Question of the Day: What is the #1 career that high schoolers are most interested in pursuing?

Jan 22, 2019
Question of the Day, Career, Employment

Answer: Registered nurse

Here's the top 10 list: 


  • What is your desired career at this point? Why does that interest you? 
  • What education/training do you need for this career? 
  • Have you ever had a conversation with someone who does this job? What did you learn OR what would you ask them?

Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.

Behind the numbers (from Exploring survey): 

The survey, which was fielded in 2016 to more than 150,000 students from 8th to 12th grade, gauged interest in more than 200 career options and resulted in a top 10 list that ranged from in-demand medical positions like nurses and physicians to more aspirational positions like professional athletes, singers, and actors. The survey also revealed that childhood ambitions evolve with maturity. Middle school respondents were twice as likely as their twelfth grade counterparts to select careers in athletics and the arts, while interest in health and business careers increased as respondents entered high school.


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About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.