Best Careers for Natural Leaders

Stan T.

Are you someone who likes leading a team and making decisions? You like work that involves starting up and carrying out projects.

You are someone who prefers taking action rather than sitting around and thinking about things.

You are adventurous and ambitious.

You like managing people and projects
You like using your social skills to reach your goals
You are someone who takes action
You dislike analytical work

If the above description fits your personality, here are some of the best careers that suit your Leader personality type.


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  1. Chief Executives
  2. What they do

    They determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

    • Direct or coordinate an organization's financial or budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments, or increase efficiency.
    • Appoint department heads or managers and assign or delegate responsibilities to them.
    • Analyze operations to evaluate performance of a company or its staff in meeting objectives or to determine areas of potential cost reduction, program improvement, or policy change.
    • Direct, plan, or implement policies, objectives, or activities of organizations or businesses to ensure continuing operations, to maximize returns on investments, or to increase productivity.

    How much they make

    $200140

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  3. Marketing Managers
  4. What they do

    They plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers. Develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm's profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm's customers are satisfied. Oversee product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.

    • Identify, develop, or evaluate marketing strategy, based on knowledge of establishment objectives, market characteristics, and cost and markup factors.
    • Formulate, direct, or coordinate marketing activities or policies to promote products or services, working with advertising or promotion managers.
    • Evaluate the financial aspects of product development, such as budgets, expenditures, research and development appropriations, or return-on-investment and profit-loss projections.
    • Develop pricing strategies, balancing firm objectives and customer satisfaction.

    How much they make

    $147240

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  5. Lawyers
  6. What they do

    They represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

    • Analyze the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
    • Advise clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits, or legal rights and obligations.
    • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges, and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
    • Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.

    How much they make

    $144230

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  7. Training Managers
  8. What they do

    They plan, direct, or coordinate the training and development activities and staff of an organization.

    • Analyze training needs to develop new training programs or modify and improve existing programs.
    • Evaluate instructor performance and the effectiveness of training programs, providing recommendations for improvement.
    • Plan, develop, and provide training and staff development programs, using knowledge of the effectiveness of methods such as classroom training, demonstrations, on-the-job training, meetings, conferences, and workshops.
    • Prepare training budget for department or organization.

    How much they make

    $121730

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  9. Judges and Magistrates
  10. What they do

    They arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.

    • Rule on custody and access disputes, and enforce court orders regarding custody and support of children.
    • Read documents on pleadings and motions to ascertain facts and issues.
    • Sentence defendants in criminal cases, on conviction by jury, according to applicable government statutes.
    • Grant divorces and divide assets between spouses.

    How much they make

    $121130

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  11. Investment Fund Managers
  12. What they do

    They plan, direct, or coordinate investment strategy or operations for a large pool of liquid assets supplied by institutional investors or individual investors.

    • Manage investment funds to maximize return on client investments.
    • Select specific investments or investment mixes for purchase by an investment fund.
    • Monitor financial or operational performance of individual investments to ensure portfolios meet risk goals.
    • Select or direct the execution of trades.

    How much they make

    $115590

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  13. Medical and Health Services Managers
  14. What they do

    They plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.

    • Develop and maintain computerized record management systems to store and process data, such as personnel activities and information, and to produce reports.
    • Direct, supervise and evaluate work activities of medical, nursing, technical, clerical, service, maintenance, and other personnel.
    • Direct or conduct recruitment, hiring, and training of personnel.
    • Develop and implement organizational policies and procedures for the facility or medical unit.

    How much they make

    $113730

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  15. Industrial Production Managers
  16. What they do

    They plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.

    • Review processing schedules or production orders to make decisions concerning inventory requirements, staffing requirements, work procedures, or duty assignments, considering budgetary limitations and time constraints.
    • Direct or coordinate production, processing, distribution, or marketing activities of industrial organizations.
    • Develop or implement production tracking or quality control systems, analyzing production, quality control, maintenance, or other operational reports to detect production problems.
    • Review operations and confer with technical or administrative staff to resolve production or processing problems.

