Whether you love or hate your job, you probably spend a good amount of time contemplating what's next. The Career Channel helps you explore the world of work and learn about your employment options.


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Why Giving a Professional Reference Can Be a Minefield

Ever had someone ask you for a reference that you didn't want to give? Or been unsure of what your reference may say about you? Professional references can be minefields, but they don't have to be.

Not a Whale of a Tail: You Too Can Become a Mermaid

You can fulfill that childhood dream of becoming like Ariel in "The Little Mermaid." Mermaid classes are popping up all over the U.S. and internationally. Some people even make a career of it.

How to Answer the Dreaded Question 'What Are Your Salary Requirements?'

How can you answer the salary requirements question without selling yourself short? One expert says, "Just say no."

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel

No college degree in the world could prepare you to be the Duckmaster at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Job Market 'Hot' for Recent College Grads

Know a recent college grad looking for a job? A study on entry-level job salaries says the market is the best it's been in years.

Is No Job Better Than a Bad Job?

Research shows that being unemployed has negative health effects, but having a bad job can cause stress that's detrimental to well-being.

HowStuffWorks: Can you make a living as an artist?

Artists can struggle to turn their art into a living. Learn more about artists and options for them to make a living out of their art in this video from HowStuffWorks.

How Professional Gaming Works

Dreams really can come true, gamers.

Diving for Golf Balls Is a Real Job

Like diving? Like golf? Not afraid of alligators? This could be your dream job.

10 Fields Where the Glass Ceiling Isn't Even Cracked

Women in America have come a long way, baby, in certain occupations. But there are others where they are barely represented. Which ones are they — and why?

10 Job Titles That Have Been Around for 2,000 Years

Some jobs are so critical to everyday life that they've never gone out of style. Whether it's the first or the 21st century, you can find a baker, a soldier and a judge. Which job titles have been around for 2,000 years?

6 Careers With Great Benefits

A good salary and benefits package aren't the only attractive things that keep you on the job. A few good perks can make a difference, too.

10 Extinct Job Titles

Time was when there were plenty of jobs for ice cutters and court jesters and crossing sweepers. What happened to these extinct jobs?

Does the video game industry really lack career stability?

A career playing video games? Sounds like a little slice of heaven, doesn't it? Well, maybe for some, but it's in an industry not exactly known for low-pressure environments and job stability.

10 Careers Where You Can Eat for a Living

You love to eat, and you need to money to live. Doing the former to make the latter seems like an unachievable dream, right? Not necessarily! Here are 10 potential paths to fulfillment.

Does winning a reality competition really help your career?

You've tried lots of ways to give your career a boost: becoming best friends with the boss, grabbing all the attention at meetings, taking credit for others' ideas. Have you thought about appearing on a reality competition? It couldn't hurt.

10 Amazing Product Tester Jobs

Want to make money playing video games? Or earn a living eating food or wearing shoes? It's possible if you become a product tester. Check out these 10 cool product tester jobs.

10 Thirsty Jobs for Beverage Snobs

Tired of your current job and thirsty for a new challenge? Well, whet your palate because you have so many options to choose from.

10 Jobs That Will Take You on Wild Adventures

Spend all of your time at a 9-to-5 job dreaming of adventure? Then maybe it's time you start checking out our list of 10 jobs that will get you out of the office and into something unforgettable.

10 Fun Jobs That Pay Well

You could be paid to eat or shop. Sound too good to be true? Find out which jobs let you have your cake and eat it too.

How Drone Pilots Work

Whether you're an Air Force pilot or a civilian hobbyist, if you're a drone pilot, you're on the verge of having a whole new world of career options available — if only the Federal Aviation Administration would figure out some rules.

10 UAV Jobs of the Future

Although unmanned aerial vehicles (aka drones) were originally developed for military use, civilians have found hundreds of uses for them – leading to creation of jobs that never existed before. Fancy being a drone farmer?

How do you get a job as a video games writer?

Video game writers give voices to video game characters. Breaking into the world of game design isn't easy, but a dream gig could be yours if you put in the effort.

How do you get a job testing toys?

Want to tinker with toys all day and get paid for the privilege? Read on to learn how to make it as a toy tester!

How do you get a job as a professional shopper?

Can you really get paid to shop till you drop? Yup — and you may not even have to quit your day job.