Careers

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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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.

By Alia Hoyt

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.

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Dave Roos

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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

By Kate Kershner

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.

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Dreams really can come true, gamers.

By Nicholas Gerbis

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

By Kate Kershner

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?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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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.

By Debra Ronca & Caroline Ervin

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

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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.

By Kate Kershner

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.

By Debra Ronca

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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.

By Gerlinda Grimes

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.

By Debra Ronca

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

By Debra Ronca

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.

By Debra Ronca

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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.

By Debra Ronca

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.

By Oisin Curran

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?

By Dave Roos

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.

By Bambi Turner

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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!

By Bambi Turner

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

By Alison Cooper