10 High-Paying Jobs That Nobody Wants or Knows About 

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Due to new technologies and diversity in job markets, many high-paying jobs have been forgotten in recent years. Some are too “messy,” while others have excessive hours. Regardless of the reasons, here are some career options you should explore if you need a change or you’re thinking about furthering your studies. 

1. Elevator technician

An elevator technician can earn between $68,500 and $101,500 annually, but the job is physically demanding. Still, if you are not afraid of heights and cramped spaces, now is the time to act since the demand is only predicted to grow in the coming years. 

To discover more, visit the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) website to learn which tests you must pass to start your career as an elevator technician. 

2. Plumber

To become a plumber, you need a high school or GED diploma and a plumbing apprenticeship. Depending on your state, getting a license requires several years. The demand for plumbers has been rising steadily and is expected to continue to around 14% by 2028. 

The pay is good, over $60k per year on average, with self-employed plumbers earning as much as $200k, and the job is rewarding for those who enjoy working with their hands. 

3. Truck driver

Truck driving involves a passive lifestyle, which can lead to health concerns. It is also often a lonely life, but it is a job that can get you over $100k without a degree. 

The US is in need of truckers, and to get a job, you need driving experience, to pass the CDL exam, and a medical exam. 

4. Podiatrist 

Podiatrists are medical doctors educated and trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle, and connected structures of the leg. They make between $220,904 and $353,891 each year. 

Becoming a podiatrist is challenging since it requires a bachelor’s degree in biology, physics, chemistry, or any other medical-related subject. Then, you must complete a four-year Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) program from an accredited college. This is followed by a three-year podiatric medicine and surgery residency program. 

5. Gastroenterologist 

According to Merritt Hawkins and AMN Healthcare’s 2022 “Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives,” gastroenterologists are the most in-demand physician specialty. The profession deals with digestion and bowels, so it suffered a great deal of stigmatization. 

Becoming a gastroenterologist starts with a degree from a medical school, which takes four years to complete, and 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs. But it pays off since the salary ranges between $415,855 and $581,688. 

6. Garbage collector

Another stigmatized job can earn you $51,000 yearly, with a projected 3.2% growth rate. Garbage collectors must have a high school diploma or equivalent with a GED certificate. 

The job is vital for every living area, and California garbage workers can earn over 20k above the national average. Garbage truck workers can make as much as $100,000 yearly, and though it can be a dirty job, it should be recognized as respected due to its necessity. 

7. Toy designer  

Toy designers, also known as toy makers, toy engineers, or play engineers, are responsible for designing, creating, and assembling toys. The job requires a background in industrial design, engineering, or another related field.

The average salary is between $34,000 and $80,000 yearly in 2024, and the job is expected to grow 2 percent in the upcoming years. It can be creative, innovative, and rewarding, but it is often overlooked. 

8. Voice actor 

Voice actors are in high demand, especially for video games and audiobooks. Entry-level voice actors can earn around $100-$200 per hour, while those with more experience get  $500-$1,000 hourly.  

This job has no requirements, but getting an acting degree or attending acting courses will significantly benefit. The profession is expected to continue growing, and getting started only requires a bit of research and practice. 

9. Underwater welder

Underwater welders generally work on offshore oil rigs and pipelines when they need repair. It is a gratifying and highly dangerous job. 

The average annual salary is $58,000, but it can go as high as  $300,000​ for those specialized in saturated diving. To make it, you need credentials in welding and commercial diving.  

10. Veterinarian

Despite the annual salary being between $58,000 and $205,000 yearly, there is a shortage of veterinarians. One would think that spending all day with animals would not be an issue for anyone who knows anything about medicine, but the job can be highly stressful and even dangerous. 

Becoming a veterinarian is exhausting and expensive. After undergraduate school, you need to spend around four years earning your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, followed by passing the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination. 

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