High Paying Jobs you didn’t Expect

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High Paying Jobs you didn’t Expect

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, about 20 percent of American households bring in over 100,000 dollars per year. If that’s a target you want to hit, then read this article carefully.

The list we have compiled will consist of the pros and cons of each job.

We will also include some details of how you can get these jobs and start living large on your six-figure salary.

In these cases, we say living large. However, some parts of the USA, 100,000 alone will only cover life’s necessities if you want to join the ranks of the middle class, according to research.

Number 10 – Air Traffic Controller

What would you feel if you had the lives of 100s of people in your hands every day?

That’s the case if you become an air traffic controller. It is well known to be a stressful job. That’s one of the reasons that mandatory retirement is by the age of 56 years old.

You will be paid well, with the average salary in 2016 is $122,410 per year. A university degree would help. It could land the job – pun intended – and be employed without one.

Not surprisingly, you will have to pass a lot of background tests and also pass different exams after taking a program at the Federal Aviation Administration academy.

Number 9: Garbage Collector

You will know from this article on the most dangerous jobs that being a garbage collector could have. It is not only sometimes smelly, but it also leads to an early grave for most Americans each year. This is why they get paid the big bucks.

Based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the average wage for a refuse collector at just $37,690. This can go up to more than 60,000.

Hold on. If you do this same job in New York City, you could also be earning six figures reported by a recent article from CNN. It interviewed two high school dropouts who were both making $112,000 and $100,000 as a driver and collector, respectively.

How do you get the job? First, you need to be a high school graduate, but aside from that, no formal qualifications are required. You will need to learn the ropes, of course. Once that’s done, you are ready to go.

Number 8: Equities trader

If you have no university degree, that won’t be a problem. In fact, this is one of such jobs where autodidacts – those people who teach themselves – can earn lots of money. Employment site, Glassdoor, states that these equities traders make in the region of 70,000 – 80,000 dollars per year. But according to another financial career website, that said wage is just a starting wage. Once you get going, you could easily earn more than 150,000 dollars per year.

The position would require you to take an analyst program or internship. A degree is not necessarily needed if you are self-taught and have a good knowledge of how the economy and finance work. Additionally, math and business acumen will help, too. Another requirement would be getting a license from the National Association of Securities Dealers to start trading.

Number 7: Butler

Have you ever been interested in working in a Dowton Abbey kind of environment? Being a butler might not be the job for some. However, if you are going to work at the side of a super-wealthy person, you undoubtedly get paid well for it.

Many butlers are mostly trained in the UK, yet they then head back to places like New York City. With this job, you might be paid a wage more or less 100,000 dollars per year. You will also get numerous benefits such as a roof over your head, free food, and sometimes a car.

Based on the International Butler Academy, age is not essential, and so is your background, surprisingly. All you need to do is to take their intensive 10-week course which focuses on a working knowledge of English and a service-orientated attitude. You will study etiquette and butler protocol. After passing and given that you pass, you’re on your way to getting a pair of those bright, white gloves and talking posh.

As reported by the academy, during your first year on the job, you will earn about $59,000. However, if you already have the experience, you can get up to $153,000. Who knew Jeeves was such a high-roller?

Number 6: Ethical Hacker

Is there such a thing? What exactly is an ethical hacker, you might ask? It is a person who is hired by a company to check if their system is penetrable.

Well, you know that hackers are often people who didn’t take the formal route in getting any education themselves. Some of these people go to the dark side, commonly known as Black Hats, while others hack for the common good where they are known as White Hats.

To be an ethical hacker as well as to be employed by a company, you need a certification; that is if you are not already well-known for your hacking skills yet. There are several tests you can take, but those can be quickly taken without formal training.

The said test should take about four hours. If you pass, you will start at least $76,000 per year. However, based on other employment websites, the pay can go up to $152,000 once you have proven your worth.

When one ethical hacker was asked, the worst thing about the job is letting your customer know that they have already been hacked and all their clients’ data was vulnerable all this time.

Number 5: Private Investigator

This job is perhaps the most intriguing and exciting job on this list, but how would someone ever get into this profession? Well, it is an advantage if you are an ex-cop. It’s not only because of the skills you have honed but also because you have access to information and know the right people.

Based on the Criminal Justice Degree School, those who wanted the job do not need any formal qualification. Still, you may need to take a PI course. After that, you need to get a license to practice, undergo several background checks, and also get yourself a firearms license.

According to the mentioned site, you might start with about 45,000 dollars a year, but that could soon increase up to 85,000 dollars.

Number 4: Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

This job is hazardous, given that you are working with nuclear power. That is one of the major reasons why operators are paid pretty high. Fortunately, you don’t need a degree to land the job.

All you need to do is to take some technical school. You can also start at the bottom of a nuclear plant and work your way up the ladder. The minimum requirement would be a high school diploma, but this job is mainly about on-the-job training.

Most career websites reported that the yearly salary ranged from 50,000 – 80,000 dollars per year. But if you work in the private sector, you could potentially earn over 100,000 dollars.

Number 3. Submarine Chef

Not everyone wants to work in a nuclear plant. So, what about being a nuclear submarine chef?

In the U.S., part of the navy training will teach you how to cook. That is, after spending nine weeks in the Navy Boot Camp. The website for the British Royal Navy showed that the starting wage is at around 60,000 dollars. Still, one blog in the Australian media stated that for a person with six years of experience, a senior chef could earn approximately 140,000 US dollars (or 187,000 Australian Dollars). Glassdoor reported that the average US wage for a submarine chef is at 111,000 per year. That comes along with a few tips and bonuses on top of that.

If you can handle this kind of environment, this job could help you earn good cash. There isn’t even too much you need to spend on while you are at work under the sea.

Number 2: Professional Snuggler

Snuggler? Yes, you heard that right. At Snuggle Buddies in the U.S., it was reported that you don’t need any qualifications for this job.

Most of their snugglers or cuddlers are female while most of the clients are men who are 50-year olds and over. Snugglers just need to be 18 years old or over and must be able to make people feel loved in a warm embrace.

You will get 60 bucks an hour for your efforts, and clients would most likely add a 10-20% tip to that. If you can create a long client list and work 8 hours a day, that is at least 480 dollars a day!

This job would need you to travel. So, let’s just say you work 4 hours a day, resulting in at least 240 bucks a day. Still, that’s 1,200 dollars a week, 4,800 a month and 57,600 a year, not to mention another 10,000 bucks for the tips. That’s not too bad for snuggling.

Number 1. Sommelier

Knowing all about wine, tasting it, and making a living out of it might be one of the best jobs ever. If you can pass the incredibly hard exam, you will attain the title of Master Sommelier. After that, you could be one step closer to being paid at least 150,000 dollars a year. That is according to the Guild of Sommeliers Salary Survey last 2014.

The said exam is so hard that people sometimes take it six times. There are even documentaries made about how difficult it is. When you become an advanced sommelier, you can then earn in the state of about 70,000 – 80,000 per year. You won’t need any formal qualifications, but you will need to read and study wine and pass that difficult exam to get your certification.

We’ll end this article on that amazing wine-tasting career, and hope that some of you have been inspired by the jobs we’ve mentioned.

If you’re given a chance, which of these jobs would you choose?

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