with effort (acquired quality). Also, most of us are natural situational ambiverts, depending on any one situation we can adapt our personality characteristics.
Keep in mind: There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum. — Carl G. Jung
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