Careers for People Who Crave Attention


Thrive in the spotlight? Check out these careers where you could make use of your extroverted qualities.

By Lisa Manterfield    

Do you love being in the spotlight?

Want a career that puts you front and center?

Good news: You don't have to head to Hollywood to find a career that commands attention.

Keep reading for some career options that could have you basking in the glow of the limelight.

Career #1 - Public Relations Specialist

Are you good at building relationships and reaching out to others? As a PR specialist, it would likely be your job to present information about your company to the media - and public - says the U.S. Department of Labor.

Communication is generally a key component for a public relations specialist. Whether it's creating press releases, speaking to media contacts, or representing the client in a public forum, it is all about keeping your clients - and often your company - in the positive spotlight, according to the Department of Labor.

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Education options: The options are aplenty for aspiring PR specialists. According to the Department, your options include a bachelor's degree in public relations, journalism, marketing, or communications.

Career #2 - Teacher

Does inspiring - and keeping - the attention of a roomful of students at the head of the classroom sound like your type of limelight? You might want to consider a career in teaching.

As a teacher, you would likely spend your time communicating with your students and maintaining discipline, says the U.S. Department of Labor. You also will need to feel comfortable conversing with parents about their child's progress.

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Education options: According to the Department of Labor, a bachelor's degree in education is usually recommended if you want to teach K-12 classes. To teach in a public school, you'll also need to get your teaching license.

Career #3 - Police Officer

If you're drawn to a career in public service, you should consider an attention-getting career as a police officer.

Flashing lights and a siren generally command attention, but you could also be called to testify in court - no place to get stage fright. In addition, police officers also respond to calls, resolve problems in the community, and work with the public under stressful conditions, says the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Education options: A high school diploma could get you in the door of a police station, but many departments might prefer candidates with a college education, according to the Department. So consider a bachelor's degree in law enforcement or criminal justice, especially if you plan to apply to a federal agency.

Career #4 - Reporter or News Analyst

Reporters always need to be on the lookout for the next big story, so this career could be a good fit for people who crave attention, as it would require you to grab the attention of your sources - and your target audience. And if you really crave a career in the limelight and feel at ease in front of a camera or microphone, perhaps you could thrive as a TV or radio news correspondent, reporting "live" from the scene of a news event, says the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Education options: To prepare for this career, you usually need a bachelor's degree in journalism or mass communications. Some publications and stations may also consider candidates with a bachelor's degree in a specialty subject, such as economics, political science, or business, says the Department of Labor.

Career #5 - Fashion Designer

Got an eye for spotting new trends? Consider pursuing a career as a fashion designer, where you could research trends, develop styles, and search for the perfect fabrics and manufacturers to produce your designs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Once you've completed your designs, your creations - and you - will need to make a splash in the public.

For many designers, this could mean taking their work to shows in order to present them to clients, the media, and other industry professionals, says the Department of Labor.

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Education options: Most employers generally look for designers with at least an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree in fashion design, according to the Department. Some designers may combine their fashion design degree with a business, marketing, or fashion merchandising degree, especially if they hope to start their own business or retail store.

Career #6 - Advertising Sales Agent

Do you have the "gift of the gab"? If you consider yourself to be a good communicator and don't mind meeting new people, a position in advertising sales could be beneficial for you.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, this career generally involves building relationships with business owners, marketing managers, and corporate communications personnel. Since you want to encourage clients to buy advertising space in newspapers, radio, television, and other media outlets, you may need to develop sales tools and promotional plans for meetings with prospective customers.

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Education options: Employers might prefer hiring sales agents with college degrees. According to the Department of Labor, courses in business, marketing, or communications could provide relevant knowledge to prepare for this career.

Career #7 - Human Resources Training and Development Specialist

Another career that could garner you the attention you want: human resources (HR). HR professionals might be front and center at the office, motivating employees, maintaining good relationships between employees and employers, and conducting workshops and classes. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, you could also be the first friendly face to new hires when leading employee orientation sessions.

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Education options: To prepare for this career, the typical education path is a bachelor's degree in human resources, human resources administration, or industrial and labor relations, according to the Department of Labor. A master's degree in human resources is usually recommended for management positions.

*All career and education information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor using May 2010 data.

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