Hot Careers for Summer Lovers

Robyn Tellefsen | May 31, 2011

What do you love most about summer? For me, it’s the long hours of daylight, lazy days at the beach, and more time with my family. It might surprise you to learn that the very things you love about summer can help you discover a new career passion. If you’re a quintessential summer lover, don’t miss these opportunities to marry your love of the warmer months with your work.

Resort Activities Director
If you love a good vacation – and who doesn’t? – a career in leisure could be your ticket to success. Bring your passion for water sports, cookouts, and luaus to work, along with some planning prowess, and you can get paid to organize and enjoy your favorite summer activities. It’s like working in a land of permanent vacation.
Sign me up: In addition to strong leadership, organization, and communication skills, many of these wellness workers have a bachelor’s degree in parks and rec­reation or a similar field, and some hold a master’s degree.
Summer lover salary: $25,270

Toy Designer
Summer is a time for fun and games, laughter and leisure. And wouldn’t it be great to find work in your play? From card games to board games to Matchbox cars, toys rely on skilled artists to bring them to life. When you bring your big ideas and creative skills to the table as a toy designer, you can count on fun all year long.
Sign me up: A bachelor’s degree in toy design or industrial design is a great way to demonstrate your drawing, sculpting, and computer design skills.
Summer lover salary: $61,890

If you enjoy spending summer nights hosting dinner parties for all your friends (no worries about going out on a school night!), sink your teeth into a career in the culinary industry. Chefs are kings of creativity, using knowledge of food as well as artistic license to develop and prepare mouth-watering, crowd-pleasing concoctions. Become a year-round chef and savor the flavors of summer.
Sign me up: Culinary school is the place to go to become a well-seasoned chef; a bachelor’s degree and oodles of kitchen experience can help you make it to the top.
Summer lover salary: $44,780

Solar Photovoltaic Installer
Summer is all about the sun – and what better place to harness the power of the sun than the solar industry itself? Solar PV installers get to work with their hands in the great outdoors, enjoy the warm sunshine all day long, and know that the work they do is helping save the planet. Plus, they get to climb on roofs. What’s more summery than that?
Sign me up:
A background in construction is valuable in this trade, as is roofing experience and knowledge of electricity. An associate degree in renewable energy technology can be especially helpful.
Summer lover salary: $33,980

Teaching is the ultimate career for summer lovers – because teachers don’t have to work in the summer! Don’t think you’re getting a free pass, though. As any teacher will attest, you will work your butt off for 10 months to get those precious two months of freedom. It’s a hard-earned reward, but if you love the summer (and teaching), it can be worth it.
Sign me up: You need a bachelor’s degree in education and a state license to teach, though some states will let you work with a bachelor’s degree in another field.
Summer lover salary: $54,330

What’s your favorite summer career?

-Robyn Tellefsen

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