From College News - Check out these unconvential jobs that might be right up your alley.
Are you confused about your career path? Or do you find yourself dreading the 9-5 workday? Check out these unusual jobs that you can score with a college degree.
1. Conlinguist. What do films like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Star Trek have in common? Aside from being science fiction cult classics, these series have cemented their legendary status with their own languages. A Conlinguist’s job is to create these languages. Unlike real-life languages, which are derived from ancient languages and have evolved over time, the Conlinguist is required to construct a language from scratch-- which is a pretty difficult task. So if you like to creep out your friends with your impressive knowledge of Klingon, the conlinguistics career might be right up your alley. Conlinguists should have some knowledge in the structure of languages. A degree in linguistics, English, or a foreign language is key. Check out this Facebook group on Conlinguistics.
2. Professional Hacker. Legally hacking into other people’s computers? It might sound too good to be true, but professional hackers are a valuable asset to the government or the private companies that hire them. It doesn’t hurt that this position has the potential to make a lot of money-- up to seven figures a year. Get started in professional hacking by studying Computer Science or Information technology. Information on professional hacking is difficult to find due to the anonymity of the job, but here’s a very witty and interesting interview regarding the job description. It turns out “hacker” is an insulting title!
3. Image Consultant. Image Consulting is a booming industry, even in the unfortunate economy. Their job is to enhance a client’s image in a variety of ways. They may use color analysis to determine which colors look best on a client, or sign the client up for speech training to eliminate a dialect accent. Although image consulting might seem like something that doesn’t exist outside the 90210 zip code, work places turn to image consultants to improve their business look. An eye for fashion and good advice-giving skills are musts, but plenty of people can claim these skills. The key to becoming a successful and standout image consultant is to have as many credentials as possible. An increasing number of organizations are offering Image Consulting certification. In addition to being certified, a college degree in a related field will appeal to potential clients. Fashion merchandising, art or even hospitality will set you apart from the pack.
4. Pet Acupuncturist. Pet owners are willing to do a lot for their beloved fluff balls. Veterinary acupuncture provides the same benefits for animals as it does for humans. Tiny needles inserted in certain parts of the body release beta endorphins, which help relieve pain and inflammation. It is most commonly performed on cats, dogs and horses, but can also provide pain relief for birds, ferrets and rabbits. The title “pet acupuncture” might sound very New Age, pet acupuncture isn’t new at all. According to the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, the first acupuncture on animals was performed in China as early as 136 A.D. If you’re interested in a career as a pet acupuncturist, obtain a degree in veterinary medicine and then get certified by the AAVA.
5. Cryptozoologist. Cryptozoology is the search for animals that are legendary or considered nonexistent by mainstream biology. This includes proven species that have died out a long time ago, like dinosaurs, and also creatures whose existence is arguable, like Big Foot or the Loch Ness monster. Cryptozoologists dedicate their time to searching for proof of such animals. Yeti droppings, anyone? Cryptozoology is a branch of zoology, so start out working toward a degree in zoology. Currently, it’s not possible to get a degree in cryptozoology, but there are courses taught by experts in this unofficial field. Scott Marlowe is an adjunct professor of cryptozoology at Florida Keys Community College. He was a member of the now defunct International Society of Cryptozoologists, and currently runs www.cryptozoology.com, a site with tons of resources on the discipline.