Fun Jobs -- Do They Pay?

Ever wonder about the person who gave you those awesome tips on where to go and what to do when you traveled to Spain? What about the people who keep Britney's rep in check (sort of...)? And who exactly is that guy (or girl) impersonating Marilyn Monroe?

These are the kinds of jobs that pique a person's interest when you describe what you do; the kinds of jobs that can be considered "cool," "unique" or "fun." Then there's the million dollar question: Do these kinds of jobs pay well?

"Don't be fooled into thinking that enjoyable jobs don't exist," says Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources for "There are plenty of positions out there that allow you to do what you love and get paid for it. It's just a question of how well it pays."

Plain and simple, your job should be personally fulfilling. Whether it's cool, esteemed, takes you all over the world or brings in the money should only be added perks. Confucius got it right when he said, "Find a job you enjoy, and never work a day in your life."

Here are some "cool jobs" that pay well - and some that don't.

1. Travel Agent

Why it's cool: Travel from your desk by making flight and hotel accommodations, recommending tourist attractions and restaurants and providing travel advice to clients - all while reaping benefits like reduced rates for transportation and lodging.

What it pays: $27,640

2. Baker

Why it's cool: Preparing breads, cakes, cookies, pastries and pies in retail and wholesale bakeries sounds like a sweet life to lead...especially with all the taste testing.

What it pays: $35,000 - $39,400

3. Sports Agent

Why it's cool: Agents get to haggle with money for a living. Securing and negotiating employment and endorsement deals as well as handling public relations matters for clients are among the day-to-day for these folks.

What it pays: $64,100

4. Publicist

Why it's cool: Unless you have clients constantly generating bad publicity (hello, Britney?), this job is super-cool. You're in charge of generating and managing publicity, promotions, press coverage, campaigns and other PR functions for clients.

What it pays: $49,100

5. Athletic Trainer

Why it's cool: You're essential to any athletic team - professional, high school or college. Ensuring that athletes are physically prepared for every event and assisting them when injuries and/or problems occur means a guaranteed sideline seat to every game.

What it pays: $38,500

6. Wedding Planner

Why it's cool: Helping brides plan the wedding logistics, from choosing colors to church decorations to party favors, allows you to hone your people-helping skills and have fun at the same time.

What it pays: $30,300

7. Announcers/Emcees

Why it's cool: Depending on what kind of announcer you are, you can broadcast everything from sporting events to commercials, even the red carpet.

What it pays: $32,700

8. Hairstylist

Why it's cool: There's nothing like playing dress-up, especially with hair. Stylists get to shampoo, cut, color and style all different types of hair, as well as offer beauty advice.

What it pays: $36,600 or $10.38/hour; this job is highly dependent on tips

9. Sommelier

Why it's cool: How cool would it be to know, off the top of your head, that oysters and Chablis pair well, or to be able to go to a meeting where tasting wine was the entire agenda?

What it pays: $110,000 at upscale restaurants

10. Gaming Service Worker

Why it's cool: You get to gamble with other people's money working this job. Duties include (but are not limited to) calculating and paying off the amount of winnings, tending slot machines or dealing cards and running games.

What it pays: $14,340 - $40,840; depends on your specific duties

11. Theme Park Employee

Why it's cool: Dressing up as special characters, handling different rides every day and watching others get a thrill sounds like an exhilarating job itself, no?

What it pays: $14,765 or $7.69/hour

12. Groomer

Why it's cool: Perfect for animal lovers, groomers are responsible for maintaining animals' (usually a dog or cat) appearance. They give baths, manicures and haircuts to our furry friends, saving us time and trouble.

What it pays: $60,000

13. Mascot

Why it's cool: Root for your favorite team at every game and make a few non-game appearances for publicity.

What it pays: Mid-$30,000s

14. Impersonator

Why it's cool: Masquerade as your favorite pop icon, political figure or even as the opposite sex in this creative profession.

What it pays: $23,500

Next: Big Pay, No Degree Required >>

Salary data provided by for, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Chicago magazine.

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Mark Ewing

You missed the absolute BEST high paying fun job: Professional Group Travel Organizer!

