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  1. doug's Gravatar Comment by doug on August 6th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    “but if you don’t live long enough to enjoy that money, or have to discard your principles, it’s simply not worth it for most people.”

    nice and subtle…

  2. Dan's Gravatar Comment by Dan on August 6th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    I knew the rest was lies when I saw the author suggest that the “average IT person” makes 103k a year. In pesos?

    I’m a administrator with the world’s largest bank, I handle 100+ servers and 4500+ workstations and program, and I don’t get paid even close.

  3. Scott's Gravatar Comment by Scott on August 6th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    It seems that your figures are blown out of porpotion.

    For #6, that would be the average wage of an IT manager, cited last Thursday from New York times article with a similar subject matter and title as yours. Average Wage for IT is still $60,000, and that is from the third highest earning market, Austin, TX.

    I have a friend who has #21 as an occupation, and he makes 1/2 of this for over twenty years of service to a large chain, unionized.

    Should we all find new jobs??

  4. john's Gravatar Comment by john on August 6th, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Since when is 50k/year “well paying”???

  5. c friesen's Gravatar Comment by c friesen on August 6th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    As currently working in No 5. ya the money is OK. But you do sell your soul. If you had morels you wont after a couple of years.

  6. Cracked Bunion's Gravatar Comment by Cracked Bunion on August 6th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    “but if you don’t live long enough to enjoy that money, or have to discard your principles, it’s simply not worth it for most people.”

    Way to display your ignorance!

    Frankly, most soldiers won’t “discard their principles” to NOT reenlist (current rate = 98)

    Of course, we don’t have to brainwash them or threaten them like the leftist commutards have to brainwash or threaten their minions.

  7. dan's Gravatar Comment by dan on August 6th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Subtlety only counts in horsehoes and hand grenades.

  8. Bob's Gravatar Comment by Bob on August 6th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Gastroenterologist is NOT an “overlooked” profession by any means. It is a sub-specialty of Internal Medicine, and one of THE most competitive, ask any random Internal Medicine resident and chances are they are applying for GI, not that they are going to get in.

  9. Military Person's Gravatar Comment by Military Person on August 6th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    And you all are welcome – from the few of us that protect all of your freedoms most people take for granted. Damn skippy military people earn their salaries, much more than corporate CEO’s and lobbyists.

  10. Tom's Gravatar Comment by Tom on August 7th, 2008 at 12:14 am

    From unwanted job number 22:
    “This walks readers through both the nature of the work and the process of actually getting into the field.”

    Ummmm….there doesn’t seem to be a link there. Is there supposed to be a link?

  11. Greg's Gravatar Comment by Greg on August 7th, 2008 at 8:47 am

    I think you need to do some more research on crab fishing. The correct statement would be to say that on a good boat a crab fisherman can make $50,000 for the 8 weeks. Crab boats in actuality catch anywhere between 500,000 and 2,000,000 dollars worth of crab. So that is where you the 50,000 from when that is split with full share deck hands and minus fuel and other costs.

  12. Roger Greene's Gravatar Comment by Roger Greene on August 7th, 2008 at 10:35 am

    While the average annual earnings potential of a podiatrist cited in the list of jobs may be accurate, with many earning considerably more, the description of what a podiatrist does is roughly 20 years or more out-of-date. Podiatrists today are trained to perform reconstructive surgery; treat diabetic wounds of the foot, often saving limbs from amputation; treat injuries and fractures; diagnose and treat problems that may interfere with, or inhibit, sports performance or simple walking; and alleviate suffering and pain caused by problems and diseases of the lower extremity. If doing those things is boring, mundane and unappealing, then perhaps the person who would find them so should choose one of the other 24 jobs listed.

  13. bob's Gravatar Comment by bob on August 7th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    drug dealer
    arms dealer

    do they fall under sales?

  14. Kavan Wolfe's Gravatar Comment by Kavan Wolfe on August 7th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Half these jobs pay less than $50k/year. That’s not “well-paying” in my book.

