7. Elevator installers and repairers
Median annual wage: $79,780
The folks who keep us moving smoothly between floors get paid well for their expertise. In addition to elevators, these installers and repairers may also install, maintain and repair escalators, moving walkways and similar systems.
The typical career path for an elevator installer and repairer is to finish high school and then enroll in a four-year apprenticeship program combining some classroom instruction with paid on-the-job training.
If you want to pursue this job, you must be physically able to do the job and pass basic reading, math and mechanics exams. A high tolerance for stress might also help, as this line of work is featured in our article “The 25 Most Stressful Jobs in America: Is Yours on the List?”