17 High-Paying Careers You've Never Heard Of

Air traffic control tower and aeroplane at Airport Saint Exupery, Lyon, France

Sometimes, great jobs come in unusual packages. Sometimes, they're things you've never considered at all. Below, you'll find what Reddit users consider some of the best careers around--none of which, you'll find, are especially glamorous. Because come on: glamour is overrated! What matters is finding a career you love and can depend upon, and for the right job seeker, these underrated, high-paying jobs could satisfy both. Take a look, and happy applying!

18 High-Paying Careers That You've Probably Never Heard Of
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17 High-Paying Careers You've Never Heard Of

Median salary: $78,160

"My father is an ATC at Pearson. 200k a year with brilliant benefits. He provided a great quality of life for my family." – 1stOnRT1

> Find a job as an air-traffic controller

Median salary: $17.00/hour

"The cool thing is you don't need a college degree, or any kind of education (personally, I have my Bachelors in an unrelated field)." – IClimbStuff

> Find a job as a tower technician

Median salary: $42,053

"Most surveyors are old, for instance, the average age of a surveyor in the state of CA is in the mid to late fifties, which means you will definitely get a job out of college and you can quickly work your way up to a decent 6 figure income once you get your professional license." – TheGeomatician

> Find a job as a land surveyor

Median salary: $50,425

"As a career, industrial design is a great fusion of art and engineering. The problems are challenging, the work is varied and creative, and design consultancies have some of the best work environments and cultures you could ask for. And at the core of it all, you're tasked with answering the question, 'what sort of future do we want to live in?' Design is so much more than making things shiny." - Grizzleyt

> Find a job as an industrial designer

Base pay: $17 - 28/hour

"Takes about 12k and a month and a half of school, then about 65k Starting, 80k In three years, and 100k plus in 8 years. Have to be willing to live out of a suitcase, and you get to blow things up." – Kriieod

> Find a job as an unexploded ordnance technician

Median salary: $52,831

"You work from home most of the time, lawyers very rarely schedule depositions before 10:00 a.m., you can make your own schedule, and the pay is great. Your pay reflects how hard you want to work and the jobs you're getting, but I made 65k my first year and nearly 80k my second." – Bad_Karma21

> Find a job as a court stenographer

Median salary: $59,633

"There are only a few schools who offer this degree but the level of difficulty is not high and the unemployment rate after graduation is incredibly low. Also you are likely to be hired to Fortune 500 companies, (P&G, Johnson & Johnson, Bemis, etc.)" – Klarkson1273

> Find a job as a packaging engineer

Salary range: $95,000 to $120,000

"You have to do a premed track in undergrad, but then go to a 2 year masters program which has 100% job placement and the average starting salary is about 120k. I never knew about it as an undergrad and wasted a few years getting another masters in an unrelated field and working for a bit." – parallax1

> Find a job as an anesthesiology assistant

Median salary: $65,000

"I don't think many people realize just how many practitioners are going to be needed in [the] not too distant future. The baby boomers are getting older and a lot of them will need hearing aids. Along with that, you have the ipod generation who crank headphone volumes too loud." – the-d-man

> Find a job as an audiologist

Median salary: $90,930

"The short of it is a 2-2.5 year long post-grad program, and then you're able to work in the industry with a comparatively high level of independence and earning 6 figures doing something that results in one feeling as though they're making some sort of difference." - You_Dont_Party

> Find a job as a physician assistant

Median salary: $58,012

"As a former biomed technician, I can confirm that it's a very solid industry to get in on. Medical equipment (even on the smaller scale, infusion pumps, defibrillators, god damn portable suction machines) are ridiculously overpriced, and with this comes huge maintenance prices too. I remember one week in particular, our team of four technicians working on a particular job billed $35,000+ for our company simply doing routine checks on certain equipment in one of the nearby hospitals." – Bananaman_lives

> Find a job as a hospital equipment technician

Median salary: $51,867

"Fellow auditor here, and I couldn't agree more. Large companies have management training rotations in audit because of the risk/controls knowledge you get and the broad understanding of processes, so it's definitely a good track to leadership. I also find it financially rewarding. 6 years out of undergrad, over $100k/year." – Xomegaalpha

> Find a job as an internal auditor

Median salary: $99,695

"Anything to do with the environment, it doesn't matter which party is in charge. If you don't get something private sector out in Alberta you can always go up to the territories for an easy 100,000$ a year. That doesn't mean it won't suck, but you're fresh out of university (college for all you weird people) you can't and shouldn't be picky for the first few years and it's good money." – pru555

> Find a job as an environmental manager

Average salary: $70,146

"Sequencing technology is getting cheaper & amount of data is increasing while there [are] not enough people to analyze it." – bio-hack

> Find a job as a bioinformatics programmer

Median salary: $57,388

"I was on the higher end for salaries (most making about $80k) There's worldwide options especially if you get educated in a Western University. Mining Engineers in the US make a little less (~$65k) but for the amount of people working for $30k on masters degrees in other industries, you can't really complain. You do have to be willing to live in remote areas." – truffleshufflegoonie

> Find a job as a mining engineer

Median salary: $42,864

"My friends whole family are morticians and funeral directors. Not one of them makes less than $50k. One of them finished mortician science school at 20 and started making $60k as an apprentice and in a couple years he'll be a full blown embalmer making twice that." – Austronano

> Find a job as a funeral director

Average salary: $49,000

"Employers LOVE it and demand for it is high. It's one of the few jobs you can do well in with a bachelor's degree too, masters are rather specialized and go more into satellite work or high level statistics generally. Starting wages are generally 40-60k a year from what I've seen but there's a lot of room to move around and move up the ladder." – Shorvok

> Find a job as a GIS specialist

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