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At a Glance: Career Paths for Teens Who Don’t Want to Sit at a Desk

By Kate Kelly

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Some teens who are hyperactive or have attention issues might not want to pursue a career that puts them behind a desk all day. But they’re not the only ones. Many young adults would be better suited to a job that involves more activity, variety or energy. Here are a few such paths to consider.

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At a Glance: Career Paths for Teens Who Don’t Want to Sit at a Desk

Some teens who have attention issues or a desire to be active might not enjoy a job that requires a lot of desk work. For them, these careers may be a much better fit!

Highly Interactive Professions
Health-Care Provider
Health-care jobs are all about one-on-one interaction. And while providers have protocols to follow, they still approach each patient individually.

Hospitality Worker
Hotels tend to be positive environments. Whether working behind the scenes or directly with guests, employees are generally part of a team.

Retail Worker
Helping to satisfy customer needs can be rewarding to teens with strong people skills. Plus, working a busy floor involves a lot of movement.

Fast-Paced Professions
Typically in sales, the more you sell the more you earn. It may be a good fit for young adults who like to talk, have good people skills and enjoy working at a fast clip.

The commotion on the trading room floor and the need to quickly change gears can appeal to teens who like high-intensity environments.

Owning a business involves multitasking and taking risks. That can be a good match for teens who thrive on variety and excitement.

Task-Oriented Professions
Computer Technician
Moving from client to client solving tech problems means there’s always something new to do. But when it’s done, it’s done.

Culinary Artist
Food service jobs can be both task-oriented and creative. They often involve changes in settings, which adds variety.

Teens who like working with their hands and are good problem solvers can find fixing things highly

Action-Oriented Professions
Member of the Military
The work is intense and physically demanding. And it provides immediate feedback and clear directions—a plus for some teens.

Police Officer, Fire Fighter, EMT
These jobs offer built-in excitement. They can be a good choice for high-energy teens who thrive on unpredictability.

Construction Worker
Teens who love doing hands-on activities for fun may really enjoy building things for a living.
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Kate Kelly has been writing and editing for more than 20 years, with a focus on parenting.

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Jim Rein, M.A., has lectured on postsecondary options and summer programs for kids and young adults with learning and attention issues.

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