This is the time of year when people tend to have romance onthe brain. Flowers! Jewelry commercials! Ads for upscale restaurants! If you’rea hopeless romantic, it’s kind of like the Super Bowl. But what if you want toturn those lovey-dovey feelings into a career, something you can buildprofessionally? Believe it or not, there are options out there for you.
4 careers for people who love romance
1. Wedding/special event photographer
If you have a knack with a camera, being a weddingphotographer gives you a front-row seat to some of the happiest days ofpeople’s lives. Everyone’s dressed up, people are (usually) on their bestbehavior, and your goal is to capture the romance for posterity. Plus, being aphotographer has the advantage of being a flexible career, or side business,with many weddings and special events happening outside of standard businesshours.
What you’ll need: High-quality cameras and related equipment,plus training on how to use it. Courses on professional photography are highlyrecommended.
What it pays: The median salary is $32,490 per year, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Florists and floral designers are usually the go-to retailers for romantic lifeevents, with busy seasons around holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day,etc. Floral designers are there for the good, the bad, and the celebratory,providing flowers and delivery to a range of customers.
What you’ll need: Workers in a retail floral shop will need thebasics (a high school degree and customerservice skills). If you’re looking to become a floral designer, you’ll likelyneed vocational courses and on-the-job training. Creativity and artistic flairare very helpful, as are good customer service skills to help your customersfind the right way to say it with flowers.
What it pays: The median salary for floral designers is $26,350per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
If you’re more interested in food service than flowerservice, you may want to consider becoming a chocolatier. This is not the mostcommon path in food service, but what’s more romantic than high-qualitychocolates to go with those flowers and gifts? Chocolatiers are artisans whocreate edible masterpieces, playing with flavors and structures to create theperfect bite.
What you’ll need: To become a chocolatier, you’ll need a solidbase in the culinary world, and may need to complete a pasty chef course.You’ll also need to meet your state’s licensing and food handling regulations,so be sure to check what your state requires.
What it pays: The median salary for chocolatiers is $21,000 peryear, but experienced pastry chefs can make more.
4. Marriage counselor
Sometimes love needs a little help, and marriage counselors are licensed health care professionals who can help couples work on their relationships. This is not a job for the starry-eyed romantic who thinks all relationships are a romcom-ending away from happiness, but rather a practical career for someone who believes that therapy and hard work together can overcome challenges in love and life. Plus, health care careers are a very stable, practical bet for long-term career longevity.
Marriage and family therapy in particular is a field that’s growing—the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of jobs in this area will grow more than 23% by 2026.
What you’ll need: Marriage and family therapists typically havea master’s degree or higher, plus complete an internship or residency. Licensingrequirements may vary by state, so be sure to check your own state’srequirements.
What it pays: The median salary for marriage and familytherapists is $48,790, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
If you love the very idea of love, there are ways to live that out in your professional life as well. Choosing a career that helps make other people happy can be a key to long-term career satisfaction. If you have the skills and the inclination to work in one of these service fields, you may find yourself with even more love to go around.