30 Fun Jobs That Also Pay Well

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Your job doesn’t have to be drudgery. Plenty of occupations offer the opportunity to be creative and even have a little fun on the job.

While everyone’s definition of fun can be different, we’ve selected 30 jobs that we think are anything but tedious. To be clear, these occupations aren’t necessarily stress-free and may require hard work. However, they can result in a good income while letting you do work you love.

Whether your passion is art or athletics, you’ll find there are a lot of fun jobs to consider. This list starts with jobs with lower median annual wages (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) and ends with the highest-wage job.

Fitness trainer or instructor

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $39,820

Number of jobs as of 2018: 356,900

Typical entry-level education requirement: High school diploma

You won’t need extensive education for this fun job. Instead, fitness trainers and instructors should have a love of exercise and a desire to help others improve their well-being.

These workers may provide personal training services, lead group fitness classes or specialize in a fitness discipline such as yoga or Pilates.

Athletic trainer

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $47,510

Number of jobs as of 2018: 31,100

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

If you love sports, you may find that being an athletic trainer is a fun job.

These professionals may be employed by schools, sports teams, hospitals and fitness centers and even the military to help prevent athletic injuries and develop rehabilitation plans when injuries occur.

Recreational therapist

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $47,860

Number of jobs as of 2018: 19,800

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Recreational therapists may play all day as they help patients with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses improve physically, mentally and socially. As a part of their work, they develop treatment plans that may incorporate sports, music, arts and community activities.

Those employed in one specialty, music therapy, say their work is meaningful and makes the world a better place, according to a PayScale report.

Museum worker

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $48,400

Number of jobs as of 2018: 35,900

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Museum visitors can immerse themselves in history, art or science, and museum workers are the people who help make that experience possible.

Technicians, who care for museum exhibits and collections, generally need a bachelor’s degree. If you want to be involved in curating or documenting those collections, plan on spending extra time in school to earn a master’s degree.

Chef or head cook

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $48,460

Number of jobs as of 2018: 139,000

Typical entry-level education requirement: High school diploma

Foodies might want to consider a career as a chef or head cook.

Whether they specialize in home cooking or gourmet meals, restaurants across the country need qualified workers who can develop recipes, oversee kitchen staff and, of course, cook delicious food.

Fine artist

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $48,960

Number of jobs as of 2018: 50,300

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

For those who are artistically inclined, working as a painter, sculptor or illustrator could be a viable career option.

While natural talent is important, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes many fine artists have a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree related to their field.

Event planner

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $49,370

Number of jobs as of 2018: 134,100

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Life’s a party every day for event planners — or at least they get to spend every working day planning for a party.

Event planners are the go-to people for organizing weddings, conferences, meetings and more. In addition to planning the events, these workers are the ones who make sure everything goes smoothly when the big day arrives.

Music directors and composers

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $49,630

Number of jobs as of 2018: 64,700

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

The musically inclined may find directing a band, orchestra or choir to be a fun job. Music directors, also called conductors, may select arrangements, rehearse with musicians and direct performances.

Composers are inspired to create their own music, and they spend their workdays in tasks such as writing original music, arranging existing music into new compositions or writing lyrics for music.

Private detective or investigator

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $50,090

Number of jobs as of 2018: 33,000

Typical entry-level education requirement: High school diploma

Although probably not as glamorous as television shows and the movies would have us believe, working as a private detective or investigator would undoubtedly be a fun job for some people.

These workers conduct surveillance, gather information and search court documents on behalf of their clients who may include individuals, attorneys and businesses.

Graphic designer

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $50,370

Number of jobs as of 2018: 290,100

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Both art and technology play a role in the job of a graphic designer. These professionals work by hand or use software programs to create logos, images, illustrations, layouts and other visuals.

About a quarter of graphic designer are self-employed while others may be employed by publications or advertising or design firms.

Athlete or sports competitor

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $50,650

Number of jobs as of 2018: 13,500

Typical entry-level education requirement: No formal education needed

Professional athletes and sports competitors are literally paid to play.

They may play as part of a team or compete individually, and it’s hard to imagine that any job could possibly be more fun for someone who loves sports.

Interior designer

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $53,370

Number of jobs as of 2018: 75,400

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Are you the type of person who could happily spend all day rearranging the decor in your house? Then consider whether you might want to do that for a living.

Interior designers work to create safe and functional spaces that meet the vision and needs of their clients.

Set and exhibit designer

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $54,270

Number of jobs as of 2018: 10,590

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Working as a set and exhibit designer can be another fun career option within the entertainment industry.

The job generally entails designing the spaces and backdrops used in television, movie and theatrical performances. Museums and educational institutions also employ set designers. Many workers in the field major in theater, the College Board says.

Flight attendant

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $56,000

Number of jobs as of 2018: 119,300

Typical entry-level education requirement: High school diploma

Flight attendants have a prime job for travel enthusiasts. They are employed by airlines to assist passengers, demonstrate safety equipment and perform other tasks that help ensure a safe and smooth flight.

Depending on their assignment, flight attendants may have the opportunity to travel to destinations across the globe.

Elementary school teacher

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $57,980

Number of jobs as of 2018: 1.57 million

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Certainly, being an elementary school teacher can be challenging in many ways. However, it also a dynamic job that can involve playtime, art, science, math, reading and other activities that are, well, fun.

