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Last Updated on April 27, 2018

20 Most Fun Jobs in the World (That Also Pay Well)

20 Most Fun Jobs in the World (That Also Pay Well)

While working is often viewed as a torturing process to make both ends meet, it doesn’t actually need to be like this. Some jobs are dull and tediou, others are fun, interesting and enjoyable. And the pay is awesome too!

To help you find a fun job that makes your life more interesting, here I’ve got you a list of 20 fun jobs in the world that pay well. You may soon regret not reading this earlier.

1. Ferrari Driving Instructor

    How fun is it? To be paid to drive a Ferrari while others save so hard just to do so.

    How well does it pay? From $90,000 to $120,000 a year

    Requirement: Extensive experience in professional racing and expert training.

    2. Video Game Player

      How fun is it? To play video games for a living as if we are having our leisure time 24/7.

      How well does it pay? $50,000 a year, dependent on the demand

      Requirement:

      • Be really good at the game. Not normal type of good but MLG level of greatness.
      • Have a huge love for video games.

      3. Private Island Caretaker

        How fun is it?

        • Very own piece of nature
        • Very own solitude
        • Embark on your very own adventure on an island

        How well does it pay? Up to $100,000 a year

        Requirement:

        • Good Swimmer.
        • Passionate in water sports.
        • Adventurous.
        • Highly communicative in writing to promote the island and weekly report back to headquarters

        4. Food Stylist

          How fun is it?

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          • Turn edible things into a piece of art, preparing and styling them for photo-shooting of magazines and cookery books.
          • You may need to brush on some tender chicken and most importantly, after all the “makeup” and “dressing”, they are still okay to eat!

          How well does it pay? $77,000 a year

          Requirement:

          • A great aesthetic sense.
          • Profound knowledge on food.

          5. Voice Actors

            How fun is it?

            • Get paid by making funny voices.
            • Wear whatever you want in the studio (Pajamas, cosplay costumes, … you name it!)

            How well does it pay? Up to $80,000, dependent on the experience

            Requirement:

            • A great voice and a great control of voice

            6. Unexploded Ordnance Technician

              How fun is it? Get paid blowing up things!

              How well does it pay? A stunning $150,000 a year

              Requirement:

              • Professional Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) qualifications

              7. Ethical Hacker

                How fun is it? Hired to legally hack into computer systems (and be proud of doing so).

                How well does it pay? $100,000 to $140,000

                Requirement:

                • Certified Ethical Hacker qualification
                • Global Information Assurance Certificate (GIAC) Penetration tester qualification
                • Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) qualification

                8. Crossword Puzzle Writer

                  How fun is it? Design your own mind-blowing crossword on newspaper and lead the readers to a maze of words.

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                  How well does it pay? $70,000 a year

                  Requirement:

                  • Extensive knowledge on wide-ranging vocabulary
                  • Able to meet tight schedule

                  9. Video Game Designer

                    How fun is it? Unleash your creativity and make your own video game

                    How Well Does It Pay? Around $80,000 a year, dependent on experience

                    Requirement:

                    • Minimum a higher diploma in video game design or computer science. Preferably a bachelor degree.
                    • Enthusiasm and knowledge on video games.

                    10. Blimp Pilot

                      How fun is it? Fly an eye-catching blimp all day to get your paycheck.

                      How well does it pay? $70,000 a year

                      Requirement:

                      • Preferably over 1,200 hours of flight time
                      • Preferably a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate
                      • Preferably a commercial rating

                      11. Toy Designer

                        How fun is it? Realize your kidult dream and design toys for the real kids.

                        How well does it pay? Approximately $70,000 a year

                        Requirement:

                        • A degree in any field related to toy design
                        • Great passion in toys and how toys make children happy
                        • Knowledge of toys kids at varied ages love to play

                        12. Fortune Cookie Writer

                          How fun is it? Spread your wit and wisdom by writing some one-liners that can not only appeal to but also teach others.

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                          How well does it pay? Up to $70,000 a year

                          Requirement:

                          • With a tremendous amount of ideas. You have to be really prolific to make sure the 3 billion fortune cookies produced each year has a message inside.

                          13. Hollywood Stunt Person

                            How fun is it? Find yourself on the screens in movie theatres, receiving “Wow!”s and applause from the audience.

                            How well does it pay? Up to $100,000 a year, highly dependent on the scale of the movie, experience and the nature of the stunts.

                            Requirement:

                            • Obtained the membership of Joint Industry Stunt Committee Register of Stunt Performers and Coordinators
                            • Excellent physical fitness

                            14. Disneyland Face Character

                              How fun is it? Ever thought of being a Disneyland character? Now you are one. Dress up as your favorite childhood cartoon characters and play as them. (It could be tough though when you had to work under the big costume.)

                              How well does it pay? – Around $32,000 a year

                              Requirement:

                              • Strict height and appearance regulations
                              • Able to impersonate a character
                              • Love children and know how to cater to their needs

                              15. Food Critic

                                How fun is it?

