16 Awesome Career Choices That Most College Kids Have Never Heard Of

For many students, a college degree puts you on the direct path to a certain career, such as a doctor, teacher, or journalist.

But for many others, the future isn’t as clear cut.

Maybe you want to go to med school, but don’t necessarily want to be a doctor. Maybe you love maps, but aren’t sure how to incorporate that passion into a career. Or perhaps you just haven’t found anything that sounds appealing yet.

Luckily, there are tons of great career options out there that many college kids have no idea even exist. In this helpful thread, Reddit users shared some of these under-the-radar occupations that most students probably haven’t heard of. A fun bonus: most of them are pretty lucrative as well.

Here are 16 of our favourites, including salary data from the US Bureau of Labour Statistics, for those who need some inspiration finding their dream job.

Did we forget any awesome, lesser-known jobs? Let us know in the comments.

Court stenographer

Median annual salary: $US48,160

'It's a three-year program (on average -- took me four to finish), but if you're proficient in grammar, have strong language skills, have solid finger dexterity from playing an instrument or video games, and are able to work independently, it's an incredible career.

'You work from home most of the time, lawyers very rarely schedule depositions before 10:00 am, you can make your own schedule, and the pay is great. Your pay reflects how hard you want to work and the jobs you're getting, but I made 65k my first year and nearly 80k my second.' -- Bad_Karma21

Industrial design

Median annual salary: $US59,610

Mining engineer

Workers walk near Barrick Gold Corp's Veladero gold mine, on the Argentine side of the border district between Chile's Huasco province and Argentina's San Juan province, a few kilometers from the site for the Pascua Lama gold project, some 834 km (518 miles) northeast of Santiago, Chile, February 28, 2007.
Median annual salary: $US84,320

'It can be cyclical (bit of a miner lull right now in my specific resource/location right now) but on a good year it is white hot. I signed on to a $US100k salary (plus bonus and benefits) straight out of my bachelors degree at 23 for a job that had me moving across the planet (Canada to Australia). The year I graduated we finished school in May and 80% of my graduating class had jobs lined up already and the remainder found jobs by the end of July.

Blacksmith

Blacksmith Dora Kolchina works in her shop in the Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, February 13, 2012. Dora, 29, is the only female blacksmith in the region.

Median annual salary for similar position*: $US56,560

'Very few people know this, but blacksmithing is something still practiced in today's society. Very few colleges have courses in it and I believe that mine is the only one that you can get a degree in it (Southern Illinois University of Carbondale). I am a student in this program. It is immensely fun. I have made knives, art, pedestals, hammers. I love talking about what I do but very few people understand it. And there is quite a job market for it too.' -- FarlandMetals

*Some median salaries were not available via the Bureau of Labour Statistics, so data for similar positions was used.

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