Jobs You Never Knew Paid More Than $100,000
We all dream of having a better job one day. Whether that means better hours, more benefits or a higher salary, you may think the dream is unattainable, but you might be very wrong.
Would it surprise you to learn a lot of jobs out there pay upwards of $100,000 a year, without requiring years of schooling or decades of experience? You just have to know where to look. Whether you're planning your next career move or simply daydreaming for the future, these high-paying jobs can provide some inspiration.
As with any job, working as a technical writer requires certain qualifications. A bachelor's degree in English, journalism or a related field is generally necessary, along with experience interpreting data and user interfacing. Compared to other high-paying jobs, these requirements are minimal, yet very specific.
Elevator Repair and Installation
The qualification that really matters in this line of work is experience — experience working with a mentor, on the job and with the necessary tools. In terms of school, you really only need your high school diploma or GED, although a degree in engineering would certainly improve your prospects.
Database administrators work with institutions or large companies to essentially manage all their important information. This includes critical elements like employee payroll, financial records and data organization. Needless to say, you have to be pretty computer savvy to do this job.
Animator or Multimedia Artist
Whoever said that art doesn't pay? A lot of good paying jobs exist for artists who are willing to focus their creative energy on graphic and multimedia art, such as animation and special effects. Many film and TV production companies need this type of talent, and people who are good with a pencil and sketch pad can often transfer these skills to computers.
To become a transportation inspector, you have to acquire a lot of certifications. The exact ones vary by state and pertain mostly to safety regulations, legal regulations and details for conducting good inspections.
Home Economics Teacher
This is a job that will require a few years of preparation. As with any certified teaching position, you must have a bachelor’s degree, along with the appropriate licensing and certifications.
Ranching, Farming, Agricultural Management
These jobs are for individuals who like to work with their hands. Farmers and ranchers spend most of their time outside in the sun, snow and rain, surrounded by dirt and animals. For a lot of people, this sounds like a nightmare, but for others, it’s a dream come true.
Insurance Sales Agent
To become an insurance sales agent, you generally need a degree in communications or a related field, the right licensing for your state and experience that supports your ability to sell and interact with people. Why? Because sales agents are always working directly with clients.
Loans can either make people very happy or very, very upset. That means you need to be able to handle customers at their worst to do this job. As a loan officer, it's your job to decide who gets loans and at what rates, and you can’t always say yes. It's good to have an analytical mind for this position.
Author or Writer
If you want to turn your writing into a career, it's a good idea to study journalism, English, communications or a related field. Most of all, you need impressive writing samples and the ability to conduct great research to get started. Then, don't forget about connecting with readers!
This probably seems like too much fun to be a real job, but being a gaming manager isn’t as easy as it sounds. You must be able to read the crowd and encourage fun while still enforcing the rules. With a lot of money on the table, plenty of people are always looking for ways to cheat. If you don’t stay sharp, they could slip some tricks past you.
As you may have guessed, this job actually requires some serious schooling. Not only will you need a bachelor's degree, but you will also need a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Top it off with a passing grade on some examinations, and you're good to go!
Water Vessel Team
Ever dreamed of living on a boat — and getting paid for it? Turns out, you could make this happen! All you need are some transportation and merchant credentials, at least a year of training and experience navigating the seas.
Criminal Investigator or Detective
If you love mystery and crime novels, it might be hard to believe all those fictional P.I.’s have jobs that are actually real. To work in this field, you need a degree in criminal justice, related work experience and proper licensing. Of course, a sharp eye for clues is also essential.
Like any artist, the most important part of a makeup artist's resume is the portfolio. Without impressive examples of past work, no one will hire you. These days, a portfolio is pretty much synonymous with an Instagram or YouTube account. If you're serious about doing makeup, get the camera ready before you start.
Music, Drama or Art Teacher
Unless you only give private lessons, you will need a bachelor's degree in the corresponding subject for this profession, along with a teaching certificate. It's probably a good idea to like working with kids, although you can also find jobs teaching adults. Either way, teaching requires patience and enthusiasm, which are not characteristics everyone has.
Public Relations Manager
Working in PR requires a high level of public speaking ability and impeccable presentation skills. A bachelor's degree is also a must, along with examples of past campaigns that have been successful. As a public relations manager, you spend a lot of time managing and supervising others, so excellent people skills are required.
Health, Environment or Safety Engineering Manager
With a mean income above $100,000, this job is getting up there in terms of good pay. You must have a bachelor's degree, several years of management experience and extensive knowledge in the specific field. You can generally add a few certifications to that as well, depending on the exact field.
Video or Film Editor
A bachelor's degree is a good place to start when it comes to a job in video editing, along with certifications in software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Illustrator and Photoshop. You must also be able to work well with others and take instruction from project directors, even if it goes against your vision.
Elementary or Secondary Education Administrator
Any type of job in education can be a tough one. Working with children is never easy, after all. In education administration, however, you get to put a bit of distance between you and the screaming, biting and misbehaving, while still having the power to impact children’s lives for the better.
Mediator, Arbitrator or Conciliator
All three of these jobs deal with conflict and conflict resolution. No matter if your exact job title is mediator, arbitrator or conciliator, you must be able to look at a problem with a critical eye, have high emotional intelligence and not be afraid to deal with distraught individuals.
Library Services Director
If you think working in a library means you get to read books all day long, you might be in for some disappointment. As a library services director, you have the responsibility of overseeing staff and customers, managing day-to-day functions of the library and making sure your services are all up to date.
Airline Captain or Pilot
Yes, this job pays well — for good reason. Airline pilots and captains are responsible for the safety of all the passengers on a flight, and a lot goes into ensuring a smooth flight. You must determine appropriate speeds and routes and be constantly aware of flight rules and regulations.
Funeral Services Manager
Jobs related to death and funerals have such a creepy reputation that people often don't realize just how well they pay. As a funeral services manager, you are the one supporting families in their time of grief, filing the necessary paperwork and organizing the desired funeral for the deceased.
If space and the stars have always fascinated you, consider pursuing a career as an astronomer. It might sound a little impractical — what does an astronomer actually do? — but if you earn a Ph.D., publish your own work and get some experience under your belt, it’s a position that allows you to explore the limits of your imagination (to infinity and beyond, perhaps?).
Broadcast News Analyst
Rather than do the footwork to get the story, a broadcast news analyst simply presents the story to the public. It's not as easy as it sounds, however. You've got to have incredibly honed public speaking skills, the ability to think on your feet should something go wrong during a live broadcast and a way with words that allows viewers to understand you.
If an artist is the one who creates inspiring artwork, then the art director is the one who makes that artwork available to the world. This means designing showings that are in line with the creator's vision, getting publicity for an event and handling every detail within the limits of a project budget.
Human Resources Manager
If you want to be a human resources manager, you need to get a bachelor's degree, get the appropriate human resource certifications and then get some experience. In this role, you do a little bit of everything, from interviewing job candidates and coordinating benefit plans to resolving conflicts and issues between employees. It's a lot of responsibility, but it pays very well.
Wowza! Now that's one impressive average salary. Software developers make a lot of money because they know how to do something that most people don’t understand. They create new software for clients according to specific goals and then test the software to make sure it works correctly. To do it well, you have to have some good programming chops, or your software will be full of issues.
If you’re a science nerd who likes the idea of splitting your time between a lab and the great outdoors, consider a career as a geophysicist. This esteemed profession involves conducting experiments, testing and measuring land features, and mapping out the areas in question.