There are moments we all wonder: Is working at a job for a paycheck a waste of time and life? To answer this question properly it would be wise to break down the mind-set behind it. On one hand a 9–5 job offers you a more steady, comfortable, and independent living, and helps you fulfill many of your goals and dreams. On the other hand, it’s true that we spend a significantly large amount of time at work, especially if it’s a job we don’t like (or even worse, one we hate) then life can really be dull and painful. That, of course, is not the case for every job out there, however. Some pay very well and are fun to do at the same time. Who, for example, wouldn’t like to drive Ferraris and get paid mad bucks to do it? Who would say no if they were offered the chance to try some of the most expensive and delicious chocolate in the world and guess what, get paid for it too! But don’t worry, these are only two of 25 High-Paying Jobs That Appear To Be Really Fun. So If you are looking for a career change, start getting your resume ready :).
Back in the seventies a DJ was the soul of the party and the only payment he hoped for was a few free drinks and to see people having fun with his music choices. Nowadays, DJs have become some of the most popular music stars in the world, playing music in front of thousands of people at concerts. Tiesto, the highest-earning DJ in the world, has an estimated net worth of about $75 million.
Professional Poker Player
Poker is probably the most popular card game for betting and individual play. However, as a spectator “sport” poker traditionally hasn’t been the most engaging thing to watch. Nevertheless, for the players it’s one of the most profitable “jobs” they could have ever dreamed of with some of the top players making millions.
Being a cartoonist is really a hobby that some people are lucky (and skilled) enough to make a living from. A cartoonist who specializes in drawing cartoons for entertainment pieces, political commentary, or advertising usually works for magazines and newspapers, while the ones who enter the world of comics are those who make the most money.
The number of people entering the personal training profession has been on the rise in recent years, with the average trainer making about $40,000 a year.
When you think of magicians you probably think of famous multimillionaires like Criss Angel and David Blaine, but we’re afraid only a handful manage to reach this kind of stardom. However, an average humble magician makes about $49,000 per year.
Officially, there is no formal education or certification required to become a successful fashion designer other than having good (or strangely unique, in most cases) taste in clothing and being able to predict future fashion trends. The average annual salary is estimated to be around $64,000, but if your name happens to be Yves Saint Laurent or Versace then the numbers are in the hundreds of millions.
A winemaker is usually a bon vivant with elegant taste who gets involved with all the various procedures necessary for winemaking. They are generally employed by wineries or wine companies and get paid an average salary of $93,000/year. However, there are some reports that companies in France and Spain pay winemakers over half a million a year to do what they do.
You can currently earn up to $50/hour for just walking someone else’s dog. Not bad if you take into account that you also get a chance to work out while having some loyal company.
Being an airline pilot has been one of the most prestigious professions for decades now. In the United States alone, only 0.2% of the general population has a pilot’s license and less than 0.1% fly regularly. Additionally, you get to have the kind of view few others get to have (usually only other pilots) on a regular basis all while making more or less about $90,000 per year.
The gaming industry is at full swing and its progress has surpassed that of many other industries in only a few years. However, video games are terribly complex and there are millions of lines of code that develop every aspect of the game, from maps to characters. Behind these complicated “miracles” are designers who spend their days working on the little details you might not even notice while playing. Don’t feel bad for them, though, because they get paid better than you probably realize.
As we all know there are millions of avid gamers out there but some of these players happen to be really good to the point where they make a living from it. An elite video gamer who participates in top tournaments with great success makes an average $50,000 per year while the top 10 players in the world make anything from half to over a million dollars annually. Is this a job, you ask? Apparently so.
In stand-up comedy, the comedian usually recites a group of humorous stories, jokes, and one-liners typically called a monologue, routine, or act. Just as with professional athletes and video gamers, stand-up comedians can make from a few thousand dollars up to millions for basically doing their hobby. For example, Jerry Seinfeld’s net worth is estimated to be about $800 million. Not bad for a jokester.
Toys are a necessity for children not just because they provide entertainment, but because they can also provide excellent learning experiences. What many people don’t realize, however, is that there is no magical toy machine that pops out new and amazing toys at regular intervals. Designing and creating toys is a major process and there are some ordinary (but talented) people behind this industry who are in charge of this process. For an average toy creator the annual salary is about $55,000, while a top “player” can make millions.
The event planning industry includes events of all sizes from the Olympics down to small weddings and business breakfast meetings. So depending on how ambitious and capable you are, the more money and glory you can get. On average, people in this field can make around $44,000 per year.
Being a park ranger might sound like an extremely boring job to some, but for those who enjoy nature they can get a chance at protecting and preserving national property while making about $47,000 a year.
For those who might not know, a graphic designer is the type of creative person who puts together images, typography, or moving graphics to create a design. This individual creates the images you see on your favorite print and online media among other things. The average graphic designer in the US today makes about $52,000 per year.
Even though their salaries can vary greatly (depending on the sport and their popularity) a professional athlete can usually make anything from $50,000 to over a million. Of course, if your name is Tom Brady, Lebron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Roger Federer then you can make $50,000 per week but these are just a few of the rare exceptions.
Arguably the most desired profession in the world, being an actor/actress can make you one of the most recognized, wealthy, and famous figures around the globe. But even if you never become the next Leonardo DiCaprio or Julia Roberts you can still make a comfortable living just acting with motion pictures and video industry actors making a mean hourly wage of $43.33 per hour.
It might sound like an easy thing to do for a living, but according to the experts, doing a wide range of voices for commercials, jingles, film, and animation requires versatility, imagination, and more than a little practice. However, with an average annual salary of about $80,000, it’s the kind of job you would probably kill for.
Cruise Ship Entertainer
Entertaining people who are on their dream vacation may not sound like the ideal job to some, but it definitely is a great job for all those people who love attention but failed to make it through America’s Got Talent auditions. From piano players to dancers, singers to magicians, cruise ship entertainers make anywhere between $4,000 to $7,000 per month, plus free room and board while seeing some of the most exotic and magnificent places in the world.
The terms food critic, food writer, and restaurant critic can all be used to describe a writer who analyzes food or restaurants and then publishes their findings. The best part about this job is that these guys eat some of the most delicious foods in the world for free made by top chefs and get paid well to do it, too.
Being a freelance writer myself I know firsthand the benefits and advantages of this job. To begin with, wearing pants is not required, the rigid 9–5 of a full-time job (and the waking up early part of it) isn’t an issue either. The money might not be as great as being a professional athlete, for example, but keep in mind that millions of readers will view your articles and you will be making a living doing what you love most.
Professional Computer Hacker
Government agencies and private security firms pay an average of $64,000/year to hire people who were widely considered a menace to society a few years back.
Chocolate is one of the few things in the world that most people, regardless of their sex, nationality, race, religion, etc., love to consume with great passion. Usually, we have to pay to enjoy its delicious taste, but in some cases they might pay you more than $90,000 per year to taste tons of different chocolates (some of them super expensive) and tell them your opinion. Yes, it’s a legit job!
Ferrari Test Driver
This sounds more like a too-good-to-be-true dream than reality, but we can guarantee you it’s one hundred percent true. They will pay you an average annual salary of $120,000 to test-drive the most expensive, luxurious, and speedy cars in the world.