Are you exploring and comparing career choices? Do you want to make a lot of money? Do you want a job that pays well, but does not require a college degree? Are you okay with putting your safety at risk to make some extra money?
Here are a few careers that pay well over $50,000, $60,000, $70,000 a year and more. Some of these jobs even pay over $100,000 a year. These jobs are dangerous, but if you want a high salary and can put your life at risk, they are careers to consider. After all, someone has to do these jobs.
One of America’s most dangerous jobs, yet also one of the highest paying careers is a coal miner. Coal miners work in mines using special equipment to bring coal to the surface. The outlook and security for this job, however, is not good.
However, it is still a career that can be considered, although you may have to change careers in the future. (That is probably recommended, regardless of whether or not you get laid off anyway.) Since most coal miners learn through on the job experience, and educational courses offered through mining companies, it is not necessarily a poor decision to choose the career, even though the outlook is not great.
According to payscale.com, coal mine workers earn between $45,354 to $71,092 a year. That is more than the salaries of most teachers, fire fighters, and even some nurses. It is a high paying career for a job that does not require any college.
The best way to become a coal miner, is to apply directly at coal mining companies. Many times workers will work their way up, and become promoted to supervisor.
It is, of course, important to remember that this is a very dangerous job. You should know exactly what you are getting yourself into before embarking upon this career adventure. Read some of these articles for more insight. If you are married or have children, it is probably not the ideal career choice.
A second very dangerous job that pays well is a longliner fisherman. Payscale.com reports that longliner fisherman earn between $57,973 and $143,000 a year. This is one of the highest paying jobs for someone who doesn’t have a degree or any college education. If you are interested in this career, one website to check out is the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board here.
Just like coal mining, this is a dangerous profession. While it does pay well, in some cases (such as if you are a parent), the risk is not worth the extra money.
Oil Well Driller
Oil Well Drillers can earn an income between $51,302 and $145,747 a year. They are employed by companies such as Hercules Offshore, Nabors Industries and Transocean Offshore Inc. It is one of the most unsafe jobs, but also one of the ones with the highest pay. Oil Well Drillers often have to spend a lot of time away from homes, as fishermen do. Read “Entry Level Off-Shore Oil Jobs” and “How to Find a Job on an Oil Rig” for more insight into this career choice.
Out of all of the careers mentioned so far, this one is probably the safest. Although it does come with a risk, and many soldiers are tragically killed each year. It is also one of the lowest paying jobs of the list. And, actually is not a high paying job. However, it is included in this article, because when soldiers are in dangerous situations, they will receive combat pay which can be well over $60,000 a year.
In addition, you may have your college paid for, and when you consider that, it is a very high paying job. If you serve in the military for 36 months, you can receive 100% of the benefits. Even if you serve for just 6 months, you will receive 50% of the benefits. Read more about the GI Bill on the website here.
Electrical Power Line Repairer
Another dangerous job that pays very well is an electrical power line repairer or journeyman lineman job. As you can see from payscale here, it pays from $50,989 per year to over $83,637 a year. They are employed by companies such as Entergy Corp and American Electric Power. You must be fairly flexible, as power lines do not break on a schedule. It is dangerous, but not as deadly as other jobs.
These are just five jobs that pay very well but force you to work in precarious situations. If you are exploring careers, please read “Jobs that Pay Over $100,000 a Year” and “Jobs that Pay Over $15 an Hour Without a College Degree.” You might also check out “High Demand Jobs that Pay Over $50,000 a Year.” Another article to read is “Jobs that Pay $50,000 to $100,000 a Year.”
You can learn more about these career choices by asking your guidance counselor, researching them at the library or looking online. Good luck as you make decisions for your future.