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January 2017

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6 January, 2017 l Working World l FEATURE ARTICLE R eady to find a career you actually enjoy? Most of these jobs require less than two years of training. Reinvention is no easy task. But when it comes to your career, starting over is sometimes the best—or only!—option. Whether you just got dropped from a job, are looking for more meaningful work or just feel the need to break out in different direction, a good place to start is by checking out careers with a strong future. We've rounded up 15 jobs in high- growth areas that don't require a PhD—in fact, most of these careers require less than two years of training. Reinvention isn't the smoothest road, but if 2017 is your year to start fresh, it's time to get pumped. Start brainstorming with these quick- change career ideas: 1. SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Getting yelled at for updating your Pinterest board? Not at this job. As a social media manager, you understand how to use social platforms to build brands, expand markets and keep your clients connected to the latest trends. This field is new, so in-the-trenches expertise can make you an authority. Average Salary: $23,000 – $86,000 Job Outlook: +14 percent 2. CONVENTION PLANNER If logistics is your game, planning conventions—from scouting out spaces to wrangling transportation—could be a good fit. Most convention planners have a bachelor's degree, but most of your job-specific training will take place on the clock. This field is a great choice if you have a background in business or food but need a change of pace. Average Salary: $27,000 – $77,000 Job Outlook: +44 percent 3. ENERGY CONSULTANT Energy consultants, also known as energy auditors, help protect the environment, increase efficiency and combat waste by inspecting buildings and homes for air leakages. This career is part of the rise in green jobs, so while the specific job outlook is currently unknown, it's a strong bet that this career path will be in high demand for years to come. And while an associate's degree can help, most energy consultants only need to complete a short certificate program to get going. Average Salary: $34,000 – $107,000 Job Outlook: N/A 4. INTERPRETER In our increasingly globalized world, cross-linguistic communication is more important than ever. The most important requirement to be an interpreter is total language fluency. Having a bachelor's degree in your language of choice is a good idea, but many companies will provide on-the-job training if your language skills are up to scratch. Average Salary: $23,000 – $86,000 Job Outlook: +42 percent 5. YOGA TEACHER If you're looking for a more harmonious job, this career path could provide the right balance. As a yoga teacher, you guide your clients toward proper technique, helping students achieve physical strength and mental calmness. If you already practice yoga, it takes 200 hours of additional training to become a certified teacher. Average Salary: $17,000 – $63,000 Job Outlook: +24 percent Reinvent Yourself: Top 15 Jobs for Starting Over

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