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Training & Certification

Whether you're a plumber or an accountant, many jobs require specialized skills and training. We'll identify and examine all the training and skill sets necessary for each job, as well as the costs and amount of time associated with each of them.

Training & Certification Advice

  • Dream Job: Lifeguard

    Seasonal lifeguards make anywhere from $16 to $20 an hour. Full-time lifeguards, known as permanents, make up to $27 an hour. A permanent oversees a couple of miles of beach, and other lifeguards assigned there. A captain oversees a group … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Hypnotist

    A hypnosis session typically costs $100, higher than psychotherapy from a licensed social worker but lower than a session with a psychiatrist or psychologist. Qualified hypnotherapists earn between $50 and $150 an hour, and can supplement … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Hairstylist

    Different states have different rules governing hairdressers – some just require a one-time test to keep the license current, while others require constant renewals and health tests associated with working with the public. Massachusetts … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Funeral Director

    How does someone get a start in funeral service? A little initiative paid off for the young Skinner. "When I was 16, I saw our family funeral director in the grocery store, and I said 'hey, do you need some help?'" Skinner's first career … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Diplomat

    Foreign service officers are America's diplomacy corps. They typically are generalists who perform a multitude of duties across the globe - issuing visas, protecting U.S. citizens overseas, accompanying foreign officials, reporting on … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Commercial Pilot

    It takes serious talent and dedication to make it all the way to retirement as a pilot, not to mention outstanding physical health. Physicals are required at least once a year, depending on position, plane type, and the type of flight … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Brain Surgeon

    Becoming a good neurosurgeon isn't about being the smartest guy in the room, which is well nigh impossible anyway when all your peers are mental giants. "It's not just about scholarship. People don't realize the strenuous physical demands … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Art Dealer

    As long as he can remember, David wanted to work with paintings and drawings. He earned a Ph.D. in art history, but notes that degrees count for little. "The keys to art dealing are quality, rarity, and value. You can only recognize those … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Architect

    Good architects have an eye for envisioning how a new structure will blend with the existing environment-in effect, for seeing what isn't there. When he begins a new project, Alan usually visits the building site to understand the setting … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Firefighter

    On a 100-degree summer day with 80 percent humidity, painters set to work removing old layers of paint from a big old house on the water in Darien, Conn., as part of a renovation. The job was made more difficult because of several layers of … Read more...