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Fall 2003 Vol. 47, Number 3

Career solutions for trained problem-solvers

—NUTSHELL:
You think you've got problems? Managers, engineers, and repairers are glad you do. For these and other workers, solving problems is a livelihood.


—SNIPPET:

If there were no problems, some people might face a real predicament: finding a new line of work. 

Almost any job requires some problem-solving skills, but certain occupations revolve around workers’ ability to solve problems. People in these problem-centered occupations welcome the chance to be solutions experts.

Workers who are trained as solution seekers might consider problem-solving to be challenging, even enjoyable. That doesn’t mean their jobs are easy. Constantly dealing with problems can be stressful, especially because some riddles have no resolution. But job satisfaction is more likely for those who choose a problem-solving occupation that fits well with their interests and talents.

This article can help you make that match by describing how problem-solving skills are applied in a variety of careers. Focusing on the broad occupational groupings of managerial, engineering, and repair, this article discusses what problem-solving workers do, what types of problems they encounter, and what kinds of training they need to enter and advance in these careers. It also explores other ways for problem-solvers to find profitable outlets for their talents. Suggested sources for more information are provided at the end.

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Last Updated: February 27, 2004