Dare to be Different

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Are you someone who marches to the beat of her own music or maybe you just don’t fit into the mainstream? Students often pursue traditional career paths such as doctor, lawyer, teacher, nurse and there is nothing wrong with any of these paths.  What many students seem to forget is that there are other options. The path after graduation is not a straight line; it’s more like a bunch of squiggly lines that offer a variety of possibilities. So, before you narrow down your options, make sure that you do your research because there are often careers that you may not know about.

Every 2 weeks, we shine the spotlight on careers that are different. Who knows, you may just find what you’ve been looking for.

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT.

 

Pet Food Tester

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 What they do

  • Make sure pet food is nutritious and tasty
  • Appraise the smell of pet food
  • Write reports and come up with new ideas to enhance pet food quality

Skills

  • Developed taste buds
  • Animal knowledge
  • Research abilities
  • Creativity

Experience

  • Degree in nutrition
  • Pet nutrition certification

Earnings

  • $34k - $100k

Additional Information

 

White Hat Hacker

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 What they do

  • Use hacking skills to identify security vulnerabilities
  • Investigate and improve hardware, software, or networks
  • Report security flaws to the company/owner responsible for fixing these issues

Skills

  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Intelligence
  • Strong technical and organizational skills

Experience

  • Degree in information security, computer science, or math
  • Experience and certifications in cybersecurity

Earnings

  • $22k - $187k

Additional Information

 

Sommelier

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 What they do

  • Create and update wine lists in collaboration with chefs
  • Recommend food and wine pairings
  • Maintain the proper storage and serving of wine

Skills

  • Extensive knowledge of wines
  • Understanding of winemaking process
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to create tasteful food and wine pairings

Experience

  • Customer service and hospitality
  • Wine courses

Earnings

  • $30k - $80k

Additional Information

 

Ocularist

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What they do

  • Construct, fit, shape, and maintain artificial eyes (ocular prosthesis)
  • Provide long-term care to patients who require one or more artificial eyes
  • Provide patients with complete instruction on the care and maintenance of their prosthesis

Skills

  • Creativity
  • Compassion
  • Dexterity
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ocular anatomy knowledge

 Education

  • Ocularist training program from the American Society of Ocularist

Earnings

  • $60k - $100k

Additional Information

 

Foley Artist

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 What they do

  • Devise and record every day sounds heard in film, TV, and video games
  • Use props to create sounds like the swishing of clothing, breaking of glass, footsteps, squeaky doors
  • Watch video footage and catalogue the needed foley effects

Skills

  • Deep knowledge of sound, music and rhythm
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Keen observation and sensitive listening
  • Time management

Education

  • Degree in sound design/music/film (not necessary)
  • Develop skills with hands-on experience

Earnings

  • $60k – $110k

Additional Information

 

Clinical Ethicist

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What they do

  • Identify, analyze and resolve ethical problems that arise in clinical medicine
  • Offer guidance to patients, their families and professional staff on ethical, legal and policy issues
  • Aide in developing policy, doing research and providing education about ethics for others

Skills

  • Active listening and strong communication
  • Analyzing
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Collaboration
  • Reasoning

Education

  • Typically start in a career as a physician, nurse or health care administrator
  • Master’s/Doctorate in Ethics or Bioethics

Earnings

  • $47k - $80k
  • $65k average

Additional Information

 

Veterinary Acupuncturist

 

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What they do

  • Insert needles into various pressure points on an animal’s body
  • Develop and implement treatment plans based on the individual animal’s needs
  • Treat conditions like arthritis, neurologic disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and muscle injuries

Skills

  • Independence
  • Empathy
  • Good communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Good with animals

Education

  • Licensed veterinarian
  • Additional training related to muscle physiology, anatomy and acupuncture techniques

Earnings

  • $56k - $123k
  • $80k average

Additional Information

 

 

    Hippotherapist

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    What they do

    • Utilize horses and their movement for therapeutic purposes
    • A specialization reserved for rehabilitation therapists (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists)
    • Work in conjunction with a professional horse handler

    Skills

    • Understand the movement of horses and humans
    • Use clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice
    • Empathy
    • Communication
    • Interpersonal abilities

    Education

    • Master’s/Doctorate in physiotherapy, occupational therapy or speech and language therapy
    • Certification in hippotherapy

    Earnings

    • $17k - $122k
    • $77k average

    Additional Information

     

      Odour Tester

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      What they do

      • Test the effectiveness of odours
      • Engage in laboratory testing to adjust a product’s chemical composition and improve or alter its smell

