15 High-Paying Jobs People Don’t Want Anymore

Charlie from <em>It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia</em> tries crab fishing, one of our unwanted high-paying jobs.

Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia tries crab fishing, one of our unwanted high-paying jobs. | FX

Listening to certain political and media figures, you’d think the United States is experiencing economic strife on the same level as Greece or Spain. Although there are definitely some economic issues to contend with, by and large America is doing well. There are plenty of high-paying jobs out there if you know where to look.

One of the biggest issues with the labor market is there are jobs nobody wants. This was something touched on during our interview with Dirty Jobs‘ Mike Rowe, who told The Cheat Sheet there are more than enough jobs available to American workers — they just need to be willing to take them.

High-paying jobs nobody wants

Why won’t Americans work some of these jobs, you ask? Well, in many cases, they’re dangerous, dirty, and don’t command a lot of respect. You aren’t going to dazzle your friends or family by choosing some of these career paths, and for a lot of people, that’s a very important element of a chosen trade. In other words, you’ll be doing the dirty work and won’t realize a lot of the glory or clout that comes with other trades or careers.

Even so, there are high-paying careers out there that are rife with opportunity. We’ve listed some of them, which combine high pay and low participation rates. If you want a high-paying job — one that you actually have a good chance of landing — here are 15 career paths to check out.

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