11 jobs for people who like a fast-paced work environment
Want to find a job that will invigorate your senses? These careers will keep you on your toes all day long.
How hard do you cringe at the idea of a quiet, mellow work environment? Hard enough that you’re in pain? We hear you. Sure, certain jobs are for sedentary somebodies, but not for you. Fast-paced jobs put you where the action is.
Well, lace up your trainers and get your resume ready. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Monster found 11 jobs that will keep you on your toes.
What you’d do: Think about how many products—new and existing—you interact with on a daily basis. The people responsible for getting those products into your life before the competition does? Advertising managers. From creating the actual ads to project managing product release schedules for clients and PR campaigns for the media, ad managers may do a bit of everything as it relates to generating interest and driving sales under high pressure and tight deadlines
What you’d need: A bachelor’s in advertising or a related degree, such as marketing or communications, is standard. View a sample resume for an advertising account executive.
Popular areas hiring: New York City; Chicago; Los Angeles; Boston; San Francisco
What it pays: $135,900 per year
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Air traffic controller
What you’d do: Nothing like staying on top of the takeoffs, flight patters, and landings of enormous airplanes to keep you on your toes. Safety is priority number one for air traffic controllers, who are also responsible for overseeing ground traffic at airports and updating pilots on any critical information (weather patterns, runway closures).
What you’d need: Along with a bachelor’s degree, you’ll need to pass both a medical and background check, as well as receive mandated training from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) academy.
Popular areas hiring: Washington DC; Atlanta; Dallas; Chicago; Miami
What it pays: $122,990 per year
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What you’d do: Multitasking is a must for these hard-working, constantly moving mixologists. From taking orders to mixing drinks to working the cash register, baristas and bartenders stay on their toes for the duration of their shifts.
What you’d need: With clientele conversation a focal point of the job, people skills are a must. Plus, an ability to memorize menus and share details about the drinks. No formal education is required to become a barista or bartender, though for bartending, you’ll likely have an advantage if you attend a bartending, technical, or vocational school. View a sample bartender resume.
Popular areas hiring: New York City; Los Angeles; Chicago; Boston; Philadelphia
What it pays: barista: $23,000 per year; bartender: $23,680 per year
What you’d do: Technology evolves at breakneck speed thanks in part to the humans behind the scenes. Programmers (software engineers, web developers, app developers, and more) write lines of computer code in various programming languages that in turn let computers convert this information into websites, apps, software, and other applications.
What you’d need: Many computer programmers have bachelor’s or master’s degrees in relevant degrees such as a web development, programming, and software engineering. View a sample resume for a computer programmer.
Popular areas hiring: New York City; Dallas; Chicago; Washington DC; Los Angeles
What it pays: $86,550 per year
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What you’d do: Customer support environments differ from company to company, but generally these workers answer customer questions and troubleshoot via email or phone. The pace is rapid-fire: Calls come in quickly, and the sooner a customer’s issue is resolved, the happier they will be.
What you’d need: A high school diploma is likely required, though most training happens on the job. Customer support agents must also have a thorough knowledge of products, services, and technology relevant to the company.
Popular areas hiring: New York City; Dallas; Chicago; Phoenix; Miami
What it pays: $34,710 per year
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What you’d do: Often in the thick of high-pressure accident scenes, EMTs (emergency medical technicians) are first responders who provide emergency care to the sick and injured, oftentimes en route to hospitals.
What you’d need: Along with an associate’s degree, EMTs and paramedics are required to get a state license, per the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. View an example of an EMT resume.
Popular areas hiring: New York City; Chicago; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Atlanta
What it pays: $35,400 per year
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What you’d do: A kitchen is one of the more hectic work environments for fast-paced jobs, but before any meals can begin cooking, the ingredients and cooking tools need to be prepped for the chefs. Enter the line cooks. In addition to prep work, line cooks must adhere to strict cleanliness and work station standards.
What you’d need: No formal education is required, as line cooks rely on past experience as well as on-the-job training for necessary skills. However, culinary programs can help you land a job more quickly. View a sample resume for a line cook.
Popular areas hiring: New York City; Los Angeles; Boston; Chicago; Dallas
What it pays: $26,360 per year
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What you’d do: All those online orders don't appear at your doorstep by magic. Picker-packers work in huge warehouses and process loads of orders every day. They scour the shelves for items and box them up to be shipped to your home.
What you’d need: No formal education is required, but you have to be detail-oriented, be able to stand for long periods of time, and be swift on your feet.
Popular areas hiring: Austin, TX; Philadelphia; Columbus, OH; Hackensack, NJ; Livermore, CA
What it pays: $24,580 per year
What you’d do: No matter the medium (TV, print, radio, online); industry (sports, current events); or position (field reporter, news anchor, camerperson.); reporters must be ready to respond to sudden events and report the latest local or worldwide news to their audiences.
What you’d need: Most reporters have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or another relevant degree. You’ll also need a familiarity with emerging technologies such as recording and editing tools, and even social media skills are helpful in this field.
Popular areas hiring: New York City; Washington DC; Los Angeles; Atlanta; Chicago
What it pays: $46,270 per year
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What you’d do: Sales is not for the timid. Not only do sales managers oversee the employees who sell their company’s products, they also analyze statistics, establish quotas, and have to build and maintain valuable relationships with customers. Most sales managers work in a combination of email, phone, and in-person meetings, and when they’re not actively selling (always be closing!), they’re figuring out ways to build their roster of new clients.
What you’d need: Many jobs require a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management, consumer merchandising management, marketing, or a related field, as well as experience as a sales representative. View a sample resume for a sales manager.
Popular areas hiring: New York City; Los Angeles; Chicago; Boston; San Francisco
What it pays: $126,640 per year
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What you’d do: Teaching is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs that exist. Of course, it also requires you to be “on” from the moment you walk into the classroom, helping students learn new concepts and curricula, sometimes providing one-on-one direction. With tight schedules and many minds to mold, teaching can be one of the fastest-paced jobs out there.
What you’d need: To become a teacher you’ll need a bachelor’s degree, and sometimes an additional concentration like math or language arts. In addition, to teach in public schools, teachers must obtain licensure. View a sample resume for a teacher.
Popular areas hiring: New York City; Los Angeles; Chicago; Houston; Dallas
What you’d earn: $59,420 (elementary median) per year; $61,660 (high school median) per year
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