Lucrative Jobs you Probably didn't Know About

By: Maria
 

You probably wouldn’t have thought about having most of these occupations as a career path. It is most likely that your career guidance counselor wouldn't mention any. However, each of these unique jobs offers you a way to pay the bills and carve out a career on a less-trodden path. 

 

    

A few of these occupations would require formal qualifications while others just need a desire and passion or a quirky interest.  So, without further ado, let’s see which career paths will lead to a surprisingly lucrative future

    

Number 10. Professional mermaid. 

   

When you're a professional mermaid, you can earn up to $250 per hour. That's not bad cash for looking beautiful in a mermaid suit. Its qualifications would include the ability to swim and have the required look for mermaiding. 

    

Mermaiding is a seemingly new profession where some of the first professional mermaids, like Hannah Mermaid, were first to make a splash on the international mermaid scene last 2004. Mermaiding is sometimes referred to as water ballet and is not to be confused with modern synchronized swimming. 

 

No formal qualifications are required, and potential mermaids should keep in mind this is definitely not a long-term career. As you as a mermaid age, you would generally find work more difficult to find on the open seas. 

    

Number 9. Professional psychics. 

    

You can earn up to $41,000 per year. If there is one position that seems to weather the storms of financial insecurity, that is of the supernatural fortune-teller. 

    

With no formal qualifications or education required, you will, however, need to have acquired the basics of showmanship and build a following of firm believers ready to trust your every word. 

    

Armed with a set of tarot cards or a crystal ball, you will be able to predict the future for your clients and put them at ease in times of emotional or financial stress. 

    

With such supernatural powers at their disposal, we expect many in this profession also play the stock market as a part-timer while they just keep reading fortunes for fun. Right? 

    

Number 8. Embalmer. 

    

It's one of the world’s oldest known professions that have you netting $46,000 for dressing stiffs. You will be required to prepare the deceased before burial, following the wishes of relatives. 

 

The advantages of this occupation are that you will never find work drying up as people have a habit of dying quite regularly. The disadvantages are it is just really kinda creepy and talking about occupations on first dates might be a no-no. 

    

Embalmers are not required to hold undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications and usually enter the profession through a family mortician business. 

    

Number 7. Soil Conservationist.

    

As an expert in turf and soil and with a median salary of $66,000, this position will guarantee to get your hands on some really "dirty cash". The roles in this nature-driven position will be the development of plans to prevent erosion and implement practices for sustainable land use. 

    

You will perform land surveys within the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sectors. Most people who enter into the field of soil conservation will have an undergraduate degree in agricultural science or environmental studies and will be simply nuts about soil, mud, and the ways of land in general. 

    

Number 6. Clinical Ethicist. 

    

With an average salary of $72,385, this position manages contentious medical issues such as euthanasia and stem cell research. Medical issues that cross over into the political and religious scene would require independent experts to weigh up issues and provide an unbiased input. 

    

This contribution helps doctors, patients, and loved ones to resolve complex issues. Post-graduate studies in medical ethics and experience in the medical field will qualify a person for this interesting yet complex position in the medical industry. 

    

Number 5. Airplane Repo Man. 

    

From $10,000 to $100,000 per airplane can be earned by the repo men who collect aircraft. Let's just say that the owner has fallen behind on payments, he’s been sent several warnings, and it’s time to call in the repo man. This job is so totally cool as seen on The Discovery Channel that made a show about it. 

    

Airplane Repo follows the repossession agents hired by financial institutions to recover aircraft from those who fall behind on their payments. You will probably need some expert knowledge of aircraft for this position. You might need to know how to fly and have enough courage to apply for a position in the A-team to boot. 

    

Number 4. Voice-Over artists. 

    

These guys can earn from $50-80,000 per year. Voice-over, also known as off-stage or off-camera commentary, is a production technique used in radio, television, filmmaking, theatre, video games, and animation. 

    

The only qualifications you will need for this job are a good clear reading voice and the ability to comprehend sometimes complex and challenging texts. There are no formal studies required, and you can practice and publish your work on a social media platform like a YouTube channel. 

    

Number 3. Enterostomal Therapist. 

    

This position could net you up to $85,000 a year. It may require a specific skill that is in demand yet might be considered a little bit disgusting. To apply, you will be from a medical field and be an expert in the cutting of the small intestine through the abdomen. You will then create an opening through the abdominal wall and the intestine in which the fecal matter will be drained into a feeding tube. 

    

Are you still interested? 

    

The operation is required usually in severe cases of abdomen wounds and with serious diseases such as cancer and Crohn’s disease. The Enterostomal therapist will be needed to take care of post-surgery matters like educating the patient on a care program. 

    

If you want to be an applicant, you are required to have a strong stomach and an associate's or bachelor’s degree along with nursing certifications. 

    

Number 2. Flavorists. 

    

Flavorists create, as you would imagine, flavors, and can earn up to $100,000 per year. Sounds pretty sweet, no? 

 

Also known as a flavor chemist, flavorist engineers natural and artificial flavors to add to food products. The equipment to be used will be similar to those used by perfumers, except your ingredients must be fit for human consumption. 

    

The educational requirements for this profession are varied, but usually, a good degree in Chemistry, Biology, or food science is required. With that said, most training is done on the job in an apprentice environment. 

    

Number 1. Prosthodontists. 

 

This position can earn up to $197,000 a year and, according to the BLS, involves replacing missing teeth and other acquired and natural deformation of the jaw and mouth. Their role is also to restore and maintain oral function such as chewing and speaking. Another task is to improve the patient's overall appearance. This is the highest paying of our surprisingly lucrative occupations

    

Only around 430 prosthodontists exist in the USA, making this position a surprisingly lucrative one to move into. Aspiring individuals will need to graduate from dental school and complete a postgraduate program in prosthodontics. 

    

So what do you think would be the coolest and most lucrative job to land? 

 
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