Ten Gigs for Social Butterflies

social jobsBy Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing

In diapers, you were the baby who excitedly greeted everyone -- even strangers. In the classroom, you were notorious for chatting incessantly with your neighbors causing the teacher to re-arrange the seating chart practically on a weekly basis. And at parties, you always seem to find yourself at the center of a group, all eyes on you. You can't help it; being a social butterfly just comes naturally.

Not only will being great with people ensure that your social calendar is always packed, it's a skill that's essential for a variety of today's most promising jobs. In fact, the number-one skill set being used by the fastest-growing jobs in the nation are social skills, according to Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., co-author of 150 Best Jobs for Your Skills (JIST-2008). Shatkin believes a person's skill set can be one of the most influential factors in career exploration and planning.

He says, "An impressive degree, personal contacts, and the slickest resume in town can only suggest your skills. They may get you hired, but to keep a job you need to own the relevant skills. That's why, when you are making career plans, you should think in terms of jobs that match your skills'the skills you already have or believe you can develop."

So which jobs are best suited for social butterflies? Shatkin identifies the following as 10 of the best jobs for them in the world of work:

1. Family and General Practioners

Annual Earnings: $140,400

Extrovert-friendly because: they advise patients concerning diet, hygiene, and disease prevention; explain complicated procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments; and refer patients to medical specialists or other practioners when necessary.

2. Public Relations Specialists

Annual Earnings: $45,020

Extrovert-friendly because: they respond to requests for information from the media; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with representatives of community, consumer, employee, and public interest groups; and coach client representatives in effective communication with the public and with employees.

3. Employment Interviewers

Annual Earnings: $41,780

Extrovert-friendly because: they interview job applicants in an employment office and refers them to prospective employers for consideration; inform applicants of job openings and details such as duties and responsibilities, compensation, and more; and contact employers to solicit orders for job vacancies.

4. Computer Support Specialists

Annual Earnings: $40,610

Extrovert-friendly because: they answer questions and resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone, or from remote location; provides assistance concerning the use of hardware and software; and confers with staff, users, and management to establish requirements for new systems or modifications.

5. Sales Managers

Annual Earnings: $87,580

Extrovert-friendly because: they represent company at trade association meetings to promote products; confer with potential customers regarding their needs and advise customers on types of products to purchase; and advise dealers and distributors on policies and operating procedures to ensure functional effectiveness of business.

6. Lawyers

Annual Earnings: $98,930

Extrovert-friendly because: they advise clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, advisability or prosecuting or defending lawsuits, or legal rights and obligations; present and summarize cases to judges and juries; and argue motions, meet with judges, and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

7. Counseling Psychologists

Annual Earnings: $57,170

Extrovert-friendly because: they advise clients on how they should be helped by counseling; counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, define goals, and develop realistic action plans; and assess and evaluate individuals' problems through the use of case history, interview, and observation.

8. Instructional Coordinators

Annual Earnings: $50,430

Extrovert-friendly because: they conduct teacher training programs and conferences dealing with new classroom procedures, instructional materials and equipment, and teaching aids; and confer with members of educational committees and advisory groups to obtain knowledge of subject areas and to relate curriculum materials to specific subjects, student needs, and occupational areas.

9. Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

Annual Earnings: $70,350

Extrovert-friendly because: they confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities, policies, and student behavioral or learning problems; counsel and provide guidance to students regarding personal, academic, vocational, or behavioral issues; and develops partnerships with business, communities, and other organizations to help meet identified educational needs.

10. Personnel Recruiters

Annual Earnings: $41,780

Extrovert-friendly because: they seek out, interview, and screen applicants to fill existing and future job openings; establish and maintain relationships with hiring managers; and contact applicants to inform them of employment possibilities, consideration, and selection.

Selena Dehne is a career writer for JIST Publishing who shares the latest occupational, career and job search information available with job seekers and career changers. Her articles help people find meaningful work, develop their career and life plans, and carry out effective job search campaigns.

Copyright 2008 Selena Dehne
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