Clock-in, Clock-out-Finding Fullfillment in Between

    Do you ever find yourself bargaining between career choices, wondering if you want to follow the lucrative path or the enjoyable one? It is too much to ask to have a lifelong career commitment be enjoyable, right? Well if you have adopted that school of thought, let me convince you otherwise. Profitable jobs with fullfillment attached are not "needle in a haystack" opportunities. In fact, there are career paths with a mixture of rewarding creativity and entrepreneurial advancement that you might not have even considered. To me, happiness within your area of discipline is dependent on personal achievement and the development of others. So, here is a list of fields to consider if you are an inovative self-starter with a knack for bettering others' lives:
Cosmetology 
I can not think of a single person (especially female) who does not like leaving the house without feeling confident about how she is being perceived. Maybe this is superficial from an outward standpoint, but from an emotional standpoint, no other trade can establish a sense of self-assurance like the profession of cosmetology. Often considered to be just a hair cutting job, the world of cosmetology encompasses much more, aiding in the beautification of hair, nails, and skin. There are specialties ranging from esthetician (facials,etc.) and electrolysis (hair removal) to makeup and even salon management. Depending on the area you choose, the time of education varies, but the common time frame is anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Unlike college credit hours, these type of trades count training and apprenticeship hours. 

Interior Design 
If you are an artist at heart and are interested in dealing with tangible art in its dimensional form, interior design might be a good match for you. Being in charge of home decor requires a nice mix of pragmatic sense and aesthetic creativity. As with any art form, though, building a portfolio and a clientele holds as much or more value as education. The field of interior design offers anything from certifications to Bachelor's degrees, but the old refrain is the same-gain experience! Instead of diving into the task of building your own business initially, consider visual merchandising things such as department, furniture, or design stores to obtain some hands-on, corporate experience. 
 
Culinary Arts
Imagine earning a salary by partaking in the most rewarding and delicious of hobbies! Not to mention, a profession in culinary arts will have your friends and family begging you choose them as practice clients. You will never want for experience. Practically speaking, though, to obtain the proper clout for such a competitve career, you must be prepared to learn about the whole realm of the culinary arts. Being a chef requires knowledge in restaurant management, sanitary practices, attention to detail, honing of techniques, acquisition of style, time management, and much more. There is a vast array of culinary art institutes which will guide you to an appropriate venue, whether it be baking or butchery, sous chef or executive. Depending on the desired level of education and status once you enter the restaurant scene, either an Associate's or a Bachelor's degree will be required.

Personal Trainer or Fitness Instructor
Are you the athletic type or the renowned jock of your high school? Ever think of turning that clique status into a career? Before you jump on board, let's take an inventory of the differences between sterotypical trainer and real life trainer. As adrenalized as workouts often make us, it is imperative to maintain a sense of humility. No one especially a timid, fitness novice, wants to feel intimidated by his or her own trainer. So, first assess your attitude toward the field. If it is for recognition, go elsewhere becuase fitness is a very sensitive area for many people. If you see yourself as someone who can embolden another and use your experience to guide, not impress, then training is right for you. Seeing others reach their goal is one of the most rewarding of journeys, and you can do that in one of two ways. First, you can become a certified personal trainer. There are a handful of very popular organizations that offer certifications which are easily earned online and allow flexibility to your schedule. You will then, most likely, work for a gym and split fees while building your clientele from the traffic of members. Another type of certification you can obtain (less intensive) is for group fitness instruction. Whether you want to teach staionary bike class or Zumba, this versatile certificate can deliever. Yoga is another avenue in and of itself. This style of group fitness requires its own special training and person ability, but certifications, apprenticeships, and conferences are available. To many avid followers of yoga, a certain degree of lifestyle and health practices esteem the "Yogi" or practitioner higher than just an average instructor. When you enter the fitness world, be prepared to enter a way of life!

Massage Therapist 
Having experience as a massage therapist might rival the shareable talents of culinary artists. You will have family and friends begging to be candidates as you earn your certificaton hours! The wonderful thing about this profession is the variety of settings in which you could practice. Chiropractic offices, fitness centers, health spas, hotels, and cruise ships are just a few of the avenues. Most therapist programs are comprised of study and around 500 hours of hands-on (literally) experience. Post-program routes depend on state regulations, and might require (but not limited to) a Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx). As a massage therapist, you will help relieve anything from muscle soreness to emotional stress. The techniques of the discipline vary, but the mindset is just as valuable as the procedure. Having empathy and patience is just as important when dealing with a client. 

Nutritionist or Dietician 
If you are at least remotely interested in health and wellness, you can not get very far without concern for a healthy diet. The things we do to better ourselves outwardly make us feel physiologically well for a time, but the inner workings of our body are key. We can exercise all day, but we can not out train a poor diet. We can take medicines for ailments and get massages for our aches, but wellness all boils down to what we put in our bodies. If you are interested in how food affects our health, look no further than these two careers. Keep in mind that a Nutritionist and a Dietician are starkly different professions in a related field. A Dietician can be considered a Nutritionist, but not all Nutristionists are Dieticians. Let me explain. Dieticians are to have at least a Bachelor's degree and then meet the academic and experiential requirements neccessary for the Commision on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Then, and only then, do you earn the title of "Registered Dietician" (RD). This title is nationally recognized and trumps all other random state requirements regarding certifications. Most RDs find themselves in the health profession working closely with doctors to layout diets for patients. Nutritionists, on the other hand, are not "protected" within the confines fo these more notable titles. Nutristionists offer food supervision and guidance while Dieticians can diagnose eating disorders and create nutrition plans specific to the individual. Granted, Nutritionists can be legally protected by earning their Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) certification.