Careers for Culture Lovers

Working in a field that allows you to satisfy your craving for culture is not as difficult as you might think. Careers in history, the arts, and even aviation can allow you to stay exposed to culture your entire life.

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Career Options for Culture Lovers

If you love culture, you're not alone. Many people enjoy the variety that a mixture of cultures brings, such as through music and food. Look below for some viable career options for people who love culture.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Chef $43,180 (for all chefs and head cooks) 9% (for all chefs and head cooks)
Flight Attendant $48,500 2%
Art Curator $53,360 (for all curators) 8% (for all curators)
Conductor $50,110 (for all music directors and composers) 3% (for all music directors and composers)
Choreographer $48,240 6%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Chef

Chefs can be employed in several different capacities, from an executive chef at a restaurant to a private chef. No matter where they work, chefs are involved with a variety of food and flavors. They coordinate the production of dishes for their clients, which can vary from local cuisine to the flavors of far-off lands. Chefs usually have a passion for tasting new foods to get better at their craft, so they are often exposed to different cultures. Aspiring chefs can get work experience and training in professional kitchens to prepare for this career. However, chefs can also receive training in formal settings, such as at culinary or technical schools, which require a high school diploma for admission.

Flight Attendant

Flight attendants are hired by airlines to serve the passengers on board their airplanes. These attendants teach passengers about safety procedures, pass out drinks and meals, and handle passenger needs during flights. Whether they work on domestic or international flights, flight attendants meet people from all over the world on a daily basis. This exposes them to a variety of different cultures. Flight attendants are usually hired with just a high school diploma, though they need to pass their airline's training program and earn certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Many airlines like to hire flight attendants with some college experience.

Art Curator

Art curators manage the art collections of galleries or museums. They may also work in universities. They often host events or activities in the gallery or museum where they work. Art curators deal with all kinds of art, exposing them to culture on many levels. They also sometimes travel to obtain art, further adding to their cultural awareness. A master's degree in art history or a related field is usually required for these positions, and the completion of an internship can improve an applicant's job prospects. Smaller museums and galleries may hire applicants with a bachelor's degree, especially if they have had courses in fundraising or administration.

Conductor

Conductors, sometimes called music directors, lead groups of musicians during playing sessions, whether performing live or in the recording studio. Conductors often work with orchestras to select and arrange musical performances, as well as hold auditions, choose players, direct rehearsals and final performances, and select soloists. Conductors are exposed to many different types of music and meet many different players, exposing them to culture on a regular basis. They usually need a master's degree in conducting or a related field, especially if they want to work with an orchestra.

Choreographer

Choreographers work with dancers to compose dance routines for performances. Each performance depicts a story or idea, using dance and costumes to explain what the choreographer is trying to say. Choreographers have many tasks to perform when assembling dance routines, including selecting music, auditioning dancers, and so on. Working with many different styles of dance and types of music, not to mention meeting many different dancers and others in the dance industry over the years, exposes them to much culture. Choreographers are not required to get a formal degree, but some choose to get bachelor's or master's degrees. If a choreographer wants to teach dance at an accredited institution, they will more than likely need to have one of these degrees.

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