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Is community management a career path that can allow me to support a family in a big city?

Many of our students are trying to find careers that will allow them to support a future family. They need a certain level of compensation for that, and they need relatively predictable work hours to be able to accommodate kids' schedules and make ends meet. Is Community Management a profession that offers that? What's realistic?

_This is part of a question series for CMX Summit to highlight exciting careers in community management. If you are interested in a career in community management, now would be a good time to ask a question of your own!_ #community-management

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Alex’s Answer

Absolutely! For many smaller companies, community management may be part of a bigger job that might include social media management, customer care or marketing. Depending on the type and size of the company, it might also be a stand-alone job that pays a decent wage ($50k+). A great place to look is at http://cmxhub.com, which offers training, advice and a job board for the community management community.

One other thing about community management: It can be done anywhere, so if it's an area someone wants to go into, it could provide a career that doesn't require going into an office.

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Chiara’s Answer

Yes, definitely! Not only are there different types of roles within community management, but there are also significant growth opportunities.

I would encourage students that are interested in this field to think about their interests and the types of communities they would want to support. Community management often starts with the person being a trusted member of the community who then becomes a leader within that community.

Personally, I spent several years working for startups, which made me a trusted member of the community. Later on, an opportunity presented itself to manage a community for startup founders, and this was a role that allowed me to learn a variety of skills- from public speaking, to online community management, to educational content creation, all while travelling the world. This is just one example, but I agree that CMX Hub is a great resource for anyone interested in pursuing this type of career. It's important to make sure you're passionate about the topic that brings the community together!

Chiara recommends the following next steps:

Think about your interests and what communities you may already be a part of
Look at CMX Hub to see what professional communities are out there
Join a community you're interested in to understand the different roles that members play