Whether you want to admit it or not, when you get home at night, you probably pop a bowl of popcorn, draw the curtains, and watch your favorite reality show on Tivo.
Don’t worry-you’re not alone. Most Americans have at least one reality show on their “to watch” list. So why not use your favorite reality show as inspiration to help start one of 2010’s top careers?
The types of jobs you see on reality tv shows includes some of today’s hottest careers. Check it out:
Top Career for “The Biggest Loser” Fans
Personal Training Career
Follow in the footsteps of Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper and start a career helping people reach their fitness goals. With an ever-growing focus on fitness and personal wellness, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that job opportunities for personal trainers are expected to increase up to 27% by 2014.
Top Career for “Top Chef” Fans
Culinary Arts Career
Tom Colicchio, Mario Batali, and Gordon Ramsay are household names these days, showing that there’s no better time to consider a career as a professional chef. From supermarket lines to high-end restaurants to reality TV shows, being a professional chef is clearly one of the top careers of this decade.
Top Career for “Project Runway” Fans
Fashion Design Career
Think you’ve got what it takes to wow Heidi, Tim and the guest judges on “Project Runway?” Turn your passion for fashion into a design career, where you could create looks for sportswear lines, evening dresses, or even haute couture.
Top Career for “The Apprentice” Fans
Career in Business
Are you the next Donald Trump? Start a career in business management and you could be the one running a multi-million dollar corporation and telling interns “you’re fired.”
Top Career for “America’s Next Top Model” Fans
While Tyra only picks one “America’s Next Top Model,” there are plenty of opportunities for aspiring fashionistas out there, from catalog to television to runway. If you think you’ve got the personality and fashion sense to make it in the modeling world, consider a professional modeling career.
Top Career for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Fans
Construction Management Career
Admit it: sometimes you make a list of house improvement projects, strap on a tool belt, and pretend you’re Ty Pennington. But to run the kind of projects you see on “Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition,” you’ll need to combine your love of construction with business savvy and management skills.
Top Career for “Cake Boss” Fans
Pastry Chef Career
If you can take buttercream and yellow sheet cake and turn it into a scene from “Gone with the Wind,” chances are you could be the next Buddy Valastro. To get started, you’ll need to learn everything there is to know about chocolate, pastry dough, and how to turn sugar into fondant.
Top Career for “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Fans
Criminal Justice Career
Whether you watch the show or not, you have to admit that Duane “Dog” Champman’s ability to hunt down and bring in fugitives without the use of firearms is pretty impressive. For those who want to fight crime, albeit in a more quiet manner, criminal justice careers offer a variety of ways to go after the bad guys.
Top Career for “Celebrity Rehab with Doctor Drew” Fans
Addiction can affect everyone, from your next door neighbor to the most famous (or infamous) pop start. If “Celebrity Rehab” has you thinking about how you can reach out and help others, consider a career as a psychologist.
Top Career for “The Rachel Zoe Project” Fans
Fashion Stylist Career
Rachel Zoe gets to work with the world’s most famous movie stars, biggest design houses, and world-renowned magazines. Who doesn’t want that kind of career?
For more information on the careers listed above, including degree programs and salary details, check out this career profiles page.
Noel Rozny writes the bi-weekly career blog mypathfinder for the myFootpath website. myFootpath is a resource to help you in your search for a college, degree program, career, graduate school, and non-traditional experiences. Visit www.myfootpath.com to start your college or degree program search.