Fast-Paced Jobs

Some people may desire a career that keeps them busy and engaged by working in a fast-paced environment. Learn about a handful of the available fast-paced careers, as well as their education requirements.

Career Options That Are Fast-Paced

There are many jobs available that require quick and decisive actions, have a variety of job duties and/or change from one activity to another rapidly. These fast-paced careers are available in numerous job fields, from healthcare to entertainment. We have compiled a table below with several fast-paced jobs in different areas.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Preschool Teachers $28,790 7%
Chefs and Head Cooks $43,180 9%
Registered Nurses $68,450 16%
Reporters and Correspondents $37,820 -8% (decline)
Umpires, Referees and Other Sports Officials $25,660 5%
Police, Fire and Ambulance Dispatchers $38,870 -3% (decline)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for Fast-Paced Jobs

Preschool Teachers

Most jobs dealing with young children, including preschool teaching, will be fast-paced, since children generally like to be moving and have short attention spans. Preschool teachers work with children younger than 5 to begin teaching them basic skills, like colors and shapes, and introduce them to subjects like reading and writing. They plan and supervise activities that allow children to explore new things, implement predictable schedules and monitor students' progress. Education varies based on the state of employment, so some preschool teachers may need a college degree, while others will only need a high school diploma and certification.

Chefs and Head Cooks

The kitchen of an eating establishment is generally a fast-paced environment as different people work together to deliver food to customers, and chefs and head cooks must oversee and manage these efforts. Chefs and head cooks are responsible for creating recipes, planning menus, maintaining inventory and making sure all kitchen equipment is working properly. They also ensure that safety and sanitation practices are followed in the kitchen as they supervise the work of food preparers and cooks. These professionals may enter the field with a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training, or they may study through apprenticeships or programs at culinary and technical schools.

Registered Nurses

Healthcare is a fast-paced field with professionals like registered nurses (RNs) trained to quickly handle emergencies and provide treatment to patients. Depending on the day, RNs may help handle some of these emergency cases, and/or provide basic patient care to numerous patients. They are responsible for answering patients' questions, recording medical histories, dispensing medications, monitoring medical equipment and performing diagnostic tests that a doctor may prescribe. RNs can practice with a diploma, 2-year degree or 4-year degree, but they must be licensed in all cases.

Reporters and Correspondents

Reporters and correspondents may be required to move quickly to cover and report on various news events as they occur, and they also work on a deadline. They may work for radio stations, newspapers, television productions, magazines and more, and their duties include writing articles or scripts about current events happening at the local, national or international levels. They gather information through research and interviews, and they may need to update stories when new information is available. These professionals typically need a bachelor's degree and experience in the field.

Umpires, Referees and Other Sports Officials

Umpires, referees and other sports officials also work in fast-paced, competitive environments, and they may need to physically move quickly as they oversee sporting events. Their primary responsibility is to enforce the rules and regulations of the game being played, as well as determining any penalties for breaking these rules. Depending on the sport, they may also need to track time, inspect equipment and determine winners. All of these officials must have extensive knowledge of the sport or activity they officiate, but education requirements vary greatly among states and sports associations.

Police, Fire and Ambulance Dispatchers

Police, fire and ambulance dispatchers answer 911 calls and must work very quickly to address emergency situations and send the right response team. Although they also respond to non-emergency calls, these workers must be ready to quickly provide information about the situation, such as location and what happened, to the first responders. These dispatchers instruct the callers on what to do next, track the location of the response team and maintain detailed records of each call. Police, fire and ambulance dispatchers typically need a high school diploma, and they must pass various tests and extensive training to receive certification.


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