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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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                                          Last Updated on August 20, 2019

                                          How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                          How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                          Finances can push anyone to the point of extreme anxiety and worry. Easier said than done, planning finances is not an egg meant for everyone’s basket. And that’s why most of us are often living pay check to pay check. But did anyone tell you that it is actually not a tough task to meet your financial goals?

                                          In this article, we will explore ways on how to set financial goals and then actually meet them with ease.

                                          5 Steps to Set Financial Goals

                                          Though setting financial goals might seem to be a daunting task but if one has the will and clarity of thought, it is rather easy. Try using these steps:

                                          1. Be Clear About the Objectives

                                          Any goal (let alone financial) without a clear objective is nothing more than a pipe dream. And this couldn’t be more true for financial matters.

                                          It is often said that savings is nothing but deferred consumption. Therefore if you are saving today, then you should be crystal clear about what it is for. It could be anything like kid’s education, retirement, marriage, that dream vacation, fancy car etc.

                                          Once the objective is clear, put a monetary value to that objective and the time frame. The important point at this step of goal setting is to list all the objectives, however small they may be, that you foresee in the future and put a value to it.

                                          2. Keep Them Realistic

                                          It’s good to be an optimistic person but being a pollyanna is not desirable. Similarly, while it might be a good thing to keep your financial goals a bit aggressive, going out of the line will definitely hurt your chances of achieving them.

                                          It’s important that you keep your goals realistic in nature for it will help you stay the course and keep you motivated throughout the journey.

                                          3. Account for Inflation

                                          Ronald Reagan once said – “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hitman”. And this quote sums up the best what inflation could do your financial goals.

                                          Therefore account for inflation whenever you are putting a monetary value to a financial objective that is far away in the future.

                                          For example, if one of your financial goal is your son’s college education, which is 15 years hence, then inflation would increase the monetary burden by more than 50% if inflation is mere 3%. So always account for inflation.

                                          4. Short Term vs Long Term

                                          Just like every calorie is not the same, the approach towards achieving every financial goal will not be the same. It is important to bifurcate goals in short term and long term.

                                          As a rule of thumb, any financial goal, which is due in next 3 years should be termed as short term goal. Any longer duration goals are to be classified as long term goals. This bifurcation of goals into short term vs long term will help in choosing the right investment instrument to achieve them.

                                          More on this later when we talk about how to achieve financial goals.

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                                          5. To Each to His Own

                                          The journey of setting financial goals is an individualistic affair i.e. your goals are your own goals and are determined by your want to achieve them. A lot of times we get on the bandwagon of goal setting only to realize later on that it was not meant for us.

                                          It is important that your goals are actually your goals and not inspired by someone else. Take a hard look at this step at all the goals you’ve set for after this step, you will be on the way to achieve them.

                                          By now, you would be ready with your financial goals, now it’s time to go all out and achieve them.

                                          11 Ways to Achieve Your Financial Goals

                                          Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, it is usually a 2 step process –

                                          • Ensuring healthy savings
                                          • Making smart investments

                                          You will need to save enough; and invest those savings wisely so that they grow over a period of time to help you achieve goals. So let’s get down to ensuring healthy savings.

                                          Ensuring Healthy Savings

                                          Self realization is the best form of realisation and unless you decide what your current financial position is, you aren’t heading anywhere.

                                          This is the focal point from where you start your journey of achieving financial goals.

                                          1. Track Expenses

                                          The first and the foremost thing to be done is to track your monthly expenses. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you would be surprised to see how small expenses add up to a sizeable amount.

                                          Also categorize those expenses into different bucket so that you know which bucket is eating the most of your pay check. This record keeping will pave the way for cutting down on un-wanted expenses and pump up your savings rate.

                                          2. Pay Yourself First

                                          Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classical mistake which almost everyone of us do. We pay ourselves last!

                                          Ideally, this should be planned upside down. We should be paying ourselves first and then to the world i.e. we should be taking out the planned saving amount first and then manage all the expenses from the rest.

                                          The best way to actually implement is to put the savings on automatic mode i.e. money flowing automatically into different financial instruments (for example – mutual funds, retirement corpus etc) every month.

                                          Taking the automatic route will make us lose control of our money and hence will compel us to manage in what’s left with us thereby increasing the savings rate.

                                          3. Make a Plan and Vow to Stick with It

                                          Budgeting is the best to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be made.

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                                          Nowadays, several money management apps and wallets can help you do this automatically. It’s easy and who knows, you may just end up doing what people fail to do.

                                          At first, you may not be able to stick to your plans completely but don’t let that become a reason why you stop budgeting entirely.

                                          Make use of technology solutions you like. Explore options and alternatives that let you make use of the available wallet options and choose the one that suits you the most. In time, you will get accustomed to making use of these solutions.

