10 Unconventional Career Paths in 2023

6 June 2023

by Taylah Berry

Reflecting on the past decade, it's incredible to think how drastically the world and its workforce have evolved. Rapid advancements in technology, shifting social dynamics and new industry norms have changed the game in today’s job market. Many jobs that were prevalent in 2013 have become obsolete, while new and exciting career opportunities have emerged. 

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering “what do I actually want to do with my life?”, here are some unconventional careers that you may not have considered. 

  1. Virtual Reality (VR) Game Developer: 

  • Design and develop immersive virtual reality games that provide users with interactive and engaging experiences, leveraging the capabilities of VR technology. 

  1. Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity: 

  • With the growing threat of cybercrime, ethical hacking and cybersecurity have become critical fields. If you’re interested in technology and problem-solving, consider exploring careers in ethical hacking, digital forensics, cybersecurity consulting, or even working for government agencies. 

  1. User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Design: 

  • UX/UI design focuses on creating seamless and engaging user experiences for digital products and services. If you have an eye for design, empathy for users, and a passion for technology, check out careers in UX/UI design across industries like tech, e-commerce, and media. 

  1. Nonprofit and Social Impact Organisations: 

  • If you’re passionate about making a positive change in society, explore careers in nonprofit organisations, non-government organisations or social enterprises. These organisations focus on various important causes such as education, healthcare, poverty alleviation, or human rights advocacy. 

  1. Sports Analytics and Esports Management: 

  • The sports industry goes beyond playing on the field. Don’t have the hand–eye coordination for a professional sporting career? There are plenty of other opportunities in sports analytics, data analysis, sports marketing, or even esports management. 

  1. Sustainability Consultant:  

  • The health of our planet is becoming more important every day. Sustainability consultants help organisations develop and implement sustainable practices, reduce environmental impact, and enhance social responsibility. They assist in areas such as energy efficiency, waste management, renewable energy, and sustainable business strategies. 

  1. Drone Pilot:  

  • Flying a drone is harder than it looks! The technology has opened up opportunities for drone pilots in fields like aerial photography, videography, mapping, surveying, agriculture, and even package delivery. 

  1. Cryptocurrency Analyst:  

  • Bored with dollars and cents? With the rise of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, cryptocurrency analysts research and analyse market trends, assess investment opportunities, and provide insights on digital currencies and their potential impact on the financial industry. 

  1. Virtual Reality Therapist:  

  • Virtual reality therapists utilise VR technology to provide immersive and therapeutic experiences for mental health treatment, phobia desensitisation, and stress management. They combine psychology and technology to support patients' well-being. 

  1. Content Creator: 

  • It’s the era of social media dominance and the power of content creation has taken centre stage. Whether you choose to collaborate with companies to enhance their online presence or carve your own path by building a personal brand, the possibilities are limitless. Through platforms like YouTube, Instagram, or TikTok, you can showcase your expertise, share your interests, and unleash your creativity to engage audiences and make a meaningful impact. 

If you’re stuck thinking you have no idea which career path to pursue, remember there are literally millions of opportunities out there... you just have to find them. Whether you're studying psychology and considering incorporating virtual reality into your practice or have a knack for design and want to explore user interface design or content creation, the possibilities are endless. 

The truth is, the degree you study doesn't have to confine you to a predetermined, cookie-cutter career path.  

Let's declare 2023 as the year of bold exploration.  

It's a year where curiosity and audacity will lead you to the most extraordinary and unconventional jobs. Step outside of your comfort zone, challenge norms, and uncover exciting opportunities that will ignite your passion. 

Written by Taylah Berry

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