                                • Totally free-of-charge dining experience. Never need to worry where to eat and the budget now.
                                • Chefs and servers giving their best to impress you.

                                How well does it pay? $47,000 a year

                                Requirement:

                                • Outstanding culinary knowledge and sensitive to taste and aroma
                                • Familiar with the workflow in a restaurant
                                • Excellent communication (writing) skills, preferably with a degree in communication, journalism or related fields
                                • Attention to details

                                16. Ice Cream Taster

                                  How fun is it? An unlimited supply of the ice-cold heart-softening delicacy.

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                                  How well does it pay? $60,000 a year

                                  Requirement:

                                  • A degree in food science
                                  • Extraordinary love for ice cream (as you will be having it almost every meal every day)

                                  17. Race Engineer

                                    How fun is it? Closely monitor the race car performance and communicate with the driver. You are actually part of the race!

                                    How well does it pay? $134,000 a year

                                    Requirement:

                                    • A degree in Mathematics and Physics
                                    • Able to work under immense pressure as half a second delayed response can cost a match
                                    • Deep understanding of the racing industry

                                    18. Sommelier

                                      How fun is it?

                                      • Drink wine and recommend them for a living
                                      • Travel around the world to source new wines

                                      How well does it pay? Base annual salary is around $40,000 but a master sommelier can earn up to $150,000 a year.[1]

                                      Requirement:

                                      • Extensive knowledge of wine
                                      • Highly sensitive to taste and smell
                                      • Great communication skills

                                      19. Social Media Professional

                                        How fun is it? While you usually scroll through Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram in your spare time, you now do it at work for a living.

                                        How well does it pay? From $55,000 to $83,000 a year, dependent on experience and duties

                                        Requirement:

                                        • Familiar with the latest trend and different social media platforms
                                        • Extensive knowledge in marketing

                                        20. Radio and Television Announcer

                                          How fun is it?

                                          • Working on-air live definitely offers you rush of adreanaline
                                          • Able to meet celebrities and politicians, and even interview them
                                          • On some occasions, you are invited for some free food and to different events

                                          How well does it pay? Around $45,000 a year

                                          Requirement:

                                          • A degree in journalism, broadcasting or related fields
                                          • Specialized knowledge is sometimes required if you are in specific domain
                                          • Outstanding communication and able to work under immense pressure (e.g. don’t stutter and get nervous in an interview with a Hollywood star!)

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                                          13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

                                          13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

                                          Are you having trouble sticking to a family budget? You aren’t alone.

                                          Budgeting is difficult. Creating one is hard enough, but actually sticking to it is a whole other issue. Things come up. Desires and cravings happen. And the next thing you know, budgets break.

                                          So how can you stick to a family budget? Here are 13 tips to make it easier.

                                          1. Choose a major category each month to attack

                                          As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” With that in mind, one approach to help you get into the habit of sticking to a budget is simply starting slow.

                                          Spend too much on Starbucks runs, eat out too often, and have an out-of-this-world grocery bill? Choose one bad habit and attack.

                                          By choosing one behavior to focus on, you’ll prevent yourself from being overwhelmed. You’ll also experience small victories, which help you gain positive momentum. This momentum can then carry over into your overall budget.

                                          2. Only make major purchases in the morning

                                          If you’re making large purchases in the evening, there’s a good chance you’re doing so after a long day and you’re probably tired.

                                          Why does this matter? Because our judgement tends to be off when tired – our willpower is compromised.

                                          Instead, only make major purchasing decisions in the morning when you’re energized and refreshed. Your brain will be firing on all cylinders and your resolve will be high. You’re less likely to give in and settle at this point.

                                          3. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry

                                          Have trouble with impulse buys at the grocery store? If so, there’s a good chance you’re going grocery shopping while hungry.

                                          The problem here is that when you’re hungry, everything looks good. So you’re more likely to make split decisions on things that aren’t on your grocery list.

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                                          Instead, make sure you eat prior to your grocery store trip. Then take your list, along with your full stomach, and go shopping. Notice how food doesn’t look quite so good when you’re not fighting cravings.

                                          4. Read one-star reviews for products

                                          Is there a product you just have to have (but maybe not really)? Check out the one-star reviews.

                                          By reading all the horrible reviews, you may be able to basically trick yourself into deciding that the product isn’t worth your time and money.

                                          Next thing you know, you didn’t make the purchase, you saved the money, and you feel good about the decision.

                                          5. Never buy anything you put in an online shopping cart until the next day

                                          If you are making a purchase online, it’s typically a two-step process. First, you click “Add to Cart” and then you go in to review your cart and pay.

                                          The problem is that there not typically much reviewing during step two. It’s generally click pay and there you go. However, this is the perfect point to stop for reflection.

                                          Once you add to your cart, your best bet is to step away until the next day. Let the item sit there and grow cold, so to speak.

                                          This gives you a night to “sleep on it” and decide if you really want and need to spend that money. If you wake up the next day and still find the purchase viable, then perhaps it’s time to go for it.