                                          You will find that they make it simpler for you to follow your plan, which would have been difficult otherwise.

                                          4. Rise Again Even If You Fall

                                          Let’s be realistic. It’s not like the world will come to an end if you made one mistake. This isn’t called leniency but discipline.

                                          If you fail to meet your budget for a month, don’t give up the entire effort just like that. Instead, start again.

                                          Remember that flexible plans are the most realistic plans. So go forward and try to follow your financial goals as planned but if for some reason, the plan gets out of hand for you, do not give up on it just yet. This has a lot to do with your psychology rather than any material commitment.

                                          All you have to do is to stay on the road and vow to stay on it, no matter how much you fall down.

                                          5. Make Savings a Habit and Not a Goal

                                          In the book Nudge, authors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein advocate that in order to achieve any goal, it should be broken down into habits since habits are more intuitive for people to adapt to.

                                          Make Savings a habit rather than a goal. While it might seem to be counter intuitive to many but there are some deft ways of doing it. For example:

                                          Always eat out (if at all) during weekdays rather than weekends. Usually weekends are expensive. Make it a habit and you would in turn be saving a great deal.

                                          If you are travelling buff, try to travel during off season. Your outlay will be much less.

                                          If you go out for shopping, always look out for coupons and see where can you get the best deal.

                                          So the key point is to imbibe the action that results in savings rather than on the savings itself, which is the outcome. Focusing on the outcome will bring out the feeling of sacrifice which will be harder to sustain over a period of time.

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                                          6. Talk About It

                                          Sticking to the saving schedule (to achieve financial goals) is not an easy journey. There will be many distractions from those who are not aligned with your mission. And it would be rather easy to lose the grip over your discipline.

                                          Therefore in order to stay the course, it is advisable that you keep yourself surrounded with people who are also on the same bandwagon. Daily discussions with them will keep you motivated to move forward.

                                          7. Maintain a Journal

                                          For some people, writing helps a great deal in making sure that they achieve what they plan.

                                          So if you are one of them, maintain a proper journal, where you write down your goals and also jot down the extent to which you managed to meet them. This will help you in reviewing how far you have come and which goals you have met.

                                          Use this journal to write down all essential points such as your short term, mid term and long term goals, your current sources of income, your regular expenses which you are aware of and any committed expenses which are of recurring nature.

                                          When you have a written commitment on paper, you are going to feel more energised to follow the plan and stick to it. Moreover, it is going to be a lot more easier for you to follow you and track your progress.

                                          At this point, you should be ready with your financial goals and would be doing brilliantly with savings; now it’s time to talk about the big daddy – Investments.

                                          Making Smart Investments

                                          Savings by themselves don’t take anyone too far. However savings when invested wisely can do wonders and we are at that stage where we will talk about making smart investments.

                                          8. Consult a Financial Advisor

                                          Investments doesn’t come naturally to most of us therefore rather than dabbling with it ourselves, it is wise to consult a financial advisor.

                                          Talk to him/her about your financial goals and savings and then seek advice for the best investment instruments to achieve your goals.

                                          9. Choose Your Investment Instrument Wisely

                                          Though your financial advisor will suggest the best investment instruments, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about them.

                                          Just like “no one is born a criminal”, no investment instrument is bad or good. It is the application of that instrument that makes all the difference.

                                          Do you remember we talked about bifurcating financial goals in short term and long term?

                                          It is here where that classification will help.

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                                          So as a general rule, for all your short term financial goals, choose an investment instrument that has debt nature for example fixed deposits, debt mutual funds etc. The reason for going for debt instruments is that chances of capital loss is less as compared to equity instruments.

                                          10. Compounding Is the Eighth Wonder

                                          Einstein once remarked about compounding,

                                          Compound Interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… He who doesn’t… Pays it.

                                          So make friends with this wonder kid. And sooner you become friends with it, quicker you will reach closer to your financial goals.

                                          Start investing early so that time is on your side to help you bear the fruits of compounding.

                                          11. Measure, Measure, Measure

                                          All of us do good when it comes to earning more per month but fail miserably when it comes to measuring the investments; taking stock of how our investments are doing.

                                          If there is one single step where everything (so far) can go wrong, it is at this step – Measuring the Progress.

                                          If we don’t measure the progress timely, then we would be shooting in the dark. We wouldn’t know if our saving rate is appropriate or not; whether financial advisor is doing a decent job; whether we are moving closer to our target or not.

                                          Do measure everything. If you can’t measure it all yourself, ask your financial advisor to do it for you. But do it!

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          This completes the list of tips for you to set financial goals and actually achieve them with not so great difficulty.

                                          As you can see, all it requires is discipline. But guess that’s the most difficult part!

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