    How much they make

    $113370

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  17. Construction Managers
  18. What they do

    They plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.

    • Confer with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, or design professionals to discuss and resolve matters such as work procedures, complaints, or construction problems.
    • Plan, schedule, or coordinate construction project activities to meet deadlines.
    • Direct and supervise construction or related workers.
    • Prepare and submit budget estimates, progress reports, or cost tracking reports.

    How much they make

    $103110

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  19. Logistics Managers
  20. What they do

    They plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.

    • Collaborate with other departments to integrate logistics with business systems or processes, such as customer sales, order management, accounting, or shipping.
    • Supervise the work of logistics specialists, planners, or schedulers.
    • Create policies or procedures for logistics activities.
    • Direct distribution center operation to ensure achievement of cost, productivity, accuracy, or timeliness objectives.

    How much they make

    $102850

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  21. IT Project Managers
  22. What they do

    They plan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.

    • Manage project execution to ensure adherence to budget, schedule, and scope.
    • Confer with project personnel to identify and resolve problems.
    • Monitor or track project milestones and deliverables.
    • Submit project deliverables, ensuring adherence to quality standards.

    How much they make

    $93350

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  23. Producers
  24. What they do

    They plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.

    • Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
    • Hire directors, principal cast members, and key production staff members.
    • Arrange financing for productions.
    • Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.

    How much they make

    $89840

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  25. TV Directors
  26. What they do

    They interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.

    • Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
    • Communicate to actors the approach, characterization, and movement needed for each scene in such a way that rehearsals and takes are minimized.
    • Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
    • Confer with stage managers to arrange schedules for rehearsals, costume fittings, and sound or light development.

    How much they make

    $89840

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  27. Program Directors
  28. What they do

    They direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.

    • Plan and schedule programming and event coverage, based on broadcast length, time availability, and other factors, such as community needs, ratings data, and viewer demographics.
    • Coordinate activities between departments, such as news and programming.
    • Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in broadcast news, sports, or programming.
    • Monitor and review programming to ensure that schedules are met, guidelines are adhered to, and performances are of adequate quality.

    How much they make

    $89840

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  29. Fitness Coordinators
  30. What they do

    They manage or coordinate fitness and wellness programs and services. Manage and train staff of wellness specialists, health educators, or fitness instructors.

    • Manage or oversee fitness or recreation facilities, ensuring safe and clean facilities and equipment.
    • Provide individual support or counseling in general wellness or nutrition.
    • Supervise fitness or wellness specialists, such as fitness instructors, nutritionists, or health educators.
    • Conduct needs assessments or surveys to determine interest in, or satisfaction with, wellness and fitness programs, events, or services.

    How much they make

    $89570

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  31. Emergency Management Directors
  32. What they do

    They plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.

    • Keep informed of activities or changes that could affect the likelihood of an emergency, as well as those that could affect response efforts and details of plan implementation.
    • Prepare emergency situation status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments.
    • Prepare plans that outline operating procedures to be used in response to disasters or emergencies, such as hurricanes, nuclear accidents, and terrorist attacks, and in recovery from these events.
    • Coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities, such as ordering evacuations, opening public shelters, and implementing special needs plans and programs.

    How much they make

    $82570

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  33. Ship Pilots
  34. What they do

    They command ships to steer them into and out of harbors, estuaries, straits, or sounds, or on rivers, lakes, or bays. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard with limitations indicating class and tonnage of vessels for which license is valid and route and waters that may be piloted.

    • Direct courses and speeds of ships, based on specialized knowledge of local winds, weather, water depths, tides, currents, and hazards.
    • Steer ships into or out of berths, or signal tugboat captains to berth or unberth ships.
    • Set ships' courses to avoid reefs, outlying shoals, or other hazards, using navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.
    • Prevent ships under navigational control from engaging in unsafe operations.

    How much they make

    $82380

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  35. Nursery and Greenhouse Managers
  36. What they do

    They plan, organize, direct, control, and coordinate activities of workers engaged in propagating, cultivating, and harvesting horticultural specialties, such as trees, shrubs, flowers, mushrooms, and other plants.

