My Top 3 Career Choices

Mechanical Drafter

  • Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.
  • Mechanical drafters work in comfortable offices with adjustable drawing boards or drafting tables. They do a lot of work on the computer, which is detailed and may lead to eyestrain or back discomfort.
  • Though a high school diploma or equivalent, vocational training and on-the-job training, or an associate degree is the minimum formal education required for this occupation, some may require a bachelor's degree.
  • Earns between $32,690 and $78,960 per year nationally.

Software Developers, Applications

  • Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.
  • Computer engineers work in well-lit computer labs where they do much of their work using computers; however, they also talk with users to determine their needs.
  • A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required for this occupation.
  • Earns between $55,190 and $138,880 per year nationally.

Graphic Designers

  • Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
  • Graphic designers who work for publishing or advertising firms usually work a regular 40-hour week in well-lit and comfortable settings. Those who work freelance typically work from job to job. Hours will vary according to the clients’ schedules and deadlines.
  • A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required for this occupation.
  • Earns between $26,250 and $77,490 per year nationally.