Even though you might believe that you are too young to start thinking about what you want to be when you grow up, nothing could be further from the truth. Making an effort to ponder your interests, skills, and abilities is the first step on the road to discovering what you want to do with your life as an adult. Start analyzing what school subjects interest you the most, or where your strengths lie. You should also take into consideration your favorite hobbies, any issues you care about, and extracurricular activities in which you are involved. Learning is a lifelong process, and much of the time you spend in school is dedicated to helping you become a productive, happy, fulfilled adult. Part of this process is finding the career that fits your personality, interests, skills, abilities, likes, and dislikes. If you use your time wisely now and start thinking about all of these aspects of a future career, you will find the path to that career much easier to take.
- Musician – This website offers stories about kids of all ages who are currently working as musicians in various capacities. Each child musician describes how he or she got to his or her current level of musicianship.
- Actor or actress – KidsWork describes jobs available in the theater, including actor/actress, and provides games for children to play relating to such jobs.
- Museum Curator – This web site run by the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology presents an interview with a real museum curator, in which he describes his job duties and the reasons why he got into the field.
- Disc Jockey – The equipment, skills, and abilities necessary to become a Disc Jockey, are described in detail here in a manner to which kids can relate. Types of positions available for Disc Jockey and settings where Disc Jockeys work are also discussed.
- Animator – Walt Disney Animation Studios provides information for kids of all ages on the wide variety of jobs available in animation.
- Artist – This web site describes for kids what the job of an artist is like. It also presents specialized art positions, such as sculptors, fine artists, and multi-media artists.
- Fashion Designer – The Fun Works provides a list of interests, such as art, and tells children what careers those interests can lead to, and what classes to take to get there. Games are included to help kids discover what job is right for them.
- Chemist – The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) runs this website, which tells children the duties of a chemist and provides stories about real chemists.
- Biologist – The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences presents an interview with a Growth Biologist, who speaks to kids at understandable levels about her job.
- Nurse – Learn to Care presents information targeted to children about health care professions, including the duties of a Registered Nurse.
- Pilot – This site by the Federal Aviation Administration is designed to help kids of all ages decide if becoming a pilot is the right job for them.
- Veterinarian- The ?Animal Doc? site run by the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine answers all kinds of questions children have about animal doctors, animals and their behavior.
- Botanist – The National Park Service provides a video of an interview with an actual botanist on this site, in which he describes his job.
- Meteorologist – This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – run web site focuses on the duties of meteorologists and the requirements for the job. It also includes games about earth science and weather.
- Marine Mammal Scientist – Run by Duke University, this site describes for kids what a marine mammal scientist does, what kind of job opportunities exist, and how to break into the field.
- Crime Scene Investigator– Sponsored by Rice University, this interactive website shows kids what it’s like to be a Crime Scene Investigator in various settings. It presents cases for kids to solve and offers fun, adventurous games for them to play.
- Oceanographer – The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History presents this web site, which features an article profiling a Physical Oceanographer who works for NASA.
- Engineer – The National Academy of Engineering hosts this web site that tells children what courses are necessary to take in school to prepare for a job as an engineer. While it focuses on girls becoming engineers, the information is valid for both sexes.
- Mechanical Engineer – Presented by the American Society for Engineering Education, this site presents the story of what a real Mechanical Engineer does.
- Accountant – Run by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, this site gives children an idea of what an accountant does, how one trains for the position, and how much it pays.
- Architect– archKIDecture provides information especially for children on what architects do. It also describes various types of structures and hosts fun architecture games.
- Mathemetician – This web site sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics features a quiz for children to discover which mathematician from history shares their interests.
- Cryptographer – This site run by the Girl Scouts of America explains what a cryptographer does, who would be interested in such a job, and provides additional links to find out more about the profession.
- Computer Scientist – This web site presents a variety of careers in Computer Science and Computer Engineering and explains how they apply to different job settings. Salaries and actual people who hold these jobs are profiled.
- Computer Programmer– The duties of a Computer Programmer are described in language children can understand. The type of schooling one must complete to get this job is also discussed.
- Information Systems Technician – Presented by the National Governors Association, this interactive flash website gives kids information on innovative positions in information technology.
- Digital Graphic Artist – Sponsored by the National Gallery of Art, this site lets kids experiment with a ?3 D Twirler? tool to make their own digital graphic art just like the professionals do.
- Attorney -This site features an interview with an attorney for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He describes, in language children can easily understand, what he does and how much schooling was required.
- Police Officer– The U.S. Government Printing Office presents this information for kids in third to fifth grade, describing the duties of a police officer in a typical neighborhood. It also talks about police opportunities in the Federal Government.
- Urban Planner – Presented by KidsNewsRoom.org, this interview with a real city planner tells kids exactly what he does all day and describes how kids should prepare for this career.
- Family Studies Professional – Sponsored by Kappa Omicron Nu, this web site describes careers in human sciences, including that of Family Studies Professional. It talks about the duties of this position in language kids can understand.
- Special Agent – This FBI website on ?A Day in the Life of a Special Agent? tells kids what a typical workday is like for a special agent working in Washington, D.C.
- Homeland Security Agent – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this site describes the duties involved and requirements for becoming any type of Homeland Security Agent, including Border Agent and Homeland Defense.
- Reporter – Bear Essentials News For Kids promotes its own Young Reporters program, designed to get kids interested in reporting early in life. Information on what reporters do and how to become a reporter is presented.
- Animal Writer – This site run by the ASPCA features an interview with an Animal Writer, who explains why she chose to write about animals, how she got the job, and what she writes about in a normal day.
- Teacher- Sponsored by the PA CareerZone, this site focuses on what elementary school teachers do each day, what schooling is required, and the knowledge needed to be a good elementary school teacher.
- Librarian – Presented by Scholastic, this interactive site answers the question for young children, ?What Does A Librarian Do?
- Disaster Assistance Employee – This web site run by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) features an interview with a disaster assistance employee, who describes why she took the job and her duties working at the news desk of the organization.
Physical Education/Love of Outdoors
- Lumberjack – “A Day in the Life of a Lumberjack,” sponsored by the Michigan State Government, tells kids exactly what a lumberjack does at every hour of the day.
- Zoo Keeper – The San Diego Zoo runs this site that helps children decide if a career as a zoo keeper is right for them. It tells what kind of qualities make the best zoo keepers, what zoo keepers do, and where to get a zoo degree.
- Construction Managers ? This web site sponsored by PBS Kids presents information on the importance of construction managers in kid-friendly language. It includes education necessary for the job and statistics about construction managers.
- Fish Hatchery Manager – Run by the Centers for Ocean Sciences, this site tells children all about the duties of a Fish Hatchery Manager. It also includes how much schooling is necessary to obtain this position, employment trends, and average salaries.
- Farmer – This website of the Future Farmers of American organization helps kids explore all kinds of careers in agriculture, including that of farmer.
- Wildlife Biologist – Sponsored by the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources, a real Wildlife Biologist describes for children how she got her job and what she does during a typical day on the job.
- Physical Education Teacher – In this fun word search targeted at kids from grades three through six, kids find words relating to the profession of Physical Education Teacher.
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