    • Manage nurseries that grow horticultural plants for sale to trade or retail customers, for display or exhibition, or for research.
    • Identify plants as well as problems such as diseases, weeds, and insect pests.
    • Tour work areas to observe work being done, to inspect crops, and to evaluate plant and soil conditions.
    • Assign work schedules and duties to nursery or greenhouse staff, and supervise their work.

    How much they make

    $79940

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  37. Aquacultural Managers
  38. What they do

    They direct and coordinate, through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities of workers engaged in fish hatchery production for corporations, cooperatives, or other owners.

    • Grow fish and shellfish as cash crops or for release into freshwater or saltwater.
    • Monitor environments to ensure maintenance of optimum conditions for aquatic life.
    • Supervise and train aquaculture and fish hatchery support workers.
    • Determine, administer, and execute policies relating to operations administration and standards, and facility maintenance.

    How much they make

    $79940

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  39. Clinical Nurse Specialists
  40. What they do

    They plan, direct, or coordinate the daily patient care activities in a clinical practice. Ensure adherence to established clinical policies, protocols, regulations, and standards.

    • Collaborate with other health care professionals and service providers to ensure optimal patient care.
    • Provide consultation to other health care providers in areas such as patient discharge, patient care, or clinical procedures.
    • Develop or assist others in development of care and treatment plans.
    • Develop and maintain departmental policies, procedures, objectives, or patient care standards, based on evidence-based practice guidelines or expert opinion.

    How much they make

    $75510

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  41. Social and Community Service Managers
  42. What they do

    They plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

    • Establish and oversee administrative procedures to meet objectives set by boards of directors or senior management.
    • Direct activities of professional and technical staff members and volunteers.
    • Evaluate the work of staff and volunteers to ensure that programs are of appropriate quality and that resources are used effectively.
    • Participate in the determination of organizational policies regarding such issues as participant eligibility, program requirements, and program benefits.

    How much they make

    $71670

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  43. Lodging Managers
  44. What they do

    They plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that provides lodging and other accommodations.

    • Answer inquiries pertaining to hotel policies and services, and resolve occupants' complaints.
    • Participate in financial activities, such as the setting of room rates, the establishment of budgets, and the allocation of funds to departments.
    • Confer and cooperate with other managers to ensure coordination of hotel activities.
    • Greet and register guests.

    How much they make

    $62270

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  45. Real Estate Sales Agents
  46. What they do

    They rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties, such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts. Includes agents who represent buyer.

    • Prepare documents such as representation contracts, purchase agreements, closing statements, deeds, and leases.
    • Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.
    • Act as an intermediary in negotiations between buyers and sellers, generally representing one or the other.
    • Generate lists of properties that are compatible with buyers' needs and financial resources.

    How much they make

    $61720

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  47. Food Service Managers
  48. What they do

    They plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.

    • Monitor employee and patron activities to ensure liquor regulations are obeyed.
    • Keep records required by government agencies regarding sanitation or food subsidies.
    • Investigate and resolve complaints regarding food quality, service, or accommodations.
    • Maintain food and equipment inventories, and keep inventory records.

    How much they make

    $58960

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  49. Meeting, Convention and Event Planners
  50. What they do

    They coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions.

    • Consult with customers to determine objectives and requirements for events, such as meetings, conferences, and conventions.
    • Review event bills for accuracy and approve payment.
    • Coordinate services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and event security.
    • Arrange the availability of audio-visual equipment, transportation, displays, and other event needs.

    How much they make

    $53730

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  51. Chefs and Head Cooks
  52. What they do

    They direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

    • Monitor sanitation practices to ensure that employees follow standards and regulations.
    • Check the quality of raw or cooked food products to ensure that standards are met.
    • Estimate amounts and costs of required supplies, such as food and ingredients.
    • Instruct cooks or other workers in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, or presentation of food.

    How much they make

    $52160

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