                                          6. Don’t save your credit card info on any site you shop on

                                          One of the other pitfalls of shopping online is that fact that most sites ask you to save your credit card information.

                                          While the sites will frame it as a method of convenience, the truth is they know you’ll spend more money in the long run if your credit card information is saved.

                                          The “convenience” takes away one last decision-making point in the purchasing process. True, it’s a pain to get out your credit card and enter the information every time. But guess what? That’s the point. If that inconvenience helps you stay on budget, then it’s worth it. Which leads into the next tip.

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                                          7. Tape an “impulse buy” reminder to your credit card

                                          Credit cards make spending much easier than cash. When you spend cash, you can literally see your wallet emptying. A credit card comes out, then goes back in. No harm, no foul.

                                          That’s why it’s a good idea to tape a reminder to your credit card. Customize a message that is something along the lines of “do you really need this?” or “does it fit the budget?”

                                          That way when you pull out the card, you get one last reminder to help you question your decision and stick to your budget.

                                          8. Only use gift cards to shop on Amazon

                                          Amazon is probably the easiest place online to blow money. It’s just so easy to click and buy. However, one way you can slow the process down is buy only using gift cards. Here’s how it works.

                                          If you plan on making a purchase on Amazon, go to the grocery store and purchase a pre-loaded Amazon gift card of the proper amount. There’s no convenience fee, so you literally pay for the money you’ll spend.

                                          Now take that gift card home and load it to your Amazon account. There’s your money to spend.

                                          Why does this help? It makes you have to purposely go to the score and purchase the card in order to purchase the item. That’s a pretty deliberate thing that takes some time, commitment, and thought.

                                          This process will effectively kill the impulse buy.

                                          9. Budget using cash and envelopes

                                          As mentioned earlier, it’s a lot harder to spend cash than swipe a credit card. You can take this even farther by using only cash, and separating that cash by budget category.

                                          Create an envelope for each category and stick the cash in there at the beginning of each month. When the envelope is empty, no more spending on that category, unless you borrow from another (be careful of that approach).

                                          This can be pretty helpful for people that have a hard time following transactions in their checking account, or keeping a budgeting spreadsheet.

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                                          The envelopes simplify the tracking process, leaving no room for error. Nothing hides from you because it’s tangible in the envelopes in front of you.

                                          10. Join a like-minded group

                                          Making the decision to stick to something like budgeting is difficult. It takes long-term commitment.

                                          You’re going to feel weak sometimes. And sometimes you may fail. That said, support from others can help strengthen resolve.

                                          Support can come from a spouse or a friend, but they won’t always have the exact same goal in mind. That’s why it’s a good idea to join a support group that’s likeminded.

                                          No need to pay here, as there are tons of free communities that fit the bill online.

                                          For example, reddit has multiple subreddits that deal with budgeting and frugal living. You can follow, subscribe, and get active in those communities.

                                          This will open your eyes to new tips and strategies, keep your goal fresh on your mind, and help you realize there are others dealing with the same struggles and being successful.

                                          11. Reward Yourself

                                          When you set a budget, it’s usually with a large goal in mind. Maybe you want to be debt free, or perhaps you want to see $10,000 in your savings account.

                                          Whatever the case, the end goal is great, but the end is often far away, making it hard to see the end of the tunnel.

                                          With that in mind, it’s a good idea to set mini-goals along the way. This helps you still look at the big picture but have something that’s attainable in the short-term to help with momentum.

                                          But don’t stop there – set rewards for yourself when you reach that small goal. Maybe it’s an extra meal out. Or a new pair of shoes.

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                                          Whatever the case, this gives you something in the near future to look forward to, which can help with the fatigue that can result in pursuing long-term goals.

                                          12. Take the Buddhist approach

                                          You don’t have to be a Buddhist to recognize some of the wisdom in the teachings. One of the tenets of the philosophy involves accepting that we can’t have everything we want. And that’s okay.

                                          Sometimes you won’t feel good. Sometimes you’ll have cravings. You can’t deny them. But you can recognize them, accept them, and let them pass by. Then you move on.

                                          Apply this to the times you want to do things that will break your budget. You’re going to have the desire to eat out when you shouldn’t. You might want to stay out and spend too much at happy hour with your work friends.

                                          The feelings will come. Recognize them, accept them, but let them go.

                                          13. Set up automatic drafts to savings

                                          If you wait until you’ve spent all your budgeted money to deposit money into savings, guess what? You probably aren’t going to put any money into savings.

                                          It’s too easy to see that as extra money and end up using it to treat yourself.

                                          Instead, set up automatic savings withdrawals. That way, the money is marked and gone before you can even think about it. It becomes a non-issue. It’s no longer “extra.” It’s just savings.

                                          Conclusion

                                          Sticking to a budget can be difficult. No one is denying that.

                                          However, if you can do a few things to set yourself up for success, and put some practices in place to curb impulse buys, then you can (and will!) be successful sticking to your family budget.

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