Maybe you’re five years into your career and you feel… nothing. Maybe you’re 15 years in, and your ambitions are begging you to try something new. Maybe you’re reentering the workforce after having a child or taking the trip of a lifetime.
No matter your story, you deserve to make a change if that’s what you think is the next step in your career. But what should you do? This question is exciting — but a little bit intimidating. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the best jobs for women undergoing a career change.
1. Resume coach.
If you have a background in business — especially in hiring, management or human resources — and a desire to help others, being a resume coach may be your true calling. Resume coaches create their own schedule and spend a lot of time building meaningful connections, making it the perfect job for extroverts with an entrepreneurial spirit who love spending time with their planner.
2. Freelance writer.
If you’re looking for a job that lets you flex your creativity (while also enjoying a flexible lifestyle), look no further than a career as a freelance writer. If you have a passion for storytelling, research and using your voice, this is the perfect role for you. Perhaps the best part? If you’re a good writer, you can get started just by putting yourself out there — no formal education required.
3. Software developer.
If you think everyone around you is changing industries to get in on the technology boom, you’re not wrong. Fields like software development are perfect for career changers, because you are able to learn the technical skills required through a bootcamp or certification program. Software developer roles are well-paid, and offer a lot of growth potential. Plus, there are plenty of jobs in software development on the market.
4. Social worker.
If your current role is lacking a mission and you’re looking for something deeper, look no further than becoming a social worker. The field is expected to grow 16 percent by 2026, and involves helping others every day. Meaningful and employable? That sounds like a win-win. While each state in the United States has different requirements for licensed social workers, most require a two-year Master’s degree and passing a state licensure degree.
5. Air traffic controller.
Looking for a job that will keep you on your toes? When you’re an air traffic controller, each and every moment is exciting. The job requires adaptability and attention to detail — making it perfect for the perfectionist looking for work that challenges them. Plus, the FAA pre-employment training programs are accessible — making them a great way to continue your education.
6. Financial advisor.
If you’re seeking a role that provides a flexible schedule, meaningful connections and the ability to use the strategic part of your brain, becoming a financial advisor may be perfect for you. Financial advisors help people make decisions with their wealth after receiving one of a series of certifications. It is a human job that requires real-time thinking, networking and a passion for building business.
7. Virtual assistant.
Virtual assistant roles boast several perks for career changers. First, there’s no formalized training required (although developing a niche is suggested). Also, you’re able to make your own scheduled and, as “virtual” implies, work from wherever you’re comfortable. Plus, your day-to-day tasks are always changing, keeping your workday fresh. If you’ve got a passion for administration, helping others and entrepreneurial endeavors, you’ve got what it takes to be a virtual assistant.
If you have a Bachelor’s degree in an analytical field — such as mathematics or business — and are looking for something new, consider a job as an actuary. Actuaries are typically supervisors who assess and manage risks in business settings. Becoming an actuary requires certification and the passing of several exams. However, the pay off is pretty great. The median salary of actuaries in the United States was $101,560 in 2017 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, making the job a lucrative career move if you’re stuck in a salary rut.