March 08 2012 at 12:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pankaj Oza


am Pankaj from India and my dream is travel the world and also make money. I love travelling and meeting new friends, learning new cultures, cuisines etc. can anybody help me get such kind of job anywhere in the world. talking about my qualification am commerce graduate and also masters in business administration and have around 10 years of exp in retail,entertainment,media and travel industry. feel free to connect with me on facebook:find me by Pankaj P.Oza and if anybody wants to call me can call me on 09820330268(India mobile no)also you can add me on skype and my skype name is ozapankaj

February 24 2010 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dia De

My name is Dia De,or well is it? You can call me Dia De, which is pronounced D-ah D, Dia De. Wonderfull, isn't it?Ah hardy har har. Is a job something that pays well, to keep your house, to pay the bills, put food on your plate, shoes on you feet, unless you live at the beach?!? :)! Or is it doing something you love, something you enjoy, something your good at, that you, uh, (greatly) collect some moolah every pay check? It depends on how lifes treating you right now. During the finacal crisis and economy drop, some people are learing that a job is something that is a neccesity. And others are enjoying life one day at a time and collecting cash happily. Personly, bakers have good jobs. But thats just Dia De's oppi-on. Ah hardy har har.
Until for now, now for forever, forever and ever, ever and always,
Dia De
what are you waiting for?

September 12 2009 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The best job is a hotel sales job. Travel, free food, meet new people everyday, work in luxurious surroundings, rapid advancement, entertain clients, do fun tradeshows. I've been in hotel sales since I graduated Chico State and now earn 75 thousand plus bonus each year. I did an on-line course at which got me a hotel certificate and helped me land the job....give hotel sales a try.

April 05 2009 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Have Fun With A Travel Job!

Summary – The travel business is a great way for people who want to work for themselves to see the world. You can see the world at no cost yourself if you have the right attitude and desire. To find out more information click on this link:

Christie Rose is excited about hiring 30 new agents per month. We have been posting the print ads in newspapers for Christie and you can call 800-537-7256 to find out more information. Will you be one of the next people that Christie hires?

Travel jobs are some of the best ways you can work even in an economic crisis. People enjoy buying things door to door from legitimate companies. In fact, in days gone by this was the only way that people were able to buy things like vacuum cleaners, brushes and other kinds of products they couldn’t find in department stores.

Can you imagine what it would be like to travel to some exotic location absolutely free? With a travel job you can do just that. Imagine helping people to realize their dreams by giving them the opportunity to join a team of people who are having fun and getting to travel all over the world.

As a direct marketing agent you can find different opportunities that will help you gain the money you need for the things that you want.

What Type Of People Make It In Travel Jobs?
Anyone who has been in direct sales before will make a great travel crew member. The reason is because you already have sales skills. If you have been a direct seller of magazines, travel or any other door to door program and you have been successful, you can make it as part of a traveling crew.

If you are bright, sharp and clean cut there are thousands of travel jobs for you to choose from. The person who makes the best direct selling travel agent will be someone who has a passion for life and wants to see the world. You must like to travel a lot to get the best benefit from these types of jobs because you will be gone more often than staying at home. If you go to you can see what people are already doing and how you can get involved.

How Do Travel Agents Crews Work?
Travel crews go out in different environments and meet many different people. They have a product to sell so during the day they sell and at night they have fun. Often you will find that there will be group events to keep you going and to keep up the morale within the group. This is a great opportunity for people who enjoy working with other people.

As a direct sales agent you can set your own limits and you will see the world a lot faster than someone who doesn't like to travel. When you have the opportunity to travel you will also understand cultures better and how to get along with a lot of different types of people. You will also learn about different foods and how different people relate to the world.

Believe it or not these types of experiences will help you learn to live with passion and you will have the money to live in the way that you want to live.

Travel jobs look for people who are hungry for something better in their lives. They want people who want to create a career instead of a job and they want someone who is up to a lot of travel. This is also for someone who doesn't mind living out of their suitcase for weeks at a time.

Can you imagine? This is one of the ways that you can buy that new car or those new clothes that you like. It can give you a way to afford these things if you are hungry enough to go after it.

United Subscription Agency is one of the places to check out if you are interested in getting into a travel job. They are very particular about the type of people they choose because they only want the best and the brightest talent.

If you are looking for a job doesn’t it make sense to do something you love instead of something you hate? Then get started today by calling 800-537-7256. Christie will interview you to see if you have what it takes to get into a travel job now.

February 23 2009 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How cool is working for yourself? Very!! And how much fun? Lots!! Enjoy what you do. Meet great people doing the same thing. Travel cheap! Help others do the same and have a thriving business! Be determined that this year will be different from last year!

January 28 2009 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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