Disclaimer: This is not an article written to discourage, but to inform people that there are many ultra competitive industries to get into, and that it is important to be cautious when choosing a career path.
Whenever you’re at the counselor’s office, thinking about the future, or just thinking what professions you could get into, you always have one dream job. Some people want to be actors, others want to be singers, and we all know that one guy who wants to be a President. Here is compiled a good month worth of research and comparison between several fields of work to determine which industries are the hardest to get into and be successful in.
Okay, so this might not be the most politically correct topic to approach in the article but pornography is truly an odd, close knit industry where success is sold by the media, but almost never guaranteed. It is common belief that the porn industry generates tens of billions of dollars per year, but that assumption is false. According to Forbes, pornography only generates an approximate billion dollars per year. With the general population thinking that there are fountains of cash to be made in porn, more and more people fly out to California (the porn mecca) in hopes of becoming famed “pornstars”. The only thing that this does is give porn companies an ever increasing amount of willing actors which will allow them to lower pay and create a ridiculous turnover rate, which in my opinion, is only second to the fast food and film industry turnover rates (fast foods have a 100% turnover rate). On top of that, pornography is a huge illusion, in all of its aspects. Porn is ruled by drugs, lies, and money. Unless you plan on buying an entire porn agency or creating one from the ground up, don’t get involved in it. It’s a waste of time, and the little money you might make will evaporate quicker than a pool of water under the Arizona sun.
9. The Medical Field
With so many aspiring doctors, it’s only natural to think that the medical field is highly competitive. Although I believe that any highly intellectual person with an affinity for science can become a doctor, more and more people are deciding to go into the medical field for the simple fact that doctors make a lot of money. First of all, doctors make money, but not the kind of money that most people think of! With money as a motivation, nothing will work out! Becoming a successful neurosurgeon, or heart surgeon, or any type of “cashcrop doctor” demands passion and an amazing amount of skill, not to mention, a likeable personality. You can’t be a half assed surgeon. There’s a joke that goes: What do you call a student who graduated from Med school with all D’s? A doctor. I beg to differ. I would call that a potential killer. The medical field leaves almost no room for error, because people’s lives are at risk. In fact, any doctor who messes up an operation or prescribes the wrong type of medicine can see his/her license revoked. In some cases, the offender might see him/herself unable to ever practice again. Don’t become a doctor unless you truly have a passion for it! It’s one of the hardest industries to get into! Although, if you want to be a doctor, I am in no way discouraging you, just letting you know that the profession isn’t suited for everyone.
We all know it’s hard to become rich off of written material! Journalism is the easiest way to make money off writing but the toughest job to keep. As opposed to published authors, journalists have monthly and weekly deadlines, which could be killer if they can’t handle stress well. A lot of people don’t handle stress well. A lot of people procrastinate. Therefore, not a lot of people are successful journalists. Writing is truly a passion, but sometimes, profession and passion are not compatible. On top of this, there are millions of journalists who want to be the ones to uncover the next Watergate scandal, making competition overwhelming.
7. The Music Industry
Chance. That’s how the music industry is right now. For the past 5 to 10 years, the music industry has been a lottery ticket. We all know that one singer who can’t really sing and has terrible subject matter, and that one band that is absolutely amazing, but has no radio airplay for some reason. Album sales are dropping; record labels are short on money, so obviously, breaking through in the industry has become an odd feat. With the advent of illegal downloading, record labels only sign artists that will provide residual income. This means that an artist wishing to become successful must most likely create an impressive grassroots following, promote himself, tour excessively, and then, maybe, major labels will look at him. Basically, they need to be a successful artist before becoming a successful artist (getting major radio airplay and playing immense venues). The ironic thing is, many artists who, nowadays, achieve independent success wish to remain independent. This puts the record labels in an awkward situation. Regardless, achieving musical success in an industry run by sharks is a difficult task.
This one is a no brainer! Even though there are thousands of professional athletes, it is extremely difficult to be a truly successful athlete because of a couple of factors. First of all, there is stress. As a professional athlete, you are constantly stressed because of contracts, losses, angry fans, etc… Second of all, there is a high injury risk once you enter the realm of professional sports. We all know that one extremely talented rookie pro who destroyed his/her body just short of becoming a new sensation. Thirdly, there is an immense amount of work and preparation involved in being a world renowned professional athlete especially once you age because you have to be able to deal with the rising competition with young rookies. In my opinion, if you’re not being scouted as of today, then you have a better chance of being a massage therapist for professional athletes. On top of that, massage therapists for athletes make a LOT of money. We might write an article about that if anybody is interested (contact us)!!
