An article by contributor Dixie Somers.
If you’re a logical thinker, chances are that you do best in situations where problem-solving skills and analysis are needed. Even those of you who view yourselves as creative people might find yourselves preferring slightly more logic-based methodologies. There are a lot of careers out there geared toward logical thinkers, and some of them are not as mundane as you might think.
Working as a lawyer means that you have to know the ins and outs of the legal code, but it also means you have to know about how humans tend to operate. You must be able to stand up in court and successfully present a client’s case in a creative and engaging way, and you certainly have to possess a knack for working with all types of clients. Many clients might not be logical thinkers who understand the complex legal code, which is why they require your assistance. Oh, let’s not forget that a lawyer’s median income in the U.S. is a comfortable $115,820. To get a career in this field, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree at a college like UC Clermont College, and then move up to law school.
Interested in what makes us “tick” but not in counseling people? Neuropsychology might be the field for you. Not only do neuropsychologists make an average annual salary of about $90,460, they also get to pioneer a lot of developments in science and psychology that benefit clinical psychologists and counselors. Also, it’s just kind of cool that neuropsychology can be linked back to an Egyptian priest named Imhotep who lived around 3500 B.C.
3. Computer Programmer
While many careers (including the others mentioned in this article) require at least a four-year Bachelor’s degree, if not a Ph.D., computer programming careers sometimes require only Associate’s degrees, which take roughly two years to obtain. With computer programming, you can go either the systems programming route or the applications programmer route. The median income for a computer programmer working in the U.S. is about $77,550, which is more than enough to get two years’ worth of student loans paid off in a short period of time.
Accounting doesn’t seem like it would be engaging, but it can actually be a fun and financially rewarding career! Accountants are required for clients from all walks of life, ranging from large corporations to the individual blue-collar worker. While the office might seem like a dull place to work in outside of tax season, accountants are branching out and taking some creative leaps. Those who are musically inclined can work as accountants or financial advisors for local bands and solo artists. It’s all about finding your niche and having fun crunching numbers.
Criminologists don’t have the glamorous careers depicted in TV shows, but they get to actively engage their logical and creative skills. Understanding and explaining criminal behavior involves a deep passion for human psychology and sociology, which are both innately creative and logical schools of thought. If you are passionate about the law but can’t see yourself working as a lawyer, a career in criminology might be just the thing for you.
There are many careers out there that cater to the logical thinkers. Even the most seemingly banal careers can be enjoyable when you find your niche. If you are considering a career that requires a college degree, put some feelers out there by speaking to professionals in the field you’re considering and see what might be right for you.
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband. You can follower her on Twitter @DixieSomers.