5 Fun Jobs That Still Pay a Decent Salary

Most of us will spend a good majority of our lives working. Whether it’s a part-time job, a career, or something in between, work is a part of our lives. If there’s one life lesson I’ve learned, it’s that you should enjoy what you do. If you’re going to be working for so many years, might as well have some fun.

Some people are focused on making as much as possible, but today I’m going to show you five jobs where you can make a good living doing something interesting or fun.

5 Jobs That Pay Well, While Still Being Fulfilling

When it comes to that perfect job, you have to weigh your options. Do you want something that helps other people, or do you want something in a specific field that will be fun for you? Oftentimes, fun and fulfilling can be two sides of the same coin.

If you find yourself in between jobs and in need of credit repair companies, you’ll always find help at www.debtsteps.com. In the meantime, to get your finances on track, here are five jobs where you can have fun and do something memorable with your time.

1. Ethical Hacker

If you’re computer savvy and you want to become a hacker, this could be a great job path for you. Hacking sounds fun and intense, but it can land you in deep trouble if you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. Thankfully, those skills can be put to better use as an ethical hacker.

This job can pay extremely well, as you’ll be hired by companies to find and plug holes in their security. This position is also known as a “white hat hacker” as opposed to a black hat, which are the kind you’re trying to stop through your work.

To get started in this field, you’ll need to have IT experience. You can get that from typical jobs or even by working in the military. Once you’ve gotten certifications in Network+ or CCNA, you can climb the ladder to other security certifications and higher positions. The ultimate goal is earning a Certified Ethical Hacker Certification from the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants.

Once you have that, you can start looking for ethical hacker jobs. This position can pay anywhere from $24,000 to upwards of $111,000 depending on where you’re working.

2. Chief Listening Officer

If you’re someone who likes listening to others and solving problems, this is an excellent position for you. In this position, you’ll work with the social media team of a company to monitor the platforms they use and see what people are saying about the brand.

According to Forbes magazine, this job didn’t exist ten years ago, but in a world where social media helps brands listen and understand their customers, it’s more important than ever. To qualify for a position like this, you’ll need to have experience with public relations, communications, marketing, and business. A degree in any of these will get your foot in the door.

You’ll also be pleased to know that it makes between $31,000 and $95,000 per year!

3. Hollywood Stunt Person

While there’s no degree for stunt driving or being a stunt double, you can probably imagine how fun it would be to perform in movies. You’ll need to gather experience and join the Screen Actors Guild to get your foot in the door. Jobs like being an extra will be a good place to start.

You can also use these gigs to introduce yourself to the stunt coordinator and give them your resume/headshot in case they ever need any help. It’s all about putting yourself out there and networking, but this awesome job pays pretty well. You’ll start out making several thousand dollars per year, and eventually you can make an average of $70,000 a year or more!

4. Voice Actor

Whether it’s narrating a commercial or being the main character in an animated film, being a voice actor is an awesome way to make a living. You can start as a freelance actor to build a portfolio and make your way up in the world that way.

You should also consider seeing a voice coach and building up your knowledge of how to interpret scripts or changing your voice for different roles. You could also look into joining a union at some point.

If you land some solid roles, this job can pay really well. Again, it’s one of those things where you’ll need to build up a portfolio first.

5. Food Critic

Our final job is one that anyone can enjoy. Being able to eat and review delicious meals sounds like the perfect career. In terms of education, you’ll really just need a degree in English or communication so you can write detailed reviews.

Once you have a bachelor’s degree, you can start looking for work with newspapers and online blogs. Once you’ve gotten into the field, you can expect a salary of $37,720 on average. Meals of course, are included.

Final Thoughts 

What do you think of these careers? Do any of them look like something you would want to do? Let us know in the comments!


Trevor Matthews is an online finance blogger with over a decade of experience helping people better understand things like credit and budgeting.
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