Paid PostPosted on Nov 1, 201611 Grown-Up Jobs That Would Make Your Childhood Self ProudDreaming big isn't just for kids. Koch Industries believes that being passionate about making a difference in the world never gets old.by Koch IndustriesBrand PublisherFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Kid Dream Job: Superhero iStock Superheroes fight for what's right, defend the weak, have superhuman skills, and get to wear a cool suit. Sign us up. Adult Version: EMT E+ EMTs use their excellent driving and navigation skills to speedily swoop in during emergencies and help people get the care they need. If saving lives isn't superheroic, we don't know what is. 2. Kid Dream Job: Mad Scientist iStock When you were a child, the perceived perks of becoming a mad scientist included concocting crazy potions, covering your walls in zany equations, sporting irresistibly wacky Einstein hair, and potentially even attaining world domination. Adult Version: Chemical Engineer iStock Chemical engineers work in almost every major field and have a massive impact on the world around us by using chemistry, math, physics, and even biology to create useful life-changing products in the most efficient ways possible. They also get to hang out in high-tech labs that would've knocked the socks off of childhood-you. Woah. 3. Kid Dream Job: Space Captain Hero Images Commanding a killer spaceship? Visiting other planets? Potentially seeing aliens? EATING SPACE ICE CREAM???? What kid could say no? Adult Version: Astrophysicist E+ If you never got sick of nerding out about space, a career in astrophysics will let you do just that. Using chemistry and physics, astrophysicists work to expand our view of the life-and-death cycle of stars, planets, nebulae, and galaxies. 4. Kid Dream Job: Candy Farmer E+ Movies, books, and games that led you to believe candy could grow on trees really left you with some unfairly high expectations of the world. Adult Version: Agronomist E+ Sure, it's not quite harvesting gum drops next to a chocolate river, but childhood-you would still totally approve. Working as an agronomist not only involves spending time outdoors, riding giant machines (what kid isn't into that), and being on farms, it also allows you to make a difference in the world by solving important problems like how to reduce the environmental impact of farming or increasing crop yield. 5. Kid Dream Job: Superstar iStock When you were a kid, being a star meant all eyes on you, having a whole team of people obeying your every whim, calling the shots, and being undeniably cool. Adult Version: Entrepreneur iStock When you're an entrepreneur and own your own business, you get to call the shots. You get to be creative, follow your passion, and while you might not get where you want without a team of people supporting your vision, you're ultimately responsible for creating your own success. Rock on. 6. Kid Dream Job: Explorer iStock Jumping on your bike and zooming off to places unknown or grabbing a backpack full of supplies and trekking through the woods made it easy to fantasize about life as an explorer who charts new frontiers in faraway lands. Adult Version: Park Ranger Brand X Images Many park rangers spend their days outdoors trekking through our national parks and educating people about wildlife and the importance of conserving these spaces. Rangers are in the parks not only to protect nature, but also to protect people who might have emergencies while out exploring. That's GOT to satisfy your childhood thirst for adventure. 7. Kid Dream Job: Wizard Moment Open Not only would a few functioning spells have come in handy for your childhood chores, but the attraction of wizardry also symbolized that reality wasn't set in stone and that there was more to life than the mundane. Adult Version: Welder EyeEm Premium Welders work in fields like aerospace, construction, and automotive and use their strength and skill to fuse pieces of metal together. They also emit a lot of cool sparks and bright light while doing it. Definitely sorcerer status. 8. Kid Dream Job: Time Traveler Vetta The idea of meeting knights, dinosaurs, pirates, and pharaohs was undeniably cool — if only you could've learned to set up your cardboard-box/colander-helmet time machine just right. Adult Version: Archaeologist Photodisc Archaeologists work all over the world exploring, discovering, analyzing, protecting, and quite literally digging into material history. Standing in the same places and holding the same objects as previous civilizations HAS to make archaeologists feel transported. 9. Kid Dream Job: Toy Inventor Moment Your love of fun + your boundless imagination suggested you'd be an incredible toy maker — and if your creations made with toilet-paper tubes and duct tape were any indication, you were headed for toy-design royalty ("toyalty," if you will). Adult Version: App Developer Blue Jean Images Sure, there's no reason you couldn't become a toy inventor, but becoming an app developer would not only allow you to exercise your senses of creativity and fun, it could also allow you to make things you'll want to play with and use even as a grown-up. 10. Kid Dream Job: Builder E+ You loved building forts, fantasized about bulldozers, and thought hard hats were the ultimate accessory. Something about creating a structure where once there was nothing struck you as entirely ineluctable. Adult Version: Contractor Hero Images Contractors oversee building projects from start to completion. They have the challenging task of coordinating all the different materials, permits, workers, budgets, and schedules to make sure everything comes together just right. Quite a step up from pillow forts. 11. Kid Dream Job: Leader of the Universe iStock You weren't daunted by the weighty responsibilities of global executive leadership — you knew your policy positions on banning vegetables, being nice, and mandating free ice cream were inarguable. Adult Version: Teacher Hero Images Teachers have an immeasurable influence on the world through their impact on the growth of the kids that they teach. Not only do they exhibit tremendous leadership capabilities in opening up kids' minds to new ideas and teaching them critical skills, they also shoulder the tremendous responsibility of instilling the qualities necessary for a child's future fulfillment. There’s a lot of good to be done out there. Koch Industries is committed to removing barriers to opportunity so more kids can achieve their dreams.