Careers By Field or Industry

Educational and licensing requirements differ for the careers within a particular field or industry, as do job duties and salaries. When you know what field you want to work in, but aren't sure which career within it to choose, use these comparisons to help you decide.

Administrative Jobs

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Human Resources Assistant, Library Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Secretary, Medical Transcriptionist, Paralegal More

Careers Working With Animals

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Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Assistant, Animal Trainer and Groomer More

Art Careers

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Animator, Desktop Publisher, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Photographer More

Communications and Media Careers

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Broadcast Technician, News Anchor, Photographer, Public Relations Specialist, Reporter, Translator or Interpreter, Writer, Editor More

Computer Science Careers

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Computer and Information Systems Manager, Computer Systems Analyst, Computer Software Engineer, Computer Hardware Engineer, Computer Programmer, Computer Support Specialist, Network Systems Analyst, Web Developer, Web Master More

Construction Careers

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Boilermaker, Carpenter, Electrician, HVAC Technician and Construction Project Manager More

Cosmetology Careers

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Hair stylist, barber, makeup artist, esthetician, manicurist and pedicurist

Criminal Justice Careers

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Attorney, Forensic Psychologist, Forensic Scientist, Special Agent More

Careers in Dentistry

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Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Dental Technician More

Education Careers

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Coach, Fitness Trainer, Health Educator, Librarian, Principal, Self-Enrichment Teacher, Elementary and Secondary Education Teacher More

Careers in Engineering

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Engineer and Engineering Technician More

Entertainment Careers

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Animal Trainer, Animator, Athlete, Audio Engineer, Broadcast Technician, Coach, Costume Designer, Makeup Artist, News Anchor, Performing Artist, Producer, Writer More

Financial and Other Business Careers

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Actuary, Assessor, Compliance Officer, Financial Advisor, Financial Examiner, Loan Officer, Real Estate Appraiser, Tax Examiner More

Green Jobs

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Agricultural Engineer, Conservationist, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Technician, Geoscientist, Hydrologist, Landscape Architect, Urban or Regional Planner More

Health Care Support Careers

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Dental Assistant, Health Services Manager, Home Health Aide, Medical Assistant, Medical Secretary, Medical Transcriptionist, Occupational Therapist Assistant and Aide, Physical Therapist Assistant and Aide, Veterinary Assistant More

Health Professions

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Audiologist, Dentist, Dietitian and Nutritionist, Doctor, Occupational Therapist, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse, Respiratory Therapist, Speech Pathologist, Veterinarian More

Health Technologist and Technician Careers

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Athletic Trainer, Dental Hygienist, EMT and Paramedic, Lab Technologist, Lab Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Pharmacy Technician, Radiologic Technologist and Technician, Surgical Technologist, Ultrasound Technician, Veterinary Technician and Technologist More

International Relations Careers

A world traveler might enjoy a career in international relations.
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Archivist, Diplomat, Foreign Service Officer, Journalist, Language Specialist, Market Research Analyst More

Legal Careers

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Lawyer, Court Reporter, Judge, Mediator, Paralegal More

Library Science Careers

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Archivist, Librarian, Library Technician, Library Assistant More

Management Careers

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Computer and Information Systems Manager, Health Services Manager, Human Resources Specialist, Management Consultant, Marketing Manager, Project Manager, Principal More

Marketing Careers

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Advertising Sales Rep, Market Research Analyst, Marketing Manager, Public Relations Specialist, Retail Salesperson, Sales Representative, Survey Researcher More

Mental Health Careers

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Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker, Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Nurse More

Careers in Occupational Therapy

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Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapist Aide More

Careers in Physical Therapy

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Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant and Physical Therapist Aide More

Sales Careers

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Advertising Sales Rep, Cashier, Insurance Agent, Retail Salesperson, Sales Representative, Stock Trader, Travel Agent More

Science Careers

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Biochemist, Biophysicist, Chemist, Conservationist, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Technician, Forensic Scientist, Geoscientist, Hydrologist, Medical Scientist More

Careers in Social Change

Social work, non-profits and volunteering More

Social Science Careers

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Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Geographer, Psychologist, Survey Researcher, Urban and Regional Planner More

Sports Industry Careers

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Athlete, Coach, Athletic Trainer, Announcer and Writer More

TV News Careers

Anchor, Reporter, Meteorologist, Producer, News Director, Web Master, Writer and Editor, Camera Operator, Broadcast Technician and Audio Engineer More

Video Game Careers

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Video Game Designer, Video Game Programmer, Animator, Audio Engineer, Writer, Translator, Video Game Tester, Technical Support Professional, Video Game Producer, Marketing Manager, Market Research Analyst and Sales Representative More

Web Careers

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Advertising Sales Rep, Graphic Designer, Marketing Manager, Web Developer, Web Master, Writer and Editor More