Choosing the right career is going to be one of the most difficult decisions that you will ever face. It’s a long term plan, which means that you need to be sure pretty early on in your life about what you want to do.
Although most people are well aware of the higher paying jobs, such as doctors and lawyers, it may surprise you that there are plenty of careers that do not require the expensive and intensive training that some of these fields do.
That’s not to say you won’t be working hard, but here are a few high paying careers you might want to consider, that you probably never have done.
Please note: The stated salary figures are an approximate median, based on time and experience.
Lift Mechanic – Est. Salary £45,500
Although this might seem like a strange job to be talking about, the simple fact is that everyone uses lifts. From apartment blocks to business headquarters, lifts make life easier, and due to their constant use, they need to be maintained properly.
Enter the lift mechanic. This person requires only high school training, followed by around four years of classwork and on-the-job training. Once completed, you can expect the salary to go upwards of £40,000 when a few years of experience are under your belt.
Remember, it’s not only restricted to lift maintenance. The job includes mechanical expertise through a variety of machines, including escalators, stair lifts, airport moving walkways and even hotel dumbwaiters; basically anything with a pulley system.
Over the next few years, the employment rate within this type of job is expected to grow by a further 11%.
Air Traffic Controller – Est. Salary £91,000
An interesting job certainly. But did you know it’s also exceedingly well paid once you’ve put the time in? Although the first year of college training isn’t particularly high paying, you do get an array of benefits, including pension scheme, family-friend policies and additional voluntary benefit schemes.
Responsible for ensuring the management of aircraft through all levels of their flight, a traffic controller will make sure they use communications and surveillance equipment to instruct pilots on safe landing, take off and course correction procedures.
Obviously, this is a job that, although very rewarding, carries extreme risk to others, so intensive training is required.Once the college training has ended, you’ll be looking at approximately £20,000 per year. And once the fully training has finished, you’ll be looking at £30,000 on average.
The interesting part is that after validation and a third joining anniversary, you can be earning £45,000+. This includes shift pay of around £5000.
If this is a career you’re serious about, then senior controllers can expect to be earning over £91,000 at larger airports like Heathrow.
Soil Conservationist – Est. Salary £40,300
If you choose this as a career then you’ll be comfortable being outside. A soil conservationist will help farmers and landowners in the best practice of using their land whilst minimising the damage or harm done to the surrounding environment. This includes such ecological threats like soil erosion and chemical usage.
This career will usually require a the minimum of a bachelor’s degree (and usually in a related field like agriculture, environmental studies or an appropriate discipline of science. However, it’s a career that has a very real and directive-driven agenda.
The planet is a finite resource and soil conservationists actively work to ensure a sustainable strategy is implemented. The pay also certainly helps.