This is a post by staff writer Yazmin Cruz.
While searching a free database at Salary.com, I came up on some enviable jobs. Some are unusual, some are quirky, but they all fall into the category of… Wait a minute, you get paid to do that?! Below I share ten covetable jobs plus their job requirements and median salary.
Horse exerciser – Like the name indicates, these people ride horses to exercise and condition them for racing. A high school diploma is required along with at least 7 years of experience in the field or in a related area. This job is great for horse lovers! The median expected salary in the U.S. is $50,691. Yeehaw!
Keno manager – Awesome job for people who are good at casino games! The person directs and oversees keno game activities including scanning of winning tickets, number drawing, reporting, and calculation of prize money. This job may require a high school diploma or its equivalent and at least 5 years of experience in the field or in a related area. The median salary is $53,562.
Pipefitter – Good with your hands? Consider working as a pipefitter. They assemble and repair pipe systems of various shapes, sizes, and pressures. The job requires a high school diploma or its equivalent and up to 2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. The median salary is $41,367.
Model Maker – It’s like playing with wood blocks! Remember them from kindergarten? A model maker creates, designs, and constructs tools and parts in a variety of materials such as wood and plastic. They use blueprints, drawings, and/or CAD designs to create models. These people may also be required to perform minor repair on model making machinery. The job requires a high school degree and 2 to 5 years of experience in the field. The median salary is $48,280.
Farrier – Ok, maybe I’m just obsessed with horses, but how cool would it be to put shoes on them? Aren’t horseshoes supposed to bring you luck? A farrier may be required to complete an apprenticeship and jobs usually require up to 2 years of experience in the field. The median salary is $21,068. Quite low, no?
Rock Splitter – Separate blocks of rough dimension stone from quarry mass, using jackhammers, wedges, and feathers. Who knew this could be done? Sounds like something you’d do in a science class. The job may require a high school diploma or its equivalent and up to 2 years of experience in the field. The median salary is $27,514.
Animal groomer and bather – Not a very unusual job, but a fun one for animal lovers. This job may require a high school diploma or its equivalent and up to 2 years of experience in the field. The median salary is $30,838 — more than a farrier or rock splitter!
Fabric/ Apparel Patternmaker – You’ll need lots of creativity for this one! Apparel Patternmakers create foundry patterns from various materials. The job requires a high school diploma or its equivalent and 2-4 years of experience in the field or in a related area. The median salary is $43,333.
Biomedical Photographer – Photograph patients, operating room procedures, and autopsy specimens (Yikes!). They also design layouts and materials for special projects. Selects the most technically correct, cost effective and efficient method for photographing subjects. The job requires a high school diploma or its equivalent and 2-4 years of related experience. May require a technical certification. The median salary is $49,145.
Motor Racer – Vroom, vroom! Drive an automobile racing car in competition road races. No formal education is required, you just need to know the sport’s practices, policies, rules and regulations. The median salary is $49,145 — same as the biomedical photographer.
What job sounds interesting to you? Are there other enviable jobs I missed? Hey, maybe you have an enviable job, let me know what you do in the comments below.
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