Choosing a Career Path: 10 Highly Lucrative Skills (Jobs) for Youths

Choosing a Career Path: 10 Highly Lucrative Skills (Jobs) for Youths

Discover your path to choosing your career out of the 10 highly lucrative skills in the 21st century. The world as you all know has transformed from manual modes of operation to more technological approaches.

Presently, innovations have brought about the creation of sophisticated products that have taken the activities of humans to another level.

Jobs done from the 1880s – 1990s are different from what is dominating the market in the present stage which the world has reached.

Almost all the jobs have received a technological touch from innovations and inventions.

Therefore, there is a need for youths to grow with the changes the world experiences now.

One thing constant in this world is CHANGE and expect more of it in the years to come!

I took my time to compile this information for you to have opened your eyes to new discoveries in the world.

With this article, you would know what you can do RIGHT NOW to earn yourself financial stability and financial breakthrough

Below is the list of lucrative skills you can acquire as a youth to earn six (6) figures and more figures to live that beautiful dreams in reality (If you can dream it, You can live it!!!)

  1. Photography Skills
  2. Digital Marketing
  3. Ethical Hacking
  4. Artificial intelligence
  5. Copywriting
  6. Culinary Skills
  7. Human Resources
  8. Video production/Audio production
  9. Mobile application development
  10. Trade skills

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Photography Skills

You can earn thousands and millions of money focusing on and invest in Photography.

Although, it takes time of practice and samples before you can achieve almost perfection in this field but the stress and years of practice worth it.

Photographers (ref.) can participate in various fields since they deal with creating aesthetic images that speak details about a particular brand you worked for.

Also, you can involve yourself with the listed works below and more you can research on;

  • Setting up photographic equipment
  • Taking pictures
  • Editing and retouching images
  • Choosing and setting up locations
  • Reproducing and framing photographs
  • Promoting their business (especially if self-employed)

Some of the popular organizations in the world may find interest in your work and decide to employ you to work with them and examples of organizations that can hire you as a photographer are;

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Catalogues
  • Advertising agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Medical publishers

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Digital Marketing

Since the advent of technology and its innovations, the modus operandi has changed and this space has given digital marketer experts the to make more money beyond what you can ever compare with in the past.

Thus, digital marketing is the way people are connected with various kinds of products via the internet and the possibilities of influencing your potential customers.

The use of the internet to connect with people differs from digital marketing to marketing. Capeesh?

The tools needed for you to explore on the internet as digital marketers vary but the major tools are listed;

  • Your website
  • Branded assets
  • Written content
  • Online products or tools
  • Reviews
  • Social media pages
  • Video content
  • Images

Ethical Hacking

Ethical hackers are saddled with the function of scrutinizing weak spots of some files in an organization by protecting them from malicious hackers who have one aim of destroying files.

An ethical hacker acquires essential information and re-invest the information on strengthening the security of an organization every strong organization has a backup and ethical hackers.

Although this may get difficult when you move to a higher stage it’s very essential you know it worth it, and after a while, you start to make money for yourself or any brand you work for/with.

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Some of the skills an ethical hacker must possess are;

  • Knowledge of programming
  • Scripting knowledge
  • Networking skills
  • Understanding of databases
  • Knowledge of multiple platforms like Windows, Linux, UNIX, etc.

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Artificial intelligence

AI is a computer system able to perform tasks that ordinarily require human intelligence.

Many of these artificial intelligence systems are powered by three major categories which are;

  • Machine learning
  • Deep learning
  • Rules ( some artificial intelligence are powered by this category)

Some of the popular states in the world you can experience the true invention of artificial intelligence are in the United States;

  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Seattle
  • NYC

You must have pictures or videos on the robotics display and how they interact with humans and work… right?

That’s artificial intelligence and I promise you if you can invent those robots with the functions of serving their purpose, you are making yourself a fortune!

What do you have to do to become an inventor?

  • Get yourself a mentor
  • Attend tutorials
  • Register up for seminars
  • Read extensively on innovative programs
  • Follow up other inventors like Elon Musk, and other figures in artificial intelligence


This major skill is always connected to the act of promoting or selling a business, organization, brand, product, or service, which makes it, by definition, a form of marketing.

Copywriting is an umbrella taking in so many other professions with the single aim of reaching prospects depending on the kind of services intended to offer.

Trust me! You can make money with this skill and you will get to experience no limitations to earnings.

