What are some of the most interesting jobs in the world that also pay well?
While there are stories on the Internet about hippotherapists, fragrance technicians and theme park characters, many people would rather opt for a mainstream job that keeps their interest and pays the bills with a lot left over for trips, homes, cars and savings.
U.S. News and World Report had a story in 2015 about 15 Awesome Jobs that Pay More than $90K.The bonus is that these professions are hiring new talent all the time.
One thing to note about these jobs is that many of them require advanced education and training. But we will discuss later some interesting jobs you can get with a high school diploma.
The top job on this list is physician, which pays internists an average of $188,000 a year. And as physicians progress in their careers, they can earn more than that. This job can be stressful and can require long hours, but it is rewarding not just for the money and prestige but because doctors help people.
The next top awesome job, according to U.S. News and World Report, is dentist. Dentists earned an average of $165,000 in 2013. Again, a lot of education and training are needed, but the rewards go beyond monetary because dentists help people a lot.
Marketing managers earn an average of $134,000 and need only have a bachelor’s degree in marketing or business administration to land a job.
IT managers typically earn about $130,000 per year and can even land a job with an associate’s degree and a lot of work experience. However, Study.com says many companies require IT managers to have bachelor’s degree or even a master’s degree.
Another job that U.S. News says is a plum position is attorney. Lawyers made on average about $131,000 in 2013. An advanced degree is needed to succeed in this profession.
Not everyone is inclined to go to college for 8 years or more, though. And some people have a more creative bent to their thinking. What about them?
There is the position of art director or designer for a magazine, newspaper or other media outlet. They earn a median salary of $85,000 and oversee production of art for publications, TV shows, films, ad campaigns, websites or products.
Another position in which a person can be creative is public relations specialist, who earn a median salary of about $56,000 as of 2013. They can be spokespeople for public figures, for sports teams or companies, museums or almost any large organization. A big part of a public relations specialist’s job these days is to manage social media campaigns on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, blogs and other organs.
Anthropologists and a subset, archaeologists, are social scientists who study humanity and intersection of humans and their environment in past times. They usually need an advanced degree to land a job, but once there they earn a median salary of $59,280, says U.S. News.
“Anthropologists often only specialize in a few areas: sociocultural anthropology, which examines culture; biological anthropology, which examines the ways in which humans relate to the biological world; and linguistic anthropology, which studies languages’ relationships with humanity,” the article states.
Archaeologists study human history and prehistory by digging artifacts, bones, fossils and flora and fauna out of the earth, and analyzing them in the laboratory to determine how people lived in the past.
While anthropology and archaeology can be fascinating fields, there are expected to be only 300 additional jobs in these areas by 2024.
Teaching is a profession where the rewards of helping people and the interest the job holds may even outweigh the financial rewards. You don’t often hear a teacher say he’s in it for the money. Elementary school teachers earn a median salary of $54,120 and there are expected to be tens of thousands of new jobs in it by 2024. And a teacher can get hired with a bachelor’s degree, though many go on to get higher degrees while they work.
High school and middle school teachers earn roughly the same amount of money as elementary teachers, and the growth in those areas is expected to be great over the next 8 years.
Working with your hands
If you like to work with your hands and still want to earn a decent salary, the trades may be the place for you. These occupations can require formal education plus on-the-job apprenticeships, but the satisfaction from building something or helping people can pay off in a big way.
Some of the fields include
And several other types of jobs, including fabricators, painters, sheet metal workers and construction laborers. All of these fields are expected to add upwards of 10,000 and many will add a lot more than that through 2024.
Careers without college
What if you don’t want to spend even 4 years in college? First, we would caution that while college costs money, it can also pay off handsomely over a lifetime. Check out this graphic from CareerCast.com:
This chart is from the CareerCast.com article 20 Great Jobs Without A College Degree.
Dental hygienists, who do need some schooling, earned on average $68,000 in 2012. Online advertising sales managers earned $87,000. Paralegal assistants, who can get some fascinating work, earned about $47,000. Court reporters, many of whom fascinating court cases, earned about $48,000.
Kiplinger.com says one interesting job that people can get with just a high school diploma is commercial pilot, with a median salary of $73,000. To work for an airline, you usually need a bachelor’s degree. To be a commercial pilot, you do need 290 flight time, plus get licenses for various ratings.
But you could work in the interesting fields of aviation in rescue operations, firefighting, crop dusting, aerial photography or charter flights.
As we said in this Viter Energy blog  about the work-life balance, it's a good idea to simulate your commute to work. You don't have to drive in to work, so instead take a walk around the block just before your workday starts and just after it ends. Send yourself a psychological signal.
And if you can avoid it, do not work after your walk around the block. Don't check work email. Don't answer calls from co-workers unless you really need to talk to them (or they are friends you socialize with).
Clinical psychologist Kelcey Stratton of Michigan Health Blog  has some sound advice on finding the right time to work:
If you’re a morning person, try to schedule important work and meetings during the first half of the day. Others may peak with energy in the afternoon. Depending on the type of job you have, try to maximize on these levels as you can.
The first bit of advice is to get up from the computer, turn off your phone, and go get some exercise, do something recreational, prepare a meal, or something other than work, on the same schedule as you did when you worked at the brick-and-mortar office.
If you used to get off at 5 p.m., quit working at home at 5. You might need to check email or prepare a report later that night, but be sure to get away from all electronic communications and computing devices for a while.
Another big tip is to take your coffee breaks and lunch breaks on the same schedule, or at least be sure to take them at some point. Do not skip your favorite part of the day!