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Five Unusual Career Paths

Maybe Accounting or Marketing is not for you, or maybe you just want to do something different.  Whatever your reason for wanting a non-traditional career, there are many ways to earn a living that are challenging, exciting and unusual, you just need to find the career that appeals to you.  You don’t have to earn a college degree or work a desk job to be successful. In reality, there are plenty of training programs that will prepare you for satisfying careers in a variety of industries. If the idea of attending a four-year university and sitting in a cubicle for the rest of your life just isn’t appealing, you should consider one of these five unusual career paths instead.

  1. Fire Scientist – If you’re fascinated by fire and enjoy living on the edge, pursuing a career as a fire scientist might be right up your alley. Fire scientists work in a variety of fields. Some work with controlled explosions while others locate and repair gas leaks. Still others work as arson investigators for government agencies. The salaries for fire scientists varies by job title and training. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for fire inspectors and investigators was $58,440 and the top 10 percent earn more than $95,000 .The job title may be strange, but the work is challenging and fulfilling.

  1. Professional Gambler – Yes, this is a real profession, and if you are good at gambling, you can make a very good living. The growth of online gambling has made becoming a professional gambler that much easier. Some of the benefits include setting your own hours, changing what you do each day by changing the sites you leverage not to mention any winner casino bonus you may get. There are many types of gambling you can do online (online casino games, virtual gaming machines, etc.). Getting started is easy, there are many different online casino sites depending on where you live.  A word of caution and the age-old saying “bet with your head, not over your head”.Getting started is easy,

  2. Crab Fisherman – Although the guys on TV often make it look easy, the truth is that being a crab fisherman is tough, dangerous work. But if you love the outdoors and working hard, this could be the career for you. They pay could be quite good, but you should pursue it because you love the idea of being out on the open ocean for weeks on end. You should also be prepared to be pushed to the absolute limit physically and mentally. Fisherman are typically paid a percentage of the catch, the median annual wage for fisherman was $29,280 in 2016. According the the BLS, the highest 10 percent earned more than $47,530.

  3. Construction Manager – So maybe being a Construction Manager is not so unusual, but it is a field with many different opportunities beyond being a construction worker. With an associate degree in construction management, you could work your way up to supervise the men and women who complete the actual physical labor. According to, salaries range from $48,000 to $117,000.

  4. Oil Rig Worker – Working on oil drilling platforms and rigs can be grueling, but it’s definitely not boring and it can be very rewarding with entry level positions starting at $50,000 with some of the more technical jobs paying well over $100,000 per year. To compensate the people who work these demanding jobs, oil companies tend to offer very competitive benefits packages as well as an opportunity to travel. As with some of the other jobs on this list, you’ll be out in the field 99 percent of the time. This career offers plenty of excitement for those who seek it.

Sometimes, the best jobs are the ones that push people to their limits. If one of these careers appeals to you, enroll in the right vocational training program today

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