As part of the Great Resignation, millions of Americans are quitting their jobs in search of something better. One-fifth of people who quit their jobs this year did so because they were seeking a career change, according to a Q3 Joblist survey of 26,278 job seekers.
What workers are looking for varies, but many are keen to find employment in a field that's more interesting or fulfilling to them.
So what jobs are people most interested in doing? Telecommunications company Business.CenturyLink.com combed through five years worth of Twitter data. They found the job titles most frequently mentioned with words like "dream job" or "dream career" and listed the top 10. Gigs range from broad categories to very specific positions.
Here are those top 10 dream jobs, according to the analysis. Each includes a few specific titles and their median annual salaries according to Payscale.
"I enjoyed recruiting thoroughly because you were interacting with so many people," says Vicki Salemi, career expert at Monster and a former recruiter herself.
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As a result of the pandemic, nursing is "in high demand and that's not going to slow down anytime soon," says Salemi.
Registered nurse: $67,000
Nurse practitioner: $99,000
Engineer is a "very satisfying job," says Julia Pollak, chief economist at ZipRecruiter, adding that it's a good one for people who are "really passionate about figuring out how things work and why."
Civil engineer: $68,000
Software engineer: $88,000
Writer is "a very competitive job," says Pollak. "The jobs with the largest numbers of applications per opening are jobs like sports writer."
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The requirements for each of these jobs differ. To get a job as an engineer, you'd need "a bachelor's degree, not necessarily in engineering, but perhaps in math or science and probably some additional education and or training," says Salemi.
With nursing, "it's important to know what the state licensing requirements are," she says. "I do know they have to take a licensing exam."
When it comes to jobs in more creative fields, there may be multiple ways to gain entry. In the entertainment industry, for example, "you see lots of people from nontraditional backgrounds," says Pollak. "They don't necessarily need to have been the theater major or doing all the great film and acting stuff in school. People find their way into that industry all kinds of different ways."
Among these dream jobs are positions in high demand. "At the moment, schools are hungry for teachers, and many schools are dramatically understaffed," says Pollak, adding that, "They're hiring teachers with much less experience than they would normally consider."
With the "huge increase in demand for goods," there is "enormous demand for sales professionals," she says.
As Salemi said, nurses are also currently in high demand. Though these jobs may traditionally require certain licenses or training, some employers may be relaxing some requirements for the moment to ensure they fill their open roles.
Whatever the case may be about your dream job ― it requires a lengthy education process, years of experience, or simply an interest to get you in the door ― it's important to start your path toward that job with "research, research, research," says Salemi.
Read about your dream job online, reach out to people in your network who work in the field and can tell you more about it, and see if you can take on some part-time work doing it or something similar.
A lot of times people thinking about these gigs are seeing them "through rose-colored glasses," she says. Learning about them ahead of time can help uncover "the nitty gritty, or the red flags" that may not be so apparent from the outside.
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