16 Careers for People Who Love Teaching (But Don't Want to Be School Teachers)

August 20, 2014 Renee Masur

graphic designer - Sokanu

Some people have the natural ability to communicate with others in a way that helps them understand a new subject or the way something works. For many people, this makes them natural teachers—but not always in the traditional sense.

Do you love teaching others, but don't feel like working in a classroom is right for you? According to Sokanu's science, these 16 careers have some of the highest rankings for careers that involve teaching. 

Sports Scout

Sports scouts are members of the professional and university-level sporting community that help teams and organizations find the best athletes in the world. A scout for the sporting community is an excellent judge of talent and is able to determine if an individual is worthy of either immediate access to a playing field, or of training and growing their talents in practice camps. While computer software is increasingly helpful in keeping track of a player's statistics, it is still the job of human scouts to assess the skills of players and make judgment calls as to whether or not they are a perfect fit for the team they work for.

Music Teacher

A music teacher gives lessons on how to play instruments, or gives singing or voice lessons. Some teachers work in schools from elementary to high school levels, and teach many students. Other teachers give lessons on an individual basis, and may work out of their homes or at a store. A music teacher is responsible for instructing students in the skills they need to become successful musicians in their own right. This includes the basics of teaching how to play an instrument, as well as fundamental musical concepts such as tempo, pitch, and rhythm.


A conductor is a vital part of any ensemble performing music, acting as the director to keep the performers unified and on cue. A conductor directs and shapes a musical performance by an ensemble, from its infancy in rehearsal to the eventual exhibition in front of an audience. As a musical director, they are often paired with a particular performing group throughout many performances, guiding the artists through rehearsals and giving vocal feedback to shape the outcome of the musical piece. Even before the final performance, a conductor must be able to direct musicians through rehearsal and give constructive criticism to ensure the best possible outcome. No matter the venue or title, to be a musical director is to be the leader of a group, applying personal understanding and expertise of musical composition as a whole to those who are familiar primarily with only specific elements of its performance.

Personal Trainer

A personal trainer is someone who helps people meet their fitness goals. Becoming a personal trainer requires a combination of physical strength and psychological awareness. After all, a trainer may play multiple roles with a client, alternating between coach, mentor, teacher, cheerleader, or even drill sergeant as the situation demands. Outgoing, positive people with an attention to detail and a capacity for improvisation will likely flourish in this career. On the other hand, the strongest person in the gym may not be a good fit for this career, if he or she isn't able to connect with and inspire clients.


Choreography is the art of creating new expressions of dance. Dance is an art which is used in many forms, and a choreographer is the brush to the canvas. Choreographers are the people who inspire with their movements and ideas, and their creative steps make masterpieces that can touch people. A career in choreography can be fun and fulfilling, and it gives the choreographer the artistic opportunity to express their personality through the creation of dance. Choreographers teach more than just dance steps, they also help actors and singers develop their characters, selecting rhythm and pacing to enhance their performances. Most celebrities have a choreographer to create their signature visual image. This makes them a huge influence on every aspect of the mainstream spotlight. Choreographers need to have a very keen sense of who they are as an artist, and also what their target audience needs to see.


Sociologists study society and social behaviour by examining the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions, and processes that people develop. Most sociologists work in research organizations, colleges and universities, regional and federal government, and consulting service firms. Many people with a sociology background become professors and teachers. Sociologists study human social lives, activities, interactions, processes, and organizations within the context of larger social, political, and economic forces. They examine how social influences affect different individuals and groups, and the ways organizations and institutions affect people's lives.


A community pharmacist has expert knowledge of medications and can advise members of the public in this matter and will also give advice on over-the-counter remedies that can be purchased for minor ailments or non-serious illnesses such as a cold. They may also recommend a visit to a doctor if they think it is necessary. The pharmacy is often the first point of call for someone suffering from a minor illness or in the initial stages of an illness and relevant advice is given.

