Dream Jobs Are Popping Up All Over

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Heather’s dream is to share with the world her success at becoming healthy after age 40. Heather lost over 88 pounds through changing her diet and incorporating exercise into her busy life. She would like to take what she has learned about becoming fit after 40, and using her Metabolic Training Certification to help others struggling with weight issues mid-life. Heather’s post day is Monday.
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While the entrepreneurial path includes searching for that dream job this week, I got a boost from my mailbox. There’s nothing like he cover of my brand new WIRED magazine being perfectly timed wake up call. The cover “The Smartest Jobs In America” popped out as soon as I grabbed it.

They must be reading my mind.

The “Smart Jobs” report, a 6 month collaboration between WIRED and NPR’s Planet Money, offered a few stats that jumped out of me.

  • American unemployment in 2006: 7 million
  • American unemployment today: 13.5 million

The slow rebuild of the economy it notes an interesting new category of middle-class jobs. What makes this change so different from the tech boom is the geography has shifted.

These new middle-class jobs are what you might call smart jobs. They’re innovative and high tech, but most of them are located far from Silicon Valley or New York.

I am still lucky that the San Francisco Bay Area is still a hot spot. The high tech job growth for dream jobs is popping up all over the Midwest and East Coast.

What makes these jobs so different?

Smart jobs tend to scramble the line between blue-collar and white-collar. Their titles tend toward white-collar… but the underlying industries often tend toward the blue, toward the making of physical stuff.

Good news for my skill set. The stats on the percentage of job growth over the last four years. Internet and Online Publishing are over 29% growth. The largest job growth sector? That would be “Renewables and The Environment” at 56.8%. Makes we want to go green in looking for my dream job.

For those of us who are updating our resumes this is a welcome bit of news. The titles may be new, but that tech dream job is out there.

Do you have your dream job, or did you have it in the past? What made is YOUR dream job? Share in the comments…


Heather’s dream is to have multiple streams of income, starting with launching an e-commerce website that showcases her couture jewelry, which are crafted by her. You can find Heather online at For Your Adornment and Twitter And Beyond Dot Com. She also teaches Social Media tactics for business, besides being CEO of her own web design company. Heather’s post day is Friday.

  • Anonymous

    Josh Blaylock, founder and president of comics publisher Devil’s Due Publishing, loved comics as a kid — and had chosen his career around the same time his classmates were getting their drivers licenses. “(Going through) high school and art school was just waiting to get out into the real world,” he said.

  • I have some ideas which I will share at the meeting. I think you could do whatever you want — you just have to figure out what that is. Actually you have many options. Happy Birthday Miss H.


  • Jayne Speich, Financial Assistance

    Heather, what a timely post! I was obsessing over these same figures this week. It must be in the air. I’m not looking for a job, myself, but I am looking for ways to help my clients create jobs. Thanks for posting about this.

  • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

    my dream job is to find out how to save small business in America! Oh, and take photos of myself doing that…:) Good luck in the hunt. If you do decide to go green – there are tons of programs, certifications and grants out there from the government…working with contractors over the years they are finding out ways to use green materials and become official licensed green contractors. Only a matter of time before they figure out how to do that in every industry! xo REm