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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 September 2, 2020

                                          How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                          How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

                                          Personal 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. 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 to set financial goals and actually meet them with ease.

                                          4 Steps to Setting Financial Goals

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

                                          1. Be Clear About the Objectives

                                          Any goal 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’s for. It could be anything, including your child’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 that you foresee in the future and put a value to each.

                                          2. Keep Goals 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 beyond what you can realistically achieve will definitely hurt your chances of making meaningful progress.

                                          It’s important that you keep your goals realistic, as 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.” This quote sums up what inflation could do your financial goals.

                                          Therefore, account for inflation[1] whenever you are putting a monetary value to a financial objective that is far into the future.

                                          For example, if one of your financial goal is your son’s college education, which is 15 years from now, then inflation would increase the monetary burden by more than 50% if inflation is a mere 3%. Always account for this to avoid falling short of your goals.

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                                          4. Short Term Vs Long Term

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

                                          As a rule of thumb, any financial goal that is due in next 3 years should be termed as a 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.

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

                                          How to Achieve Your Financial Goals

                                          Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, it is usually a two-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.

                                          Ensuring Healthy Savings

                                          Self-realization is the best form of realization, 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 spending. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you will be surprised by how small expenses add up to a sizable amount.

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

                                          If you’re not sure where to start when tracking expenses, this article may be able to help.

                                          2. Pay Yourself First

                                          Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classic mistake when setting financial goals. We pay ourselves last!

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                                          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 manage all the expenses from the rest.

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

                                          Taking the automatic route will help release some control and compel us to manage what’s left, increasing the savings rate.

                                          3. Make a Plan and Vow to Stick With It

                                          Learning to create a budget is the best way to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be organized

                                          Nowadays, several money management apps can help you do this automatically.

                                          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. 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 counterintuitive to many, there are some deft ways of doing it. For example:

                                          • Always eat out (if at all) during weekdays rather than weekends. Weekends are more expensive.
                                          • If you are a travel buff, try to travel during off-season. You’ll spend significantly less.
                                          • If you go shopping, always look out for coupons and see where can you get the best deal.

                                          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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                                          5. 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.

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

                                          6. Maintain a Journal

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

                                          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.

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

                                          Making Smart Investments

                                          Savings by themselves don’t take anyone too far. However, savings, when invested wisely, can do wonders.

                                          1. Consult a Financial Advisor

                                          Investment doesn’t come naturally to most of us, so it’s 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.

                                          2. Choose Your Investment Instrument Wisely

                                          Though your financial advisor will suggest the best investment instruments, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about the common ones, like a savings account, Roth IRA, and others.

                                          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[2].

                                          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 compared to equity instruments.

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                                          3. 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.”

                                          Use compound interest when setting financial goals

                                            Make friends with this wonder kid. The sooner you become friends with it, the quicker you will reach closer to your financial goals.

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

                                            4. 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 and taking stock of how our investments are doing.

                                            If we don’t measure progress at the right times, we are shooting in the dark. We won’t know if our saving rate is appropriate or not, whether the financial advisor is doing a decent job, or whether we are moving closer to our target.

                                            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

                                            Managing your extra money to achieve your short and long-term financial goals

                                            and live a debt-free life is doable for anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort. Use the tips above to get you started on your path to setting financial goals.

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