Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dream Jobs

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dream Jobs by Brian O'Connell was published in 2005 and has some thought provoking ideas about possible careers.  Brian organizes the book into categories of jobs:
- An introduction
- Glamour Jobs - Floodlights, Fame and Fortune
- Physical Jobs - Jobs related to the Outdoors, Animals, and Sports
- The American Dream - Being your own Boss - Entrepreneurs and Home based jobs
- Mind, Body, and Soul jobs
- Finding coolness in work - Brian wraps it up with some observations about job trends, offbeat careers, and more.

There are literally hundreds of jobs covered in this book.  The author gives a good overview of each with pertinent information like salary expectations, perks, and resources.  Some of the jobs aren't particularly applicable to what most people would be interested in (elephant trainer?)  while others people will certainly find a good read (traffic reporter).

You might be able to buy this book used online - I'm not sure that there are new copies available for purchase anymore.  Check you local library if you are interested (that's where I got the copy I read).  This book is just over 300 pages long and I'd say its a medium read and I'd rate it at 3.5 out of 5.

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