There are loads of great articles out there that can help you discover the type of life you want to lead.
Heck, if that’s what you’re looking for, read this brilliant guide of ours.
But beyond the general advice about looking within and asking what really drives you and fills you with passion, you probably want some actual suggestions.
You’re in luck.
Here are 170 things you can do with your life.
Sure, they are almost entirely career/job driven suggestions, but that’s what you’re hopefully looking for.
After all, your career is a huge part of your life and getting it right is fundamental to living the most fulfilling life possible.
And this is far from an exhaustive list, but it should help you to get an idea of the areas of work you might wish to look at in more detail.
20 Jobs For People Who Love Nature
If you’re most happy when outside in the natural world, you’ll get a lot of joy and satisfaction from one of these roles:
1. Park ranger – help to look after state and national parks and the people who visit them.
2. Fisherman – whether out on the high seas or around our coastlines, help put seafood on people’s dinner plates.
3. Beekeeper – bees don’t only provide delicious honey, they can be used to help pollinate crops too. And you could make a living looking after them.
4. Farmer / farm worker – whether it’s livestock or crops, there are lots of roles on a farm.
5. Gardener – keep people’s gardens looking their best by employing your knowledge and skill.
6. Landscape architect – design and oversee the creation of new gardens and green spaces.
7. Conservationist – there are lots of careers based around the conservation of our wild spaces and the creature that inhabit them.
8. Ecologist – work to survey and study the wild populations of plants and animals for a variety of purposes.
9. Forest manager – healthy forests often require human oversight so that they are working best for their inhabitants and everyone else.
10. Geologist – working with rocks, minerals, and fossils, you’ll help us better understand the processes underlying the Earth itself.
11. Botanist – working both in the field and in the lab, you can help study the plants that live around us.
12. Archaeologist – find, excavate, and study artifacts that tell us about our history.
13. Ornithologist – get to know birds like no one else as you study their behavior and habits.
14. Hydrologist – water will be your medium of expertise as you ensure this vital resource is managed effectively.
15. Beach lifeguard – be amongst the sand and the surf as you provide vital safety and security for bathers in our seas.
16. Garden center worker – be around plants and people as you help to look after and sell garden supplies to the public.
17. Oceanographer – study the oceans in great detail and depth and help us to understand this vital ecosystem and resource.
18. Groundskeeper – working for larger estates, you’ll manage the upkeep of a variety of plants and habitats.
19. Vineyard manager – producing some of the finest wines, you’ll have to ensure the growing and harvesting goes smoothly.
20. Farming consultant – helping farmers do things more efficiently and make more money will involve lots of visits to the countryside.
10 Jobs For Animal Lovers
Do you prefer the company of animals to that of people? Then perhaps you should do something like this with your life.
1. Dog walker – our pet pooches need regular exercise and you can help them get it.
2. Vet – provide essential health care to animals in a domestic and farm setting.
3. Zoologist – study wild animals in captive settings to help us understand them better.
4. Zookeeper – help to take care of captive animals so that they can live as happy and peaceful a life as possible.
5. Animal rehabilitation worker – help pets and wild animals to recover from injury or illness.
6. Breeder – help to produce the next generation of pets in a secure and loving environment.
7. Dog trainer – whether troublesome pets or medical care animals, you help train dogs to behave in certain ways.
8. Equestrian trainer/helper – from training horses to caring for them, there are lots of opportunities in the equestrian sector.
9. Groomer – keep pets looking their best by helping to take care of their coats, nails, and teeth.
10. Animal shelter worker – some animals sadly get abandoned or taken away from their owners, but you can help take care of them.
10 Jobs For People Who Care For Others
If you wish to be a source of help and comfort to other people who might need it, consider one of these careers.
1. Charity worker – so many areas of the charity sector involve caring directly for other people.
2. Social worker – a wide range of settings, but they all come down to helping people and families cope with problems.
3. Kindergarten assistant – work with babies and small children during the day by playing with them and helping their development.
4. Residential home carer – whether for senior citizens or people who are unable to care for themselves, you can help make their lives better.
5. Nanny/Au-pair – be a dedicated carer for the children of a family and help them thrive.
6. Midwife – help to bring new life into this world as you care for mother and baby during birth.
7. Nurse – working in many different environments, you’ll be a lifeline for those who need your care.
8. Counselor – sometimes we need someone to talk to who can help us through difficult situations. Could you be that person?