      Skills

      • Ability to distinguish between similar smells
      • Good communication
      • Foundational knowledge of computers

      Education

      • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry

      Earnings

      • $38k - $100k

      Additional information

       

      Colour Expert

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      What they do

      • Specialize in the complex effects of colours
      • Combine colour psychology, current trends, demographic statistics and colour design theories to best incorporate colour into a project
      • Create colour solutions for anything from the layout of a room, to the logo of a company, to appealing product design

      Skills

      • Analytical skills 
      • Artistic ability
      • Computer skills
      • Customer service
      • Product knowledge

      Education

      • Bachelor’s degree in cosmetology/business/fine arts/specialized sales and merchandising/industrial and product design

      Earnings

      • $49k – 70k

      Additional information

       

      Image Consultant

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      What they do

      • Advise clients on clothes, hairstyles, makeup, jewelry and colors
      • Meet with individual clients’ or conduct group seminars
      • Give advice on posture, manners and business etiquettes
      • Develop plans to improve clients’ images and take them to clothing stores

      Skills

      • Creative and artistic
      • Sense of fashion, colour and style
      • Communication skills
      • Good with people
      • Confident and energetics

      Education

      • Completion of related university/college programs and courses covering fashion, design and cosmetology

      Earnings

      • $25K - 75K

      Additional Infomation

       

      Wildlife Technician

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      What they do

      • Track and catch animals in wild
      • Examine animals to assess health levels
      • Attach tags to animals so they can be tracked
      • Keep detailed logs and write reports

      Skills

      • Detail-oriented and analytical
      • Communication
      • Committed to wildlife and the environment
      • Observational and ability to work in rural areas
      • Physical strength and stamina

      Education

      • Bachelor’s degree in conservational wildlife biology or a college diploma in fishing and wildlife technology (three to four years)

      Earnings

      • $25k - 78k

      Additional Information

         

        Chiropodist

         

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        What they do

        • Treat foot problems with casts, braces and physical therapy
        • Perform minor surgery, such as removing ingrown toenails
        • Prescribe medications related to foot care
        • Recommend orthotics for patients who have problems walking

        Skills and Attributes

        • Dedicated
        • Patient and compassionate
        • Enjoy working with people
        • Communication skills
        • Analytical

        Education

        • Bachelors in Chiropody Program (three years after university)

        Earnings

        • $50k – 75k

        Additional Resources

         

        Director of Photography

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        What they do

        • Help choose what visual styles to choose
        • Determine the and number of cameras, lenses and light equipment
        • Design each shot and sequence with regard to camera angle and movement
        • Adjust setting settings such as focus and exposure

        Skills Required

        • A mix of creativity and technical expertise
        • Able to work to strict deadlines
        • Good vision and sense of colour
        • Determined and self-innovated
        • Enjoy meeting and working with new people
        Education
        • Programs involving film and video, production, photography or film studies

        Earnings

        • $30-100K

         

          Gerontologist

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          What they do

          • Some work at community service agencies that reach out to older people
          • Others research how ageing affects the human body and mind
          • Aim to improve the quality of our lives as we age
          • Can work at either adult daycare programs or long-term care centres

          Skills Required

          • Good with people
          • Caring
          • Sensitive to the needs of others
          • Flexible
          • Organized
          • Good listener
          Education
          • Master’s or a PhD degree in gerontology

          Earnings

          • $25k - $140k

            Astrobiologist

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            What They Do

            • Study the possibility of life beyond Earth
            • Understand how life originates
            • Study life present in extreme conditions on Earth
            • Study different planets and moons for life-supporting conditions
            • Search for radio signals from extraterrestrial life

            Work-Related Skills

            • Advanced Biology, Astronomy and Biology skills
            • Analytical and critical thinking
            • Problem solving and interpersonal

            Earnings and Education

            $35k - $100k with a degree in astronomy and biology 

             

            Horticultural Therapist

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            What They Do

            Horticultural Therapy (HT) is a formal practice that uses plants, horticultural activities, and the garden landscape to promote well-being for its participants. HT is goal orientated with defined outcomes and assessment procedures. HT sessions are administered by professionally trained horticultural therapists.

            Working Conditions

            The horticultural therapist may work with people in virtually any type of healthcare or social service setting, for example, physical rehabilitation, mental health, vocation services, long-term care, hospice, corrections, special education, wellness and health-support, foster care or youth services. They may work in impoverished or socially-disadvantaged communities, in public gardens or in retirement living.