  15. Ross Taubman, DPM's Gravatar Comment by Ross Taubman, DPM on August 8th, 2008 at 11:15 am

    While this article was likely meant to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the mention of podiatry as a purposely-overlooked profession contains several inaccuracies. On behalf of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), I would like to respectfully educate you on the truths of the podiatric profession. To call a DPM degree “lowly,” and to say that DPMs are “snickered at” by MDs, is simply incorrect. The vast majority of MDs have a very positive, respectful relationship with podiatric physicians. Many MDs regularly refer their patients to a podiatrist when dealing with all types of foot and ankle conditions including diabetic foot ulcerations – which, when left untreated, can easily lead to amputation. A comprehensive diabetes foot care treatment plan can reduce amputation rates by as much as 45 percent to 85 percent! Additionally, podiatric physicians put in just as much schooling as MDs to achieve their medical degree. After attaining a four-year undergraduate degree, a DPM spends four years attaining a specialized DPM degree at one of eight prestigious podiatric medical schools around the country. The doctor must then complete a postdoctoral residency program at an accredited hospital or academic health center before formally going into practice. This residency lasts at least two years – oftentimes more.

    Lastly, while “clipping toenails” is a very small part of the average podiatrist’s scope of practice and treatment, it is performed in the context of medically necessary care for patients that are at-risk of losing their limb because of serious diseases, such as diabetes and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In the field of podiatry, practitioners can focus on many different and exciting specialty areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics or primary care.

    As mentioned before, I am sure that the tone of this blog post was not meant to be taken too seriously. But to pigeonhole podiatry as a career that lacks both job rewards and appeal is regrettable and untrue.

  16. Rachel's Gravatar Comment by Rachel on August 9th, 2008 at 7:21 am

    About.com just added these 2 new employment sites to their top 10 list:

    http://www.realmatch.com
    http://www.linkedin.com

    If you need to find work, good luck.

  17. Moneymonk's Gravatar Comment by Moneymonk on August 12th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    IT employee !!!!!!!! proud of it, plus you can make side income

  18. Jim's Gravatar Comment by Jim on August 12th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Construction workers do not start at $49k a year. The link given goes to the pay rate for a project manager. Project managers are high level skilled worker with experience and supervisory ability. So that pay rate is not a typical entry level job for general construction. Mean annual pay for all construction is $40,620 and thats for all wage earners not starting pay. Low end wages start around $10 an hour.
    see: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes470000.htm

  19. CJ's Gravatar Comment by CJ on August 13th, 2008 at 10:01 am

    “Gastroenterologist is NOT an “overlooked” profession by any means. It is a sub-specialty of Internal Medicine, and one of THE most competitive, ask any random Internal Medicine resident and chances are they are applying for GI, not that they are going to get in.”

    VERY TRUE – but then again, this list was compiled by a simpleton who still derives great pleasure from fart jokes – as evidenced by the presence of gastroenterologist and proctologist on the list – both highly-desirable positions in real life.

  20. Erin's Gravatar Comment by Erin on October 3rd, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    To respond to Bob…I’m sure it was mostly sarcasm on your part but I read a study that shows that your average drug dealer on the street makes less than minimum wage for the number of hours they put in to their “business” and are often users, putting what they earn right back into their habit. That’s a big selling point in trying to keep high school students out of gangs and drugs. They all want money and movies glamorize the drug industry. The only one making money is the one on the top of the chain.

  21. paul's Gravatar Comment by paul on October 28th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I can attest that I know commission only sales people can make a ton of money. It takes a lot of money and time though.

  22. SWGA's Gravatar Comment by SWGA on November 29th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    The figure about cropdusters is also incorrect. I am a farmer, and I worked for a pilot mixing chemicals. $80,000 would be a bad year; however this is a dying profession. Fuel prices, plus fertilizer/chemical prices are really hurting the agricultural avation sector. Most cropdusters use a turbo prop plane…an new pilot cannot even get insurance on a (used $350,000.00) turbo prop plane. Also advances by John Deere, Case, Ro-Gator, ect in the sprayer segment are taking the place of ag planes.

  23. molly's Gravatar Comment by molly on December 28th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    What the hell is wrong with that car sales guys mouth???

  24. scopy's Gravatar Comment by scopy on March 27th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Commission only sales people are entrepreneurs and usually only take on what they think they can sell.

  25. Paul Castain's Gravatar Comment by Paul Castain on May 2nd, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Great post!

    Sales is often overlooked and yet it is the 3rd highest paying career (legal that is).

    Proud to call it my livelihood for the last 25 years!

    Paul Castain
    Castain’s Sales Playbook

  26. tw's Gravatar Comment by tw on May 14th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    c friesen – why wouldnt i have morels after a year? is someone going to eat them?! oh no!

    And it’s Jerry Maguire – come on!