9. Therapist – from music and art, to more specific behavioral approaches, therapy comes in a variety of forms.
10. Support worker – whatever support someone needs, you can be there to provide it.
10 Careers For High Energy People
If you are someone who thrives in high energy situations, you’d do well to think about a job such as these.
1. Dancer – you’ll need to be fit and ready to practice hard to perfect your routine.
2. Adventure trip leader – take groups of people on adventures they’ll never forget.
3. Backpacking guide – manage trips for people who want to experience the great outdoors, but lack the know how.
4. Children’s camp leader – children will keep you on your toes as you make sure everything runs smoothly.
5. Entertainer – whether for children or adults, good entertainers require high energy and enthusiasm.
6. Firefighter – you’ll be running on adrenaline as you save people and tackle fires in this high stakes job.
7. Mountain rescuer – you will need your wits about you in order to help people in need in the great outdoors.
8. Stockbroker – it’s a fast-paced career that comes with its share of pressure, so you’ll need bags of energy.
9. EMT/paramedic – another career where a person’s life could very well be in your hands and time is often of the essence.
10. Salesperson – the really great salespeople pour their heart and soul into their pitches.
10 Jobs For People Who Like To Get Hands On
Are you a very practical person who is never happier than when grappling with something physically? These careers are ideal for you.
1. Carpenter – wood will be the medium you work with.
2. Mechanic – whether for cars, bikes, industrial machinery, or something else, you’ll have to get your hands dirty.
3. Painter/decorator – helping people transform their houses into homes, you’ll do a range of jobs.
4. Barber/hairstylist – help people look their best by taking your scissors to their hair.
5. Mixologist – make the very best drinks and cocktails using your skills and talents.
6. Plumber – you’ll be tasked with keeping things flowing… literally.
7. Electrician – we take it for granted these days, but you’ll bring light and heat and entertainment into homes and commercial premises.
8. Builder – helping to construct the world around us, you’ll need plenty of skills.
9. Welder – you’ll be needed to bring metal together and form structures of all kinds.
10. Camera operator – whether on TV or for movies, you’ll help capture the things we watch all the time.
25 Jobs For The Creative Soul
If you are someone who has a raw creative talent and would like to put it to good use, try one of these roles.
1. Video editor – taking raw footage and making it beautiful is a real skill.
2. Video director – ensuring that the right shots are taken for any form of video is important.
3. Graphic designer – working on all sorts of projects, you’ll help craft winning visual messages.
4. Book illustrator – you’ll capture the essence of a book and bring it to life in a visual format.
5. Fashion designer – we all wear clothes, and you could help design them.
6. Freelance writer – lots of companies need talented writers for a variety of purposes.
7. Author – why not just write a book and publish it?
8. Photographer – you and your camera can capture moments and take images that speak a thousand words.
9. Tailor/seamstress – when someone needs their clothes fixing or changing, you will come to the rescue.
10. Architect – designing the very buildings we live amongst is a very creative talent.
11. Art curator – choosing what to show and how is the secret to creating a compelling exhibition.
12. Artist – through its many mediums, art enriches the world around us.
13. Product designer – every product in our homes starts out as a design that comes from a person’s mind.
14. Advertising creative – be the brains behind effective marketing campaigns by coming up with ideas and helping to bring them to life.
15. Interior designer – whether in homes or public spaces, getting the right look is paramount to achieving the desired mood.
16. Cartoonist – loved by children and adults alike, a really good cartoon or graphic novel is a way to get lost in a story.
17. Animator – bringing drawings to life is an art itself and one that brings joy to many people.
18. Ceramist – working with clay, you can create both useful objects and aesthetically beautiful pieces of art.
19. Upholsterer – the fabrics we sit and lie on need to look good and be comfortable and you can help with both.
20. Composer – we’re not just talking classical music here; you’d be surprised just how in demand good composers are.
21. Makeup artist – from stage to the big screen, makeup helps characters come alive.
22. Costume designer – as with makeup, the costumes people wear are of vital importance in telling their story.
23. Jewelry designer/maker – some of our most precious items are the smallest things we wear, and someone needs to design and make them.
24. Voice artist – lending your voice to a character or advert or something else can be challenging and rewarding.
25. Actor/actress – help tell a story by embodying a different person.
10 Jobs For People Who Like To Teach
Does it fill you with purpose and meaning to share your knowledge and wisdom with others? You should probably be doing something like this with your life.
