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Careers That Pay Well

Rahul Thadani
If you are amongst those who want to do something out of the ordinary and still get some hefty paychecks every month, here are a few top careers that you could consider.
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. - Theodore Roosevelt
For those of you who feel that you are one of the few people who just don't want to do the same boring old desk job but still head back home with a mini fortune at the end of the month, you will be surprised to know that everyone, deep within their hearts, want the same thing.
They say it's not about the money you make, but how much of your life you live while making that money, that counts. Everyone is looking for careers that pay well, but not many people actually find that dream job that ends up fetching them large amounts of money, along with complete job satisfaction.
There are many who feel that the more amount of money you earn, the unhappier you will be with your job. This is not entirely true, because if you can carve out a career in something that excites you, you will inadvertently reap the rewards sooner or later.
There are some interesting career avenues that pay well from which you can choose a seemingly unconventional job, and be assured of plentiful returns at the same time. Some of these high paying jobs may not go down very well with people of a slightly orthodox mindset, so be warned that you will need to possess a large amount of willpower and commitment to enjoy the benefits of these creative careers that pay really well.

Commissioned Salesman

This is perhaps the oldest and the most well-known way of making more money as you work more. Some people are very uncomfortable with the idea of working without a base salary; this job is most certainly not for them.
This is a career choice made by someone who has a flair for talking to people, and is very confident. The bottom line is that, the more an individual can manage to sell, the greater will be the salary.
There are some investment bankers, car salesmen and electronic store salesmen who actually manage to make more than $100,000 per year, and there are diverse career opportunities in this field. So if you think you are one, who can sell ice to the Eskimo, then you might just have found the perfect job for you.

Crab Fisherman

Here's a job that requires one to sail to frigid and desolate areas for about 8 weeks a year, in the hunt for Alaskan King Crabs. The reward here is that the job can fetch you around $50,000 for those 8 weeks if you have enough experience.
This is one of the most dangerous jobs around though, but for someone looking to make some good money while battling it out with the elements, what could be better than this adventure.
There are similar fishing jobs like fishing for swordfish, which pay just as well, the 'catch' here being the tremendous risk involved because of the adverse conditions out at sea.

Sports Agent

You might want to grab a tape of the Tom Cruise-starrer, Jerry Maguire to get some tips about this job! It revolves around making sure the sports personality attached to him plays to the best of his abilities, and gets the best contract and image endorsement rights around.
So if you have an eye for talent and find yourself a great 'sport', this career can reap a lot of rewards in the form of commissions. For a good sports agent in the NFL, the salary can be as high as $600,000.


Now here's a job that pays extremely well (more than $353,000 a year), though the work can be quite a pain for all, quite literally, but the rewards for this should be enough to make you think twice! You have to study an individual's rectum for diseases and other severe problems. There are other medical jobs as well, that pay handsomely.

Submarine Cook

If you love the open spaces, the fresh air, beautiful scenic views, and are a total land lover, then this is one job that is NOT for you. This can be a great option for anyone who loves cooking, and doesn't mind working in confined and almost claustrophobic places.
If you can do without seeing land for months on end, then this is one of the most well-paying jobs out there. If you have the required experience and the skill set, you can draw upwards of $200,000 a year.

Crane Operator

For all those who always wanted to go "Yabba-Dabba-Doo!", when you watched Fred Flintstone, working on his 'Bronto Crane', then this is the job for you. While it might not be all fun and games, and in fact can be a high precision job, this job pays $50,100. With skill and experience, crane operators can draw up to $500,000 including overtime and benefits.

Ethical Hackers

Nose around a company's computer system, and actually get paid for it!? Ethical hackers are extremely skilled computer hackers employed by organizations to try to hack into their computer systems, so as to find the loopholes in their security systems, and fix them promptly.
Real advanced and professional hackers are in great demand these days and get paid up to $112,405 annually. But you might not want to get too excited about it and try your hand at hacking some random website, or you will land yourself a trip to the pound!


If you love animals and are inspired by Egyptian mummies, taxidermy might be the field for you. You could work with museums, educational institutes or freelance for hobbyists, who would love to preserve their hunting 'trophies'.
The job involves stuffing an animal, while preserving its skin and maintaining its shape, making it seem life-like. It is a highly skilled job, and pays $44,421 a year.


While most of the world might absolutely hate you for all the constant pesky calls trying to sell them stuff, if you have a knack of talking and are good at convincing people, this can prove to be an extremely lucrative career choice for you. If you can live through the constant angry responses, not taking anything that is hurled your way too personally and keep at it, you can take home a good $40,000 annually along with the many added incentives.

Sommelier (Wine Taster)

For someone who likes to 'drink at work' (pun intended) this job comes as an absolute blessing. This is a very high salaried job and involves tasting various samples of wine in order to grade its quality and type. Experienced sommeliers may take home a paycheck of up to $160,000 annually. This is one of the jobs where you would be well-advised not to get over-indulged!


One of the easiest ways, and arguably one of the most fun ways to make money is to get a job as a bartender. Serve up some signature drinks and perform a few neat bar tricks and the tips will come rolling in. A good bartender can easily take home a neat $50,000 a year.
What's even better is that if you are good, you'll always be in business because people like a drink to cheer them up when they're down, and there's nothing quite like popping a bottle to celebrate an occasion. Add to that the fact that you get to 'experiment' with the drinks and that too on the house. Life couldn't get better!


You might not have the most impressive SAT scores in town, but if you have the brawn and the tough looks to go with it, then this might be just the job for you. You get to show people who's the boss around and keep trouble makers away. Apart from the bragging rights about entry to the best clubs in town, you get to take home about $30,000 annually. Not bad for flexing your muscles and throwing people around!
If these jobs seem a little too extreme for you, you could opt for some of these run-of-the-mill jobs.


You might not have the pleasantest of memories from your visits to the dentist, but with salaries as high as $190,000 a year, it might well be worth considering.


If you have a steady hand (not to mention Einsteinian grades), this is one profession that pays like none other. An experienced surgeon can pocket close to a mind-boggling $600,000 annually. So next time you see your grand mom sewing, you might want to pay more attention!


Love to fly (or just love the cool aviator glasses!), then this is a profession that might interest you. With a paycheck of up to $400,000 annually, you surely would take to the skies.


For those of you who prefer to have their feet grounded, and like the standard 9-to-5 desk job, an accountant's job might suit you well. If you are good with numbers, you could easily make up to $80,000 a year, without so much as getting up from your desk!
Apart from these choices, you can choose to pursue some art careers that pay good money like, a painter, a writer, a graphic designer, or a sculptor. Be warned though that these are career choices that depend on how talented you are, and there are people in this field who struggle a lot.
Choosing a career from amongst these, or other unconventional career choices out there is not an easy task, as it requires you to discover that profession which interests you, not to mention something that you are good at.
Make a wise decision and you could reap the benefits in no time. And if none of these jobs work for you, you could always get into politics and make quite a steal!