Not all states value teachers the same though. You can check out how much educators earn in your state in this Money Talks News article.

Video editor or camera operator

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $58,990

Number of jobs as of 2018: 69,200

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Jobs for video editors and camera operators are growing faster than average, and this can be a fun job for anyone who wants to work behind-the-scenes on movies, television or in similar forms of media.

These professionals may work as part of a team to shoot videos and then edit them using computer software.

Librarian

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $59,050

Number of jobs as of 2018: 134,800

Typical entry-level education requirement: Master’s degree

For those who love spending time with a good book, it might not get any more fun than working in a library.

Today’s librarians aren’t just sorting books, though. In addition to helping library patrons conduct research and find information, they research new equipment and resources for libraries, teach classes and organize programs.

Conservation scientist or forester

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $61,340

Number of jobs as of 2018: 32,900

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

These careers might be a good choice for anyone who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. Conservation scientists manage natural resources while foresters monitor tree harvesting operations.

Both may be involved in working to suppress fires and regenerate areas after fire occurs.

Writer or author

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $62,170

Number of jobs as of 2018: 123,200

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Whether you’re interested in fiction or nonfiction, writing may be a lucrative — and fun — occupation for you.

Many people think of writers solely as authors working on the next Great American Novel, but they are actually hired to write everything from advertisements to technical manuals. Some specialties, such as grant writing and blogging, are high-paying jobs you can do from home.

Zoologist or wildlife biologist

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $63,420

Number of jobs as of 2018: 19,300

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

If you love wild animals, what could be more fun than studying and caring for them? Among other duties, zoologists and wildlife biologists may conduct research and develop conservation plans to help humans and animals coexist peacefully.

And, if you need another reason to consider this career, zoology was found to be one of the most lucrative college majors for 2019, according to a Bankrate.com analysis.

Makeup artist

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $64,250

Number of jobs as of 2018: 3,140

Typical entry-level education requirement: High school diploma

There aren’t many of these jobs to go around, but if you land one, you can expect to earn a healthy income for doing something you may enjoy: applying makeup.

Many makeup artists work with theaters and entertainment companies that need makeup applied to performers and models.

Landscape architect

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $68,230

Number of jobs as of 2018: 23,500

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Think of landscape architects as the outdoor equivalent of interior designers. They analyze spaces, determine where to place elements such as trees, shrubs and walkways, and are concerned with energy use, drainage and land conditions. They often are the folks who create parks, campuses and other public and private open spaces.

In the course of their work, they may meet with clients, prepare plan drawings, estimate costs and oversee a plan’s implementation.

Producer or director

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $71,680

Number of jobs as of 2018: 152,400

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Producers and directors are responsible for the creation of everything from television commercials to theatrical performances.

They oversee the entire the process of bringing an artistic vision to life, from selecting a script to auditioning actors to promoting the finished project.

Multimedia artist or animator

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $72,520

Number of jobs as of 2018: 71,600

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Multimedia artists and animators have a job that combines art with technology. Using computer software, they may make two or three-dimensional models, create visual effects or develop images that move.

It can be a fun career move for those who want a behind-the-scenes job in the television, gaming or movie industries.

Fashion designer

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $72,720

Number of jobs as of 2018: 25,800

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Fashion designers may have the perfect job for fashionistas. Designers need to stay up-to-date on the latest fashion trends and then typically use computer-aided software to design original clothing, accessories and shoes.

They may hunt down the right materials to make prototypes that eventually will be marketed to retailers or directly to consumers.

Urban planner

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $73,050

Number of jobs as of 2018: 39,100

Typical entry-level education requirement: Master’s degree

You’ll need a graduate degree to become an urban planner but don’t let that deter you. This can be a rewarding career if you want to have a say in how cities and regions grow.

Urban planners may conduct field investigations, review site plans and make recommendations to governments regarding the feasibility of various projects.

College educator

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $78,470

Number of jobs as of 2018: 1.35 million

Typical entry-level education requirement: Master’s or doctoral degree

Love learning? Then consider a career as a college educator and immerse yourself in the world of academia.

A master’s degree may be enough for jobs at two-year colleges, but you’ll likely need a Ph.D. for a position at many universities, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. For some fields, schools may be looking for educators who have hands-on work experience teaching or in a related profession as well.

Art director

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $92,780

Number of jobs as of 2018: 101,000

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Art directors often lead teams to develop the visual design of packaging, magazines and advertisements among other things.

They may incorporate graphics, photography and text to convey a message that’s in line with their client’s artistic vision.

Veterinarian

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $93,830

Number of jobs as of 2018: 84,500

Typical entry-level education requirement: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree

Working as a veterinarian can be a natural choice for animal lovers. These professionals provide medical care to birds and beasts of all kinds, from household pets to farm livestock.

You’ll need extensive education to pursue this career. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited veterinary college is required. Veterinarians must obtain a state license, too. But it may be worth it to have a job you enjoy.

Software developer

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Median annual wage as of 2018: $105,590

Number of jobs as of 2018: 1.37 million

Typical entry-level education requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Tech enthusiasts could earn a six-figure income as a software developer. This fast-growing occupation involves workers in the creation of computer applications and systems.

What’s your dream job? Tell us in a comment below or at the Money Talks News page on Facebook.

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