2010 is almost over. At the beginning of the year I was excited about the fact that this would be my last year in college. I was looking forward to starting my work in the corporate world. A few insightful books later, along with many thought-provoking discussions over the course of the year, and now it’s completely unknown what my future holds. I’m sure that I’m not the only one thinking this way these days.
Whether you graduated from college, got fired (and decided to become a full-blown entrepreneur), or got fed up with your job, below are the top three dream jobs of 2010:
1. MMA/UFC Fighter.
The UFC became the PPV king in 2010, with well promoted events that would do anywhere from 500,000 to 1 million buys on PPV. That’s $49.99 for standard and $59.99 for HD. Not cheap by any means. What does this mean? That Mixed Martial Arts (well really UFC) is now huge. Try finding a seat in a bar for a UFC show on a Saturday night. With the rise in popularity of the sport of course comes a rise in the amount of willing participants. Young 20-somethings all over North America are filling up MMA gyms in hopes of mastering the craft. Some see it as a physically taxing hobby (myself), while others see it as a dream career where the profits can hit millions. No matter what your thoughts are on this sport, you can’t argue its massive increase in exposure in 2010.
2. Pro Blogger.
This is not a new career path, but it’s one that has become extremely popular over the last year. With the increase in methods of how one can monetize a blog has come an increase in those blogging for a living. Blogging went from being associated with Perez Hilton and his celebrity gossip to being viewed as a reputable source of information. Bloggers can now be heard on radio, seen on television, and read about in traditional print media. In 2010 alone a small blogger like myself was featured on television (Willis Report) and in the local paper (Toronto Star). More popular bloggers have been featured in USA Today and the NY Times.
Bloggers also no longer earn their livelihood from Google Adsense alone. Many innovative bloggers have been able to successfully monetize their blogs with:
- Paid products.
- Subscription services.
- Speaking gigs.
It’s unknown what the future holds for bloggers but it’s clear that this is a rising career path that won’t be going away any time soon.
3. World Traveler.
With the rise of Tim Ferriss (4-Hour Workweek) and Chris Guillebeau (Art of Non Conformity), traveling the world while still making lots of money has become a dream job for thousands of people (including myself). The idea of a “week away from reality” has turned into “lifestyle design” and becoming location independent.
Tying it all in…
I must confess that I’ve taken a shot at all 3 of these careers. The MMA fighter path won’t work out because I realized that I only enjoy kickboxing. Oh and I don’t like getting punched or kicked in the face. The pro blogger career is still a possibility, as is the world traveler dream. What were/are are your dream jobs? Did any new career paths spark your interest?
Btw, this was not meant to be a scientific post with empirical data. I just wanted to take a look at some of the most popular new jobs on the rise from my perspective. Please feel free to comment on these jobs or to share others.