Exercise Physiologist

An exercise physiologist studies the human body's physiology during exercise and physical exertion. He or she uses different tools to study the body systems and how they respond to the stimulus of exercise. This allows the physiologist to gather information for the understanding of the patient, athlete, or study being conducted. The physiologist works with a broad range of illnesses and disabilities in patients. He or she may also work with athletes to help them become conditioned in their bodies and better able to perform the physical demands of their sport.

Music Teacher

A music teacher is responsible for instructing students in the skills they need to become successful musicians in their own right. This includes the basics of teaching how to play an instrument, as well as fundamental musical concepts such as tempo, pitch, and rhythm. Some teachers work in schools from elementary to high school levels, and teach many students. Other teachers give lessons on an individual basis, and may work out of their homes or at a store. Some popular jobs include teaching piano, violin, guitar, or voice. At schools, these teachers are responsible for directing the school bands, choirs, and orchestras. They may also teach appreciation, theory, or composition classes to advanced students.

Marriage Therapist

A marriage therapist is a specific type of counselor that works couples who are about to become married, or who are experiencing problems in their marriage. Some of the most common problems marriage therapists see clients for are cheating, affairs, money problems, problems with children, and intimacy or sexual issues. But not all marriages need to be in trouble for a counselor to work with couples. A marriage counselor helps couples learn to communicate effectively with one another so their relationship can get stronger. They ask questions that help their clients identify with their feelings and behaviours.

Ship Captain

The captain of a ship is the leader of the entire vessel, the size of which can range in size from a small yacht to an entire cruise liner. A captain is someone who has vast experience with ships and their operation, and has likely worked their way through the ranks of other ship-related positions. Nearly everything that happens on the vessel must be rigorously documented and checked by the ship captain to keep a formal record of every excursion and the ship's functions throughout. It is the captain's job to make sure that everything runs smoothly on the vessel.

School Counselor

School counselors help students develop social skills and succeed in school. They work with students on their organization skills, time management, and study habits. They help students individually as well as groups. They may also teach classes on topics like bullying, drug abuse, and graduation planning. Their main goal is to help all students succeed in both in their personal lives, as well as their education and career.


Ophthalmologists are primarily concerned with correcting imperfections and treating conditions of the eye that are known to cause diminished or loss of vision. They are expected to assess the condition of the patient's eye, diagnose any abnormalities found, intervene to preserve the sense of sight, and evaluate whether the condition has improved. They determine and prescribe the grade for patients who need glasses, and they may even open up their own private business that sells corrective lenses.

Sales Manager

A sales manager is someone who is responsible for leading and guiding a team of sales people in an organization. They set sales goals and quotas, build a sales plan, analyze data, assign sales training and sales territories, and mentor the members of his/her sales team. In some cases, sales managers recruit, hire, and train new members of the sales staff. They advise sales representatives on ways to improve their sales performance.


Most Immunologists are medical doctors. They specialized in either internal medicine or pediatrics then further specialized in managing problems related to the immune system such as allergies and autoimmune diseases. All immunologists are involved in research, education, and medicine. In general, the extent of their involvement in these three vocations depends on whether they have finished a science degree or medical degree during their tertiary education. Regardless of whether an immunologist is a doctor, a professor or a scientist, research accounts for a significant portion of what they do.

Sports Medicine Physician

A sports medicine physician is a doctor who specializes in taking care of people who have sports injuries. Sports injuries are injuries that people acquire from playing sports, exercising, or from otherwise being physically active. Sports doctors will care for the injury, as well as explain to someone how to properly care for the injury while still being active. Additionally, in combination with a sports physical therapist, they will help the person in question return to health and be properly rehabilitated from their injury.


To test your compatibililty with these careers, come on over to Sokanu.com and take our free career test. We want to help you find a career that's right for you!

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Renee Masur

Renee Masur is the Community Manager for Sokanu and Island girl living in Vancouver. She loves people and their stories.

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