Careers That Are Pretty Cool

Ranked in order of likelihood of going into that field
  1. 1.
    NPR/NYT Visual Journalist
    I'm still rather unclear on what exactly an interactive/visual journalist is, but the general concept is pretty cool: using design and code to make storytelling more understandable and visually appealing. Even though I'm not a good writer, I've always loved storytelling - so applying the analytical mindset I'm more comfortable with towards modern storytelling mediums seems like a natural option for me. Plus, at NPR, I've heard that you get to go to Tiny Desk concerts for free, which is awesome.
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    Startup Engineer
    If you look on funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, you can see that there are so many incredibly innovative products being developed by startups with applications in so many fields: healthcare, education, technology, etc. With startups, I feel like that with a smaller, focused group and mission, you have more of a tangible purpose to your work, and that's something you can't really find in mega-corporations.
  3. 3.
    Facebook/Tumblr/Google
    AKA the well-known, established tech groups. It's the standard route for computer scientists, which makes it a little bit boring, but hey, you can't beat the perks. (Although I would feel guilty: free food at the workplace is an insane first-world, well-off job privilege.)
  4. 4.
    NASA/SPACEX
    SPAAAAAAAAACE
  5. 5.
    Photographer
    When it comes to life, I'm much more of an observer than a participator, and that's probably why I feel pretty comfortable behind the lens. Plus, I can create things that I genuinely think are pretty cool, which is rare for me in anything. Getting wedding or photojournalism gigs would be awesome, but I'd also love to be able to just spend a month exploring Iceland. No idea how I'd go about doing this as a career, though.
  6. 6.
    Google ATAP
    Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) Group is their version of DARPA, most famous for their ridiculous, out-of-the-box innovations: self-driving cars, smart fabric, modular phones, and virtual reality applications are the kinds of things that have come out of this lab. This kind of technology has the potential to revolutionize the way in which we interface with the world around us, and it would be so cool to even be slightly involved with something like that.
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    Writer/Screenwriter
    Reading was the very first hobby I had that I can remember; and so naturally, it followed that being a writer was one of the first things that I wanted to be. Unfortunately, I could never seem to bring myself to bring pencil to paper - I'm guessing that's a result of my instinctual lack of storytelling capabilities and my paralyzing self-consciousness when writing. I try to write from time to time, but I'm still both insanely impressed and jealous whenever I read from an actually good writer.
  8. 8.
    Composer/Musician
    Man, some of the music for films and TV that are coming out recently are just SO GOOD. And also, just music in general - sometimes, I stumble across a song with a line or riff in it that I'm just like AAAAAAH. THIS. Honestly though, I wouldn't want to be a touring musician - if I could just get super good at least one instrument, I'd be set.