7 Jobs Paying $100k/Year That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

George Costanza never specialized in golf ball retrieval, one of the most surprisingly high paying jobs

George Costanza never specialized in golf ball retrieval, one of the most surprisingly high paying jobs | Source: NBC

Everyone’s trying to figure out how to make a living. Often, that means working awful, low-paying jobs (or two, or three) in order to put a roof over your head, and food on the table. But jobs come in all shapes and sizes, and if you’re willing to do the gross, the difficult, or the downright stupefying, there are high paying jobs out there, ripe for the picking.

As jobs have become scarcer and harder to find, people are getting more and more creative in their career pursuits. That means jobs are being created where none or few existed before, and many people are eschewing traditional employment arrangements to make a career freelancing or starting their own small businesses. These can be high paying jobs in their own right, but there are still ways people are making upward of six figures doing things that very few people realize were even out there.

Unusual, but high paying jobs

As for those strange, unorthodox jobs, there are plenty out there. You just need to know where to look, and perhaps to be willing to do some things that other people aren’t. Perhaps you’d be willing to get some close, personal contact with lonely people? Or put your life on the line as a human bomb detector? Hell, you can even make a decent living diving in and out of ponds on golf courses. There are a lot of opportunities out there if you know where to look.

Here are a handful of high paying jobs that you may not have even realized existed.

1. Professional snugglers

Happy couple snuggling on a bed

Happy couple snuggling on a bed | Source: iStock

Willing to sell your body, but not willing to go for all-out prostitution? Well, you can get into the professional snuggling game and pull a pretty good salary. Of course, there’s no guarantee you’ll make six-figures, but there are apparently an awful lot of lonely people out there who will shell out big bucks for a little human contact. As far as high paying jobs go, it can get a lot more difficult.

2. Personal shopper

A personal shopper at work

A personal shopper at work | Source: iStock

Perhaps you’ve heard of personal shoppers, but in all likelihood, you probably haven’t spent any time actually considering hiring one. But it’s an actual profession, and some personal shoppers can pull in more than $100,000 annually from their clients. Essentially, you’re paid to shop — tracking down and finding anything and everything your client needs, so they don’t have to.

3. Hand model

Hands on display at a Hairdressing Exhibition held at Olympia, London

Hands on display at a Hairdressing Exhibition held at Olympia, London | Fox Photos/Getty Images

George Costanza had “exquisite hands,” and if you yourself have some exquisite body part, you can put them to use as a model. The world needs body part models, in the same way it needs bikini models. Wrist watches and shoes don’t sell themselves, after all. In fashion hot spots like London, New York, and Los Angeles, you can make a decent living if you’ve got the parts.

4. Golf ball retrieval

Couple preparing for another round of golf

Couple preparing for another round of golf | Source: iStock

Golf is expensive, and running a golf course isn’t cheap either. So, how do you get all those golf balls back from the driving range and fairways that end up in the water? You’ve got to pay someone to go after them, and if you’re up to do the job, you can actually make a very good living. Check with your local course to inquire about their needs for ball retrievers.

5. Bomb detector

Metro Transit Police Special Response Team member patrols the Metro Center station with Sabre, an explosives detection dog

Metro Transit Police Special Response Team member patrols the Metro Center station with Sabre, an explosives detection dog | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Someone has to sniff out potential threats in public places or conflict zones — like bombs. And if you’re willing to do it, you can make upwards of six-figures. If you’re serious about becoming a bomb detection specialist, you can look at opportunities with local police departments (typically in bigger cities), the military, and government agencies like the FBI.

6. Ufologist

Amateur ufologists point out a UFO's flight path

Amateur ufologists point out a UFO’s flight path | Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images

Nobody’s going to pay you to go out and stare at the sky, looking for flying saucers. But if you can manage to make a serious career in other areas — engineering, aerospace technologies, astrophysics, etc. — people may start listening to your theories, and you will be able to command speaking fees, or sell some books. There are famous scientists out there who have done it, and have become some of the world’s foremost ufologists.

7. Adventurer

Indiana Jones | Paramount

Indiana Jones | Source: Paramount

Want to be a real-life adventurer, in the vein of Indiana Jones? People manage to turn their passions for exploration and archaeology into careers, many earning quite a bit of money. A common way to become a professional adventurer is to start leading expeditions, or work as an academic with access to grant money to get out and explore the world. It’s not easy, but people do it.

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