5. The Internet
Who hasn’t dreamt of having a viral website that makes BILLIONS of dollars annually? I have. The truth is, the internet is a competitive place, where thousands of websites prey on each other like animals in the jungle. On top of that, you have hackers who destroy websites for mere fun, viruses that infect your computer, and billions of hours of potential distractions. The internet is the biggest jungle man knows. Making a successful blog or website is very time consuming, costs a little bit of money, and will give you headaches. First, you need to find a website that does not have millions of competitors. Second, you need to learn how to actually MAKE a website. Third, you need to put content on your site. Finally, you need to market. The greatest website in the world can’t be the greatest if it has no traction. This alone makes the internet a competitive new industry.
4. The Patenting and Creative Industry
This isn’t technically an industry but we all know someone who claims to be an inventor… And we all know Leonardo Da Vinci. Where is the line between a successful inventor and a tinkerer? An inventor invents products that are at the same time, useful, well designed, beautiful, and popular. A tinkerer is the type of person that invents something that could be useful, but is so awkward in its design that anyone except its maker would want to use it. The most remarkable example of a 21st century inventor is Steve Jobs. He is the Da Vinci of our times. Steve Jobs has invented products that do simply AMAZING things that look simple, beautiful, and are user friendly. Take a look at the touch screen. Every smartphone has a touchscreen nowadays, but Steve Jobs was the first to introduce the touchscreen to the world. Even before the Iphone, Apple experimented with touchscreen technology. Dig into old crates and you might find an old ipod nano. The first model. Those had primitive touchscreens called tactile regions. It is literally impossible to find a tech company that has not used a single one of Jobs’ inventions. That’s why it is hard to become an inventor. You’ll eventually be compared to Steve Jobs if you’re even remotely successful. That’s tough.
3. The Movie Industry
The movie industry is notorious for being difficult to thrive in, not only for actors, but also for writers, directors, and the numerous filmography experts involved in the making of a film. Similarly to music, the movie industry is struggling to keep up with illegal downloads of films. This combined with the fact that, people just don’t go to the movies as much as they used to, makes the movie industry a good pick for number 3. The competition in the film industry is through the roof. The turnover rate for actors who want to make it to Hollywood is almost infinity. Luckily for actors, people enjoy seeingfamiliar faces on screen. Chances are, if you have a good debut movie, you’ll find more opportunities. The real challenge is actually finding a debut movie to star in. It doesn’t matter if you’re a good actor or not because the governor’s cousin’s son wants to act, and if he gets the role, then he’ll make sure the governor speaks to his good friends who work at a huge firm that will financially back the movie. These are the kinds of deals that go on in the mainstream movie industry. How do you think Nicholas Cage began acting in the first place? Granted, he has improved from his early movies, but in his debut, he had absolutely no skill! To make it in the movie industry, you have to be lucky, know a couple people, and CONSTANTLY be trying out for roles. It takes a lot of patience and work.
2. The Art World
Art is so difficult to thrive in because what one person in your art class might consider “pretty” or “beautiful” can be “repulsive” or “cliché” to an art critic. The art world is much closed and geographically organized. Even with the internet, artists rely on small circles of connections to get shows into galleries, or sell a piece. Reputation is also extremely important in art. You need to build a solid reputation, have an impeccable portfolio of artwork that stays relevant to your style, and please the art world. Without a reputation, you are nothing. Another obstacle to success in the art world is the fact that you might not actually be ALIVE when your paintings become sensational. This stems from many painters being ahead of their time, in terms of style and goal. An example of this is Basquiat. Jean Michel Basquiat was a fairly successful artist in the 80’s, who worked with Andy Warhol and did a number of art shows throughout the world. Basquiat was either loved or hated in the art world. When he died of a heroin overdose in 1988, the art world called him the pioneer of primitivism, and later, hailed him as the Father of Graffiti and neo-expressionism. Now, a Basquiat sells for $29 000 000. Yes, that’s 29 million dollars. And Basquiat never touched 1 million dollars during his time on earth. All in all, success in art is ephemeral at best, and in the worst case, invisible (until you die).
How is fashion harder to be successful in than art? Fashion is in the same category as art but the main difference between the two is that the dominant figures in haute couture have been the same for hundreds of years. With art, people die, artists change, and the art world slowly accepts new “masters” of the trade. With fashion, this does not happen. The families who founded the dominant maisons de couture have kept the name, status, and company even beyond their legacy. In this way, one name can be synonymous with “fashionable” for years to come. If you look at recent successful haute couture brands, there are none. Streetwear has seen the rise of brands like Supreme and Diamond in the last 5 years, but in haute couture, the main players have been the same for a long, long time. Hermes was established in 1837, Burberry was established in 1856, Louis Vuitton was established in 1854, Chanel was established in 1909, and Gucci in 1921. Most of these brands have been around for 100+ years, and have been extremely successful throughout. Good luck dethroning them.