10 Jobs That Let You Drive Fast


You pity the 9-to-5 fools, holed-up behind their desks, bug-eyed from staring at their monitors all day. With one lead foot on the gas and a double-fisted power grip on the wheel, your idea of work involves high velocities and sound salaries. But where does someone with your need for speed turn to when looking for a job? Consider these gigs that let you put the pedal to the metal:

1. Automobile Tester

What they do: Test drive new car models and help determine performance and safety ratings.

What allows it: When considering how an automobile is handling, testers need to observe every element of the vehicle and how it handles.

What it pays: The median hourly earnings are $16.54.*

2. Race Car Driver

What they do: Race automobiles competitively around tracks or in designated areas at top speeds.

What allows it: Race car driving is the ultimate job to let you drive fast.

What it pays: The salaries of race car drivers are generally undisclosed unless a legal case requires the figures to be released. Annual salaries can start at $100,000, plus drivers can earn a bonus based on race results.

3. Pilot

What they do: Operate aircraft for purposes including commercial, agricultural or entertainment reasons.

What allows it: It's simply about getting the passengers or cargo to the desired destination as fast (and safely) as possible.

What it pays: The median annual salary of airline pilots, copilots and flight engineers is $129,250 and the median annual salary of commercial pilots is $53,870.

4. Firefighter

What they do: Use strategy and equipment to confine and extinguish fires.

What allows it: Firefighters need to respond quickly and drive as fast and safely as possibly to get to the scene of the fire.

What it pays: At the state and local levels, firefighters make a median salary of $40,000 a year.

5. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

What they do: Drive to the scene of an emergency to administer medical treatment and transport the injured party to the emergency room.

What allows it: The response time to meet the emergency situation is crucial. Sirens and lights alert other drivers and pedestrians while ambulance drivers race through red lights and pass traffic.

What it pays: The median annual salary for an EMT with one to four years of experience is $27,500.

6. Taxi Driver

What they do: Drive passengers to their desired destinations.

What allows it: They need to get customers where they want to be on time.

What it pays: The median annual salary for a taxi driver with one to four years of experience is $35,000.

7. Valet (Parking Attendant)

What they do: Park and retrieve customers' cars.

What allows it: While a valet position hardly allows the freedom to hit high speeds like a race car driver or even taxi driver might, the focus is still getting the car back to its owner as quickly (and safely) as possible.

What it pays: The median salary for workers ages 18 to 25 is $22,000, and $47,000 for workers ages 25 to 44.

8. Ocean Lifeguard

What they do: Use expert swimming and training skills to rescue people and animals from water-related accidents and oversee the safety of the water area they are observing.

What allows it: As a lifeguard, speed becomes a matter of life and death. Additionally, when overseeing a large body of water, speed boats and other faster modes of transport are needed.

What it pays: The median annual salary for government-employed lifeguards is $21,000.

9. Bike Messenger

>What they do: Use bikes as means of transporting letters and packages from one destination to another.

What allows it: Keeping up with car traffic is essential to getting the job done and staying safe.

What it pays: The median annual salary for company-employed messengers is $25,940.

10. Delivery Driver

What they do: Take goods from businesses and consumers to clients via automobile or truck.

What allows it: While delivery drivers are expected to follow the rules of the road, they need to know the fastest route possible.

What it pays: The median annual salary for company-employed drivers is $34,000.

*Salary information from The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Payscale.com, CareerProspects.org and FortWayne.com

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