Sarah Sipek | October 11, 2017
Your iPhone calendar is always up-to-date. You create elaborate excel spreadsheets to plan family vacations. You own a label maker—and you labeled it.
Type A? We prefer to call it organized.
While your organizational skills keep your life running smoothly, they can also help you achieve career success. You just have to open your mind to new organizational possibilities.
You can organize information, whether it’s numbers or details. You can organize people by bringing them together for an event or overseeing a team. Maybe you prefer to organize businesses, keeping track of important documents and dates. Or perhaps you just like organizing stuff: homes, stores or closets.
Intrigued by the possibility? Check out these careers for individuals who love to organize*:
1. Construction superintendent
What you organize: Materials and people. Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget and supervise construction projects from start to finish. Many construction managers have a main office but spend most of their time working out of a field office at a construction site, where they monitor the project and make daily decisions about construction activities. The need to meet deadlines and respond to emergencies often requires construction managers to work many hours.
Median annual pay: $89,300
2. Event planner
What you organize: Events. You make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time and keep track of details such as cost, guest lists, accommodations, schedules, etc.
Median annual pay: $47,300
3. IT project manager
What you organize: Technology. Information technology project managers plan, initiate and manage all computer-related activities in an organization. If there’s an issue with the network—or your company is implementing a new applicant tracking system—you’ll be in charge of organizing and implementing the necessary changes.
Median annual pay: $136,000
4. Museum archivist
What you organize: Artifacts. Archivists appraise, process, catalog and preserve permanent records and historically valuable documents. Your records will need to be accurate and well-organized to ensure items of historical value are correctly preserved.
Median annual pay: $47,000
5. Real estate agent
What you organize: Details. Not only do you have to organize your day, such as showing times and locations, you must also keep track of all of your customers’ contact information, listing details and contract deadlines.
Median annual pay: $46,400
6. Secondary education administrator
What you organize: Students and educational activities. Secondary education administrators plan, direct or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.
Median annual pay: $88,500
*Pay and descriptions according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.
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