  27. Troy's Gravatar Comment by Troy on June 17th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    You should have commissioned service plumber on this list. I hear they do quite well. But the long hours, paper work, variety of customers and homes, traffic jams and hostile drivers, crawl spaces, unsanitary conditions, and a multitude of other problems may scare some off.

  28. Ed Ruff's Gravatar Comment by Ed Ruff on June 23rd, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    The last couple of years an illiterate uneducated man could easily make $50 -$60k in the oilfields. The work is hot dirty and dangerous. But the cyclic nature of the industry has led to massive layoffs in the past 6 months. Right now virtually no one is hiring.

  29. mr femi adurogboye's Gravatar Comment by mr femi adurogboye on June 30th, 2009 at 8:12 am

    how did l get working there and the company we get the visa for me if l start working l will pay for it .from nigeria ,l need quick reply thanks

  30. My Reference Frame's Gravatar Comment by My Reference Frame on July 8th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Some of these make sense but others don’t: there are alot of accountants and construction workers and truck drivers around.

  31. brandon's Gravatar Comment by brandon on July 13th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    john if you would read it, it says and i qote ” According to one estimate, even a somewhat experienced crab fisherman can catch as many as $50,000 worth of crabs in an 8 week period.” and not $50,000 a year
    john said “Since when is 50k/year “well paying”???”

  32. Jonathan's Gravatar Comment by Jonathan on July 13th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    You’d have to be a pretty good salesman to get a commission like that.

  33. Johnson's Gravatar Comment by Johnson on August 24th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Foot and ankle surgeons (podiatric surgeons) and general podiatrists go to medical school, then 2-4 years of residency and/or fellowship at prestigious hospitals, including Harvard teaching hospitals. the description depicted in this article is outdated and incorrect.

  34. Zack's Gravatar Comment by Zack on September 22nd, 2009 at 10:41 am

    To respond to Bob…I’m sure it was mostly sarcasm on your part but I read a study that shows that your average drug dealer on the street makes less than minimum wage for the number of hours they put in to their “business” and are often users, putting what they earn right back into their habit. That’s a big selling point in trying to keep high school students out of gangs and drugs. They all want money and movies glamorize the drug industry.

  35. Zack's Gravatar Comment by Zack on September 22nd, 2009 at 10:42 am

    VERY TRUE – but then again, this list was compiled by a simpleton who still derives great pleasure from fart jokes – as evidenced by the presence of gastroenterologist and proctologist on the list – both highly-desirable positions in real life.
    Talking about “Gastroenterologist is NOT an “overlooked” profession by any means”

  36. Zack's Gravatar Comment by Zack on September 22nd, 2009 at 10:43 am

    It seems that your figures are blown out of porpotion.

    For #6

  37. Zack's Gravatar Comment by Zack on September 22nd, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Some of these make sense but others don’t: there are alot of accountants and construction workers and truck drivers around. anyone dissagree or agree?

  38. jake's Gravatar Comment by jake on December 22nd, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Er… This list should really be called “Three well-paying, not-so-overlooked jobs and 22 Mediocre-paying jobs that most people get an education to avoid having to do”

    Seriously. Toll booth operator? $45,000? That isn’t “well-paying” at all, and there’s an obvious reason most people overlook it: ambition.

  39. arthur's Gravatar Comment by arthur on December 30th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    yeah who gives a fuck the more you earn the more you have to pay tax on. When you grow old they take it back off you if you have fuck all and you have enjoy your life then there is always someone there to look after you.
    Just remember all the tax you paid enjoy lift while you are young enough.There maybe a time in your life when you wont know what a doller or a dime is but some other fucker wil be there to help you spend it.Now get off your arse and enjoy life while you are able.

  40. Miami's Gravatar Comment by Miami on February 15th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    If you are a pharmacist you can make up to 300,000 a year!
    When you start out you are amking up to 100,000 that year, and if you start out in an hospital you will make more through out your career! I am suprised that they didnt show that on their!

  41. Pankaj's Gravatar Comment by Pankaj on February 24th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    hello,

    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 ozapankaj@yahoo.com 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

  42. Rex's Gravatar Comment by Rex on March 18th, 2010 at 2:19 am

    For #7, there’s a typo, that’s “drill bits” not “drill pits”!

  43. bill's Gravatar Comment by bill on April 3rd, 2010 at 10:23 am

    this article is poorly written, pethaps trying to be funny. do what appeals to you, do it with honor, integrity, quality, and then retire @60-55.
    life is far too short to wsdre on a peeing match of utter prestige nonsense.