            Education

            It would be advisable to obtain a degree or foundation degree in a subject such as botanical sciences, horticulture, horticulture leadership, education, nursing, social work, landscape design, educational psychology or occupational therapy. Certificate courses in horticultural therapy are available in universities and plant nurseries.

            Earnings

            Horticultural services enjoy an average income of $48,426 in Ontario.

            Horticultural therapists are expected to earn between $35k – $57k a year. Horticultural therapists also tend to wear many hats – some go on to own their own successful businesses. 

            For more information on this career choice and further resources, visit Career Centre located at DV 3094 or contact 905-828-5451 to book an appointment.

             

            Continuity Writer

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            What They Do

            Just like a good novel, television programs show the growth and changes of a character. The wardrobe team, make-up artists and writers work to evolve the character’s look, dialogue, and personality as the character develops.

            All these details can be a lot to juggle, and, if handled wrong, can be confusing for a viewer. The Continuity Writer makes sure that doesn’t happen by reviewing every detail of the characters and plot, then making changes in order to keep the flow.

            As a Continuity Writer, you commonly work for a film or television producer.  Films and TV shows aren’t filmed in sequential order, so you ensure a character doesn’t use information that he doesn’t learn for a few more scenes. You also review facts and make sure the storyline flows. For example, you make that the character who vowed never to wear pink (ten episodes ago) doesn’t don rose-coloured gloves.

            Your Continuity Writer duties hold you accountable for knowing the characters’ history, beliefs, personalities, dreams, hang-ups, weaknesses, fears and likes. In addition to making sure the characters grow at the appropriate rate, you work in conjunction with the Continuity Supervisor to ensure that the scene is 'continual' with previous scenes. For example, you make sure it doesn’t abruptly turn from day to night or sunny to rainy. This helps keep the viewer engulfed in the story without distraction. You may also be responsible for writing show previews, station announcements and advertising content.

            Work-Related Skills

            • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
            • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
            • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

            Education

            • Bachelor's degree or higher

            Earnings

            • $44k – $109k

            For more information on this career choice and further resources, visit Career Centre located at DV 3094 or contact 905-828-5451 to book an appointment.

             

            Oceanographer

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            What They Do

            • Study seas and oceans across the globe
            • They study the moving patterns of the oceans including currents, tides and waves
            • Some also study the ocean plant and animal life
            • They collect samples and readings to observe the changes in water level
            • Work on the rocks, minerals and fossils found on the ocean floor

            Work-Related Skills

            • Strong research expertise
            • Fieldwork experience
            • Scuba diving and boat handling certification
            • Excellent oral and written communication skillset

            Education

            • University Graduate degree in Oceanography or Marine Biology

            Earnings

            • $ 44k - $100k

             

            Art Therapist

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            What They Do

            • Use to process of self-expression and creative artwork to restore a client’s functioning and explore their feelings
            • Work in traditional settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation and wellness centres

            Work-Related Skills

            • Strong understanding of visual art and mental health
            • Self-awareness and willingness to help out others
            Education
            • Psychology and visual art degree

            Earnings

            • $30k – $70k 

               

              Cytotechnologist

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               What They Do

              • Examine cells for abnormalities or changes that indicate the presence of diseases
              • Prepare cell samples by mounting them on slides
              • Help pathologist make a diagnosis
              • Enter results into a computer tracking system and write reports

              Work-Related Skills

              • Concentration for long periods of time
              • Detailed-orientated
              • Communication Skills
              • Independent work
              • Decision making 

                  Education

                  • Diploma or bachelor’s degree in Cytology Programs
                  • Hands-on experience in labs is recommend

                  Earnings

                  • $40k – $70k

                   

                  Arborist: The Tree Experts

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                  What They Do

                  • Plant and care for trees and shrubs
                  • Maintain and protect trees on constructions sites
                  • Preserve existing trees and plant new ones
                  • Treat diseased trees with sprays and injections

                  Work-Related Skills

                  • Passionate about trees
                  • Physical strength and stamina
                  • Comfortable with heights
                  • Hard-working and willing to work as a part of a team

                  Education

                  • Courses in horticulture and botany
                  • Diploma and Bachelor’s degree is preferred

                  Earnings

                  • $25k - $62k annually

                   

                   


                   

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                  For more information on this career choice and further resources, visit Career Centre located at DV 3094 or contact 905-828-5451 to book an appointment.