My Top 3 Career Choices

By: Payton Summers

Correctional and Jailing Officers

Guard inmates in prisons or other rehabilitative facilities

Guard prisoners traveling between jail court and other places


Guard facility entrance and screen visitors

Search for and recapture escapees



Correctional officers work in prisons where they perform duties in a variety of settings. They work in direct contact with prisoners as well as with visitors and other prison employees. They work in eight hour shifts at 40 hours a week which includes weekends evening holiday and overnight hours.


Though vocational training with on-the-job training or an associate degree is the minimum formal education required for this occupation some may require a bachelors degree.


In Arkansas 90th percentile is $41,450

In Arkansas median is $30,680

In Arkansas 10th percentile is $22,270

Athletes and Sports Competitors

Compete in all kinds of sports

Maintain sporting equipment

Maintain good health and nutrition

Attend practice and training sessions


Athletes who compete in sports work in a variety of settings. Most work weekends evenings and holidays in addition to regular hours. Work hours vary especially depending on the sporting seasons. Many travel as well. Games and events are played inside at gyms and arenas and outside at ballparks stadiums tracks and other places.


Though a high school diploma or vocational training is the minimum formal education required for this occupation some may require a bachelor's or master's degree.


In Arkansas 90th percentile is $103,030

In Arkansas Median is $29,490

In Arkansas 10th percentile is $17,550

Firefighter

Dress with fire resistance clothes

Search burning buildings for fire victims

Use first aid and CPR to injured people

Determine what caused the fire

Put out or control fires to protect life and property


Fire fighters spend most of their time at fire stations waiting for emergency calls. Most stations have eating areas entertainment areas dormitories and office spaces that are comfortable. Most work irregular shifts of a maximum of 14 hours working three to four days at a time and taking three to four days off. Hours include evening, overnight weekends and holidays. Fire fighters put their life and safety on the line to save others their work can be strenuous and emotionally exhausting.


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.


In Arkansas 90th percentile is $55,310

In Arkansas Median $31,690

In Arkansas 10th percentile is $18,690