  44. Daisy's Gravatar Comment by Daisy on May 13th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I agree with Bill… If you’re going to believe everything you read online, then it might be more than a good paying job your needing.

  45. Ytrail's Gravatar Comment by Ytrail on May 17th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I don’t see how #11 can do well on thier job with all the downsides. How you gone drive safely if your sleepy? And why do you have to eat fatty foods?

  46. James's Gravatar Comment by James on June 15th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Accountants – unfortunately the field is SATURATED, and most don’t make that much. The primary that do go from Big 4 to Investment Banking /PE Accounting which is like .0000001% since the there are way too many accountants and the competition is crazy. The vast majority unfortunately make less than plumbers or nurses.

  47. Chiropractor Myrtle Beach's Gravatar Comment by Chiropractor Myrtle Beach on July 14th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I have read a few other blogs related to this subject in the past few weeks in doing a research report for my boss. I have to say that what you’re saying here makes perfect sense and is helping me to get my head around this subject. Do you have any other blogs you could recommend to help my research?

    Thanks,

    Chiropractor

    Chiropractor Myrtle Beach

  48. Matt's Gravatar Comment by Matt on July 16th, 2010 at 1:58 am

    I think i might be a butt doctor….make alot of money :D

  49. Brandon's Gravatar Comment by Brandon on August 19th, 2010 at 7:50 am

    About 8 of these jobs will cost more in medical bills than you earn in wages. Seriously, do you have any idea how much a Cancer patient spends on medical bills?

  50. Thomas's Gravatar Comment by Thomas on September 1st, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    People are out of touch with reality:

    Pharmacy schools are producing too many students. Now, the cannot find jobs in the recession!
    Accountants: Too many people with degrees; thus, employers can shop around for cheap labor.

    There are just too many people with degrees. Everyone has a computer, so everyone is reading these articles.

    Here is the best advice I can give you about getting a job:

    Pursue anything Yahoo news does NOT cover in their Recession Proof Career articles. Those articles are causing a huge surge in the number of students applying for those fields. Almost half of my Chem class were students pursuing pre-Pharmacy because they read an article on Yahoo News.

    Sheep!

  51. Bill's Gravatar Comment by Bill on September 11th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    You are obviously embellishing the truth a little about these jobs. I have a friend who is a crab fisherman (been doing it for 10 years now), he makes around 80k a year between both seasons (King and Opillio). He is on a 125ft crab boat and is on the Deadliest Catch frequently. IF you are picked out of the thousands of applicants, your first 2 seasons you only make $150.00 a day until you become a full share deck hand. As far as the 8 week time frame, he is usually gone for 6 months. Sometimes they get lucky and are home in 8 weeks but it is very rare. And keep in mind the longer you are out the more you lose due to maintenance/fuel/food costs.

  52. NCK's Gravatar Comment by NCK on October 2nd, 2010 at 8:08 am

    It really makes me sick when I hear some person say “since when is 50K a lot of money”

    Check out HOW MANY PEOPLE make 50K a year IN THIS WORLD……It seems 50K IS a huge amount of money to earn….perhaps OUR WANTS are huge also….

  53. Dori's Gravatar Comment by Dori on November 3rd, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Not very helpful info. Most people would not be a good fit for most of thses job.

  54. Gerlof's Gravatar Comment by Gerlof on November 14th, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I assume some are pretax aswell? I contribute nothing to society, I really don’t, but I DO make loads. Loads being €638.750 per year pretax. I earn it by playing roulette, and since roulette is considered gambling i pay gambling tax instead of regular tax. This means that I only pay 29% tax instead of 57% if I had a ‘steady’ job. This means I earn €453.500 AFTER TAX per year.

    Desirable? Probably not, I spend working hours watching a ball go round, but atleast I can retire when I hit 35 and have 100k per year to spend until I die. Again, I AM useless, but I LOVE my life, eating the best food and drinking the best wines.

    And in my country (the Netherlands) the average earned salary is about 38k, so 50k is nearly 25% above average, so 50k IS a lot to most! In my case I earn 9x as much and would not know how to survive on 50k, but on average it really is not a bad list of wages.

    Hope this helped. If you are good at gambling, it is worth a shot, I earn twice what a heartsurgeon does, and i only needed 5 months and €260 to get in.

  55. lailani's Gravatar Comment by lailani on December 20th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    commission sounds good

  56. Barry's Gravatar Comment by Barry on December 23rd, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    podiatry is to mainstream medicine as a polka band is to the symphony orchestra.

