P.S. - I second Lee in encouraging kids to pursue something they love. Every single one of the passions I was allowed to pursue in the limited time I had after (public) school and on weekends - it all came in handy during my college years, or it's coming in handy now as I homeschool. Even the oddball classes I took in school just because they sounded interesting have come in handy.
HA! You've armed me with another "mommyism" to say to my kids: "Yes, you have to do your math because you never know when you might need it."
If one is creative, one can find all sorts of math related to vocations, and make up story problems accordingly.
Wrangler at a summer camp: Scheduling, grain ratios in feed, routine medication dosages, overhead costs, and budgeting.
Acting: What percentage of your money does your agent get? How much is left over for you? Will you have enough money to live on when you're no longer a fad? What are some wise investment choices?
Marine biologist: Statistics, probability, ratios, geometry - the works.
Artist: How much income can you count on from sales? How much money should you set aside each month for tough times? What are your costs for materials? What ratio should you use to make a scale model of your sculpture for presentation to the city's arts committee? Will the medium you choose for your sculpture collapse under its own weight (yes, that involves math - ask any architect)? If your contract calls for specific dimensions, you'd better know geometry.
Fashion designer: Overhead and materials costs, pricing, geometry, ratios, profit and loss, budgeting
Scheduling....one thing many of us struggle with as homeschoolers! We find ourselves so busy many times, that we forget that scheduling can help! (A crazy busy life can be avoided!
Don't you wish there was a book called "Getting Your Teen to Sleep at Night" or perhaps "7 Highly Effective Sleep Habits of Healthy Teens"? There just HAS to be