Careers Involving Shopping

6 Jobs for People Who Like Spending Someone Else's Money

Shopping for other people
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Do you like shopping but don't have an unlimited amount of money to spare? Fortunately, some people have the opposite problem: they have the financial resources but no desire to make their own purchases. You can actually get paid to purchase things without spending a dime of your own cash. Take a look at these 6 careers involving shopping, but with other people's money instead of your own.

1. Interior Designer

How would you like to choose furniture, paint, rugs, and accessories without spending a penny of your own money? If you've ever lamented the fact that you have but one home to decorate (and limited resources to do it) you may enjoy working as an interior designer. Many homes and businesses can benefit from your sense of style.

Required Education / Training: Certificate or associate degree or a bachelor's degree

Median Annual Salary (2017): $51,500

Number of People Employed (2016): 66,500

Projected Employment (2026): 69,500

Job Growth Compared to the Average for All Occupations (2016-2026): Slower

2. Architect

Instead of choosing the furnishings for the inside of a home or business, perhaps you'd enjoy designing the building itself. As an architect, you would make decisions regarding a building's style and function. You would specify materials to be used in its construction.

Required Education / Training: Bachelor's or master's degree in architecture which can take between five and eight years depending on the program you choose

Median Annual Salary (2017):  $78,470

Number of People Employed (2016): 128,800

Projected Employment (2026): 134,200

Job Growth Compared to the Average for All Occupations (2016-2026): Slower

3. Event Planner

You may love entertaining but how many parties can you throw? After all, you're not made of money. Did you know you can actually earn a living throwing other people's parties? In addition to arranging private parties, an event planner also coordinates corporate events like business meetings, trade shows, and conventions. If you worked in this occupation you would have to select venues and hire caterers and entertainers.

Required Education: While some people who work in this field do not have a college degree, many employers prefer to hire those who have a degree in hospitality or a related major

Median Annual Salary (2017): $48,290

Number of People Employed (2016): 116,700

Projected Employment (2026): 129,400

Job Growth Compared to the Average for All Occupations (2016-2026): Faster

4. Personal Shopper

If your idea of a great time is spending the day shopping, you may enjoy this occupation. You get to choose items—clothing and accessories, giftware and even groceries—for other people. Of course you can't buy what you would like, but rather what you think your clients would based on information you gather from them. They don't have time for or don't enjoy the whole shopping experience (can you imagine such a thing?)  and will be relying on your expertise to help make their lives easier. 

Required Education: One needs a proven track record in sales as well as expertise with the same types of products you plan to buy to succeed in this career (Personal Shopper Job Description, Retail Industry).

Median Annual Salary (2017): $34,429 (Glassdoor.com)

Number of People Employed (2016): N/A

Projected Employment (2026): N/A

Job Growth Compared to the Average for All Occupations (2016-2026): N/A

5. Travel Agent

Do you dream of traveling the world and then awaken to the fact that you have neither the free time or the money to do that? You could become a travel agent and plan vacations for other people. While the Internet makes it simpler for people to make their own travel plans, there are many individuals who prefer to have professional help. Regardless of how easy it is to book travel online, it still takes time, a resource that sometimes is in as short supply as money for many people. Besides, travel agents know how to find all the good deals.

Required Education: While only a high school diploma is required for this occupation, many employers prefer to hire candidates who have some formal training.

Median Annual Salary (2017): $36,990

Number of People Employed (2016): 81,700

Projected Employment (2026): 72,200

Job Growth Compared to the Average for All Occupations (2016-2026): Decline

6. Retail Buyer

What occupation can be more about spending someone else's money than this one? Retail buyers purchase merchandise—including clothing, shoes, accessories, electronics, and toys—on behalf of retail stores for resale to customers.

Required Education: HS Diploma or Bachelor's degree depending on the size of the organization

Median Annual Salary (2017): $62,120

Number of People Employed (2016): 123,300

Projected Employment (2026): 120,300

Job Growth Compared to the Average for All Occupations (2016-2026): Decline

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,  Occupational Outlook Handbook and Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor,  O*NET Online.