Some of the aspects where copywriters are needed;

  • Advertising
  • Websites
  • Emails
  • Blog posts
  • Landing pages
  • Brochures
  • Presentations
  • Video scripts

As a copywriter you can work as a;

  • Staff copywriter at an agency
  • Copywriter for an in-house marketing team
  • Freelance copywriter

Culinary Skills

In case you have heard of the “culinary”, it definitely deals with cooking. Cooking has gone beyond just getting to your kitchen, cook, eat, and sleep.

Cooks get paid heavily in this present world via different platforms (YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.)

You can also make good use of this opportunity to earn your cooking skills with little or no difficulties like financial barriers.

You can start with little and earn big after gaining a large audience through the social media platforms available for your profile.

Check out some culinary schools within your locations and learn some skills now! During the period of learning, you will be taught on the following courses;

  • Classic Culinary Foundation and Understanding
  • Time Management and Group Leadership
  • Math and Accounting
  • Nutritional Science
  • Communication

According to the statistics from the Median annual salary, an average chef earns about $45,950! Interesting? Now go get some skills

Human Resources

A human resource is one person within a company’s overall workforce, with each person lending their skills and talents to the organization to help it succeed.

(Ref.)Any person willing to trade their labor, knowledge, or time for compensation in an effort to improve the organization is a human resource.

As a human resources, you may be saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the following aspects of a company;

  • Compensation and benefits
  • Recruiting and hiring employees
  • Onboarding
  • Performance management
  • Training
  • Organization development and culture

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Video production/Audio production

Video production is basically the entire process of creating a video. Presently, some video producers earn $10,000 – $30,000 per job they get from individuals, organizations, and other important brands.

Imagine how much a video producer for Apple earns or brands like LG, BENZ, BMW, HYUNDAI, etc.

Do you intend on becoming one of the most sought after video producer for 2021 and years later?

Then you must have mastered and must be able to present quality results in the following aspects;

  • Scriptwriting
  • Producing
  • Sound
  • Post-production
  • Editing
  • Motion graphics
  • Directing
  • Camera operation
  • Lighting

* Audio production

Do you intend on becoming one of the most sought after audio producer for 2021 and years later? Then you must have mastered and must be able to present quality results in the following aspects;

  • Recording
  • Live sound
  • Sound design
  • Electronics
  • Recording techniques
  • Audio production in analog and digital formats
  • Audio delivery systems and distribution
  • Sound editing
  • Sound mixing
  • Music theory

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Mobile application development

This is the act or process by which a mobile app is developed for mobile devices, such as personal digital assistants, enterprise digital assistants, or mobile phones.

(Ref.)These applications can be pre-installed on phones during manufacturing platforms, or delivered as web applications using server-side or client-side processing (e.g., JavaScript) to provide an “application-like” experience within a Web browser.

Firstly, the world has transformed drastically beyond what you think it used to be and this doesn’t leave the impart it has on the development.

This profession is becoming lucrative every day as of 2019, with more than 3Billion smartphone users in the world and more than 1.5 billion with tablets.

You and I are part of the billion users giving some mobile application developers heavy income they make… if you really have an interest in this space, ensure you do the necessary things.

What you must do to become a good mobile application developer

  • Learn how to code everything
  • Use app builders
  • Use app builders and some coding (using BF SDK)

Organizations have an interest in the creation of personal applications for their program and trust me, they play a large amount of money to the developer.

Some of the categories of companies or brands that can sign you or apply for your services are;

  • Ecommerce
  • Restaurant
  • Entertainment
  • Real Estate
  • Small Business
  • Non profit

Trade skills

And lastly on this list is trade skills… I know you must have wondered or wondered if trading skills can earn you money, but this is the reality.

You can earn six figures with this skill and that’s if you are really ready to get into this business.

Look around your location and see testimonies from successful traders! Follow up

Below you will find some examples of high-paying trade skills/jobs you can invest your energy in as a youth;

  • Plumber
  • Electrician
  • Mechanic
  • HVAC technician
  • Home inspector
  • Dental hygienist
  • Fashion designing
  • Hairstylist
  • General repairers

Check out the list of earnings by an average individual with trade skills (according to Median annual salary statistics in May 2017);

  • Hairstylists: $24,900
  • Veterinary Technicians: $33,400
  • Medical Transcriptionist: $35,250
  • Automotive Mechanic: $39,550
  • Massage Therapist: $39,990
  • Carpenters: $45,170
  • Plumbers: $52,590
  • Electricians: $54,110

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WARNING: If YOU will ever going to be a great person in life, after you discover your vision while reading this post or after reading, never listen to naysayers. Do you and make you happy!

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