Ignore the warnings about print media dying. The world of journalism is still thriving. If writing and a fast-paced environment are your passions, the industry can provide a rewarding career with a host of side benefits. Whether you're on staff with a publication or work for yourself as a freelancer, as an established journalist you can chase stories — sometimes all over the world. You get to be on the front lines of whatever's happening, whether it's a protest, a Pope visit or a political debate.
It's not the highest paying job in the world, meaning any possible perks are a big deal. A Bureau of Labor Statistics look into reporter, correspondent and broadcast news analyst jobs found the median pay in 2012 was $37,090 — although that drops a few thousand bucks when you take TV news broadcasters out of the equation.
Benefits for journalists include free, behind-the-scenes access to events, and that can pay off if you're covering a concert, debate or theater event or if you're interviewing a public figure. Seasoned journalists can do a lot of traveling, which can be exciting (and sometimes dangerous) work. Your job can take you all over the world and put you right in the middle of history. And if you have a specific passion — like politics or the environment — you just might be able to make money writing about what you love.