1. Teacher – need we say any more?
2. Ski instructor – help people master the slopes.
3. Watersports instructor – from surfing to paddle boarding, you can help them develop a skill.
4. Sports coach – all sports need great coaches to nurture raw talent and help individuals and teams win.
5. Private tutor – help individuals of all ages study for exams to give them the best chance of passing.
6. Musical instrument teacher – show people how to create music by mastering a particular instrument.
7. Professional course operator – all industries have courses to help people develop their skills and these courses need people to run them.
8. Driving instructor – driverless cars are a long way off, so people still need someone to show them how to drive a vehicle (it might not only be cars).
9. Flying instructor – as with cars, people who wish to learn to fly will need an experienced teacher to show them the ropes.
10. Life coach – basically, you can help teach people how to improve their lives, whatever that may entail.
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10 Careers For People Who Enjoy Working With Numbers
Are you a very numerate individual? Do you enjoy the challenge of manipulating numbers and data? Consider a job as one of these:
1. Accountant – help businesses to get their finances in order by taking care of their books.
2. Investment analyst – figure out which investments are most likely to provide a good return.
3. Actuary – help businesses and individuals assess and deal with financial risk and uncertainty.
4. Statistician – help to run the numbers and confirm the results of things such as scientific trials.
5. Data scientist – help come up with models to crunch big data in a variety of different ways.
6. Data analyst – extract the meaning and messages from datasets so that action can be taken based upon it.
7. Engineer – this term covers a broad range of careers, but they all require a talent for numbers.
8. Economist – the economy is a complicated thing, but you could help business and institutions understand it better.
9. Financial planner/adviser – help individuals manage their money efficiently so that it works harder for them.
10. Market research analyst – this involves looking at research and understanding the message in it so that companies can create products and target customers more effectively.
10 Jobs For People Who Love Travel
Do you never feel more content than when exploring different parts of the country and world? Why not pursue a career in one of these fields:
1. Tour guide – once you know how to give a tour, there’s nothing stopping you from moving around the world from city to city and from attraction to attraction.
2. Cruise ship worker – be part of a crew that helps people relax and enjoy themselves whilst stopping off at destinations around the world.
3. Flight attendant – help people make the best of their journey as you hop from one side of the world to the other.
4. Pilot – take your passengers safely to their endpoint and explore the globe as you do it.
5. Armed forces – the army, navy, and air force have a multitude of careers and many of them involve an element of travel.
6. Journalist – you’d be surprised where a good story might take you, both around the country and internationally.
7. Commercial diver – underwater expertise is highly prized and is needed in oceans and seas worldwide.
8. Intelligence services – James Bond gets to travel the world, and so could you.
9. International development – there are many roles that help countries to work together and develop.
10. Teach English – people across the world are crying out to learn English and you could be the person to teach them.
15 Jobs For The Highly Organized
Do you have an eye for detail? Are you always on top of everything that needs to be done? Then jobs such as these will be ideal for you:
1. Executive assistant / PA – the life of a business executive is a busy one and they need people like you to help them organize it.
2. Wedding planner – it’s one of the biggest days of a person’s life and sometimes they need a helping hand to make sure it runs smoothly.
3. Project manager – across all sectors of business and beyond, a good project manager is worth its weight in gold.
4. Librarian – are you organized enough to look after thousands, possibly millions of books?
5. Archivist – museums are entrusted with many priceless things and they often need categorizing and such.
6. Bibliographer – working to compile information from a variety of sources, you’ll have to have excellent organizational skills.
7. Event manager – no event just magically happens; they require the expertise of someone who knows how to put one on.
8. Merchandiser – getting the most sales from a store is a skill because you have limited space to work with.
9. Logistic managers – whenever things are being moved around the country or world, it pays to be well organized.
10. Editor – whether for a newspaper, magazine, or website, an editor has to keep things under control to ensure publications go out on time.
11. Festival organizer – lots of people in a field with live music… what could possibly go wrong? Nothing if there’s a good organizer at the helm.
12. Historian – uncovering the secrets of the past is no easy feat and you’ll need a keen eye for detail.
13. Surveyor – understanding land, boundaries, usage, and other such things requires a systematic approach.
14. Legal secretary – legal matters can hinge on tiny details and so it pays to have everything carefully organized.
15. Professional organizer – yes, this is an actual thing because people will pay good money to have someone organize their life.