  57. Cindy Lou's Gravatar Comment by Cindy Lou on January 13th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    $80,000 to collect trash in NYC? Really? Apparently, someone didn’t bother to check the Department of Sanitation website before making that claim:

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dsny/html/jobs/jobs.shtml#sanworkers

  58. Simon's Gravatar Comment by Simon on January 19th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Apparently Cindy Lou didn’t read through the lines on the Dept of Sanitation site, The current labor agreement provides for periodic increases to a maximum of $67,141 after 5 1/2 years. In addition to the basic annual wages, Sanitation Workers may also earn differential payments based on their specific assignment and overtime( and in the city of NY, they do just that). Anyway, don’t you know who runs sanitation? It’s NY, the unions are involved, who protects the Unions?

  59. SE's Gravatar Comment by SE on January 19th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    For anyone who does work in IT, or wants to go into IT, the money is in the Mobile industry, any and all programing, both on a ground level, or to be specific in the retail side of things is pretty good money. A first time project manager, one who works for a large electronics retailer, one who retails and activates phones, they are starting at around $65,000-$75,000, and if your actually not a typical bore average worker, like the administrator at a bank, a non challenging IT role, you can make upwards of $400,000.00. My wife currently makes $240,000.00 in IT, she is 37 and a senior project manager, she runs multiple multi million dollar projects, she is fortunate enough to also have a bonus dependent on her dept making a profit, mobile phones is the biggest money maker at this time!
    If your shrewd, a leader, multi task well and are willing to do what ever it takes to win, you can rule in IT, IT is a GEEK world, he or she that is the tough geek wins! most are not and act like children, they are over emotional and needy, so it’s easy if your bright and not like that to shine brighter than the rest!

  60. Abel's Gravatar Comment by Abel on January 27th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    the IT guys where work are lazy & surly and get paid 50% more than I do, and I work my ass off all day, every day.

  61. jr gayton's Gravatar Comment by jr gayton on January 27th, 2011 at 7:15 am

    i would realy be interseted in being a crab firsherman..i can start imeditally. 770 882 4317

  62. Petrov's Gravatar Comment by Petrov on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    The only way to make unlimited ammounts of money, and possibly without even working, or doind Anything! Is to be sucessful business owner or an investor. ( and I’m not taking about poor self employed people).

  63. Matt's Gravatar Comment by Matt on March 21st, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Man, 30k, 40k, 50k, is so much more than the average person makes in America, most people are only making about 10-15k a year, right now I am making 26k/y and have been so much better off than I have ever been.

  64. Daveed's Gravatar Comment by Daveed on March 21st, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I have been working in IT as a systems administrator for 5 years and don’t get paid what is on that list–that’s why I am here. The job isn’t that easy. You need an extremely logical mind and the patience of a monk to make complicated systems work. That’s not the real problem. It’s tiring trying to keep up with the technology treadmill. Just try getting a job if you don’t have the latest certs ($$$), despite years of math. Plus, you’re taken for granted until something breaks and work grinds to a halt. It really should be called Technology Disaster Management. Stay long enough and the work will ruin your personality, your eyes and your overall health. Doctors are going to end up with all of your money eventually. That’s why a friend and coworker of mine went off to medical school.

  65. Julia's Gravatar Comment by Julia on April 25th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    wow that was a nasty looking foot and this helped alot for a 6th grader thanks i guess :)

  66. Julia's Gravatar Comment by Julia on April 25th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    wats wrong witht that sales person’s mouth?? creepy :(

  67. C's Gravatar Comment by C on May 2nd, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Commissioned work only? Yeah, there’s also the possibility that you can starve making straight commission. I gather that you would have to be a liar to do it this way.

  68. Melissa's Gravatar Comment by Melissa on May 4th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I am in sales myself but I can’t imagine working on just commission. Some weeks you may not sell anything. I couldnt deal with the constant change of salary. I need stability.

  69. Catherina's Gravatar Comment by Catherina on May 4th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Clearly I am in the wrong field. I need to be a gastroenterologist.

  70. Ben's Gravatar Comment by Ben on August 3rd, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Come on ! this list is complete BS

    I work in IT and looking to get out.. after years in the field I earn 1/4 of the ‘average’ you suggest

  71. david's Gravatar Comment by david on August 4th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    good info here glad i came

  72. Anonymous's Gravatar Comment by Anonymous on March 10th, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Lawyer is the best

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