7 Jobs for People Who Love to Give Orders
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In the working world of give and take, some people naturally prefer to give—orders, that is.
If this sounds like you, whether it’s in a classroom, at a convention or on a construction site, you’ll need to bring your flair for organization as well as your communication skills to succeed as an order-giver. Because sometimes a little tough love and raised voices may come into play.
Using data from Monster’s Salary Guide, we tracked down seven jobs that will have you doling out the directions. So, if you tend to gravitate toward taking command and keeping everyone on track, one of these roles could be for you.
What you’d do: Direct multiple moving parts and teams of people to keep construction projects on schedule and under budget. Construction managers deal with big-picture issues from architects and engineers and also oversee the nitty-gritty details as specialists and general construction workers put plans into action. They determine what needs to be done versus what needs to be done right now.
What you'd need: A high-school degree and several years of construction experience is usually a minimum, but some employers may expect a bachelor’s degree. Check out more info on how to become a construction manager.
What you’d make: The median annual salary for a construction manager is $72,805
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What you’d do: Get a company’s workforce up to speed on a wide range of subjects. Whether it’s a new computer system or a new human resources process, corporate trainers are the ones who take the lead on making sure outdated habits are broken in favor of embracing the new.
What you'd need: A bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience is usually the minimum; some employers may expect an advanced degree.
What you’d make: The median annual salary for a corporate trainer is $54,193
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What you’d do: Turn rowdy pooches into well-behaved pups. Professional dog trainers work with service dogs for the visually impaired, law enforcement canine teams, and Best in Show competitors. Dog trainers mix love, an unbending will, repetition, and liberal use of treats to mold behavior so that Fido is ready for whatever task is at hand: being his human’s eyes, lending his nose to a drug-searching squad, or just playing fetch.
What you'd need: Formal education beyond high school is not a must, with many jobs earned through apprenticeships. Some background in psychology is helpful, and a love of dogs is an absolute requirement.
What you’d make: The median salary for a pet trainer is $14.77 an hour.
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What you’d do: Weddings, conferences, and fundraisers would be overwhelming fiascos without a laser-focused event planner at the helm. They make sure every event, no matter how big or small, goes off without a visible hitch. The majority of this work is done in the pre-event stages, with the planner organizing details and delegating tasks; when the big day arrives, the planner turns into the field commander, ensuring that everything gets into just the right spot and everyone gets their job done.
What you'd need: A bachelor’s degree and some hospitality industry experience are usually the minimum. Check out this article for the details on how to become a wedding planner.
What you’d make: The median salary for an event planner is $20.72 an hour.
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What you’d do: By shouting motivational messages (“You can do it!”) and drill-sergeant-esque demands (“Give me 10 more!”), fitness instructors push exercisers to work harder and stretch farther than they would on their own. Fitness instructors might not win many popularity contests during a workout, but they often gain vocal fans after clients see the benefits of their hard work.
What you'd need: Formal training varies by specialty, but knowing how the body works—and how to avoid the risk of injury—is a common expectation. Employers often require certification.
What you’d make: The median salary for a fitness instructor is $20.38 an hour.
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What you’d do: Push whatever buttons are necessary to make athletes perform their best on the field. Coaches can offer quiet, positive reinforcement or invigorated rally cries in front of the whole team in order to win the effort—if not the love—of their players. While coaches always want to win, the best coaches know that another victory is maximizing each individual’s performance.
What you'd need: A bachelor’s degree is often a minimum, and encyclopedic knowledge of their sport definitely is.
What you’d make: The median salary for a coach is $18.42 an hour.
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What you’d do: The show must go on—but that’s not going to happen without a stage manager putting all the pieces in place. Among their many duties, they work closely with the director during rehearsals, oversee schedules, costume fittings and the preshow creation of props. Once the show comes to the stage, it’s the stage manager’s job to oversee every aspect of each performance.
What you'd need: A bachelor’s degree and several years of working experience in the performing arts are generally required.
What you’d make: The median salary for a stage manager is $19.38 an hour.
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