10 Careers For People Who Are Into Health And Fitness
If you are someone who puts their health and fitness at the forefront of their life, jobs such as these could suit you well.
1. Personal trainer – many people need a helping hand and some guidance when getting fit and healthy. You could be that person.
2. Nutritionist – helping people find an eating plan that works for them can be very rewarding.
3. Yoga instructor – if guiding people through a yoga routine sounds like your idea of heaven, it can become a reality.
4. Massage therapist – massage can be incredibly healing and providing that relief is rewarding too.
5. Fitness instructor – wouldn’t it be great to teach classes in things such as spinning or Zumba?
6. Physiotherapist – helping people to overcome their niggles and pains is vital for their well-being and it can be great for yours too.
7. Physical therapist – when someone needs to regain their strength after illness or injury, you could play a big part in that.
8. Swimming instructor – teaching people how to swim and even pushing them up to competition level can be a fun way to live your life.
9. Referee/umpire/judge – why not get involved in matches and games by adjudicating them?
10. Health food store owner – when people need somewhere to buy their essential health goods, perhaps you could be the one to provide it.
15 Jobs For People Who Love Food/Drink
Do you taste buds tingle at the prospect of working with food and drink for a living? These jobs will be your dream come true:
1. Chef – create delicious dishes for people to enjoy, what could be better?
2. Baker – become an expert in breads, cakes, and pastries.
3. Food critic – someone has to judge which restaurants offer the best food and if that sounds like a dream job, you should be a food critic.
4. Cheesemonger – if cheese is your favorite thing to eat, turn it into a career.
5. Taste taster – from supermarkets to restaurants, taste testers help ensure only the very best products make it to market.
6. Caterer – food is a cornerstone of many events and someone needs to provide it. Why not you?
7. Wine taster – knowing which vintage is best is crucial to ensuring the right ones are selected for sale.
8. Chocolatier – do you love all things chocolate? Then why not make chocolate your full time job?
9. Cooking instructor – thousands of cooking classes are run every day and they all need an instructor. Or how about creating instructional videos to put online?
10. Butcher – many people make meat the very center of their dishes and they trust their local butcher to help them get the best cuts.
11. Fishmonger – bring fish from around the world to your local community by becoming a fishmonger.
12. Cookbook author – create your own collection of recipes and sell them as a cookbook.
13. Food blogger – write about food online and build a following to promote your blog.
14. Create your own food brand – wouldn’t it be amazing to see a product that you created on supermarket shelves?
15. Food scientist – work with companies or organizations to ensure food quality, assess nutritional value, and bring new products to market.
10 Careers For People Who Love Science
There is no end to the types of jobs that a lover of science could get into. There are literally thousands to choose from, and here are just a handful.
1. Clinical trials manager – help run important scientific studies to move forward the understanding of specific things.
2. Marine biologist – study the animals and plants that call the ocean their home.
3. Volcanologist – study some of the most dangerous and fascinating features of our planet.
4. Astronomer – look out beyond our world to study the rest of the universe.
5. Meteorologist – we all talk about the weather, but you could help model and predict it.
6. Laboratory assistant – help with scientific experiments that take place in the lab.
7. Microbiologist – get that microscope out and study the living things that are too small to see with the eye.
8. Particle physicist – work to better understand the stuff things are made of by studying the nature of the particles that make up matter.
9. Social scientist –societies and the people in them are fascinating. You could study and model things such as behavior and population.
10. Climate scientist – climate change is real and happening before our very eyes. Why not help to study and understand these changes.
5 Other Things You Could Do With Your Life
If you are asking yourself what you should do with your life, but you are looking for ideas that aren’t related to paid careers, how about something like this:
1. Be your own boss – there are so many potential routes into business and if you really don’t fancy working for someone else, why not work for yourself?
2. Volunteer – perhaps money is not important to you and you’d much rather have satisfaction in what you do. Volunteering could be the answer.
3. Foster parent – if you love children and would like to care for one that is in need of a home, you could become a foster parent.
4. Join a commune – perhaps traditional society is not something you wish to be a part of. There are lots of alternative communities that you could join.
5. Build your own off-grid home and live off the land – become self-sufficient and spend your days working the land and tending to your home.