15 Odd Jobs That Pay Ridiculously Well

1. Crime Scene Cleaner

Well, you never quite know what to expect at a crime scene but someone has to clean it up. People who do this as their job go to the scene of the crime or and clean up everything that remains after the police work is done.


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You don’t exactly need a college degree for this kind of work but it is recommended to get certified through a course that teaches the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s standards and procedures for cleaning crime scenes and getting rid of hazardous materials. The top 10% of earners net salaries of $75,160 annually.

2. Wildlife Control Agent

Wildlife control agents have important jobs as they control the animal population and protect surrounding environments. They conduct on-site surveys to determine the number of birds and other animals that live in the habitat.


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Salaries in this profession range from around $57,000 to $69,000 annually in the United States, according to Salary Expert. You may also see some of the most secluded places on Earth. In this profession you will spend a major part of your day outdoors and is for you if you love nature.

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3. Certified Ethical Hacker

This profession is on the rise with a huge gap in the market. People need certified ethical hackers in all types of businesses. These hackers, also known as “penetration testers” are professionally paid to find areas of weakness in computer systems by intentionally hacking them.


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A lot of people in this industry typically have a degree in computer science but a percentage of people are so good with computers and hacking naturally that an intensive course can be taken and you can earn well. It’s recommended to get a degree first though. The average salary is $153,090.

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4. Elevator Installer and Repairer

Elevators are found in any chic apartment building, malls, airports and business centers. They obviously need to run smoothly and safely as hundreds of people can use them in just one day. People who install and repair elevators need to make sure they work well and are safe.


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This kind of job requires an apprenticeship – you really need to know what you are doing for the safety of others. Around 35 states require workers to hold a license. If you don’t have a degree this is a good job to go for as it pays around $115,880 annually.

5. Nuclear Medicine Technologist

With this profession you would operate the equipment that takes images of a patient’s body. Technologists administer radioactive drugs to patients before the images are taken to highlight the particular area that’s being examined.


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The technologist will look for any potential issues or reactions from the drug in the patient in addition to controlling the equipment. You would typically need an associate’s degree in nuclear medicine technology, although many professionals have a bachelors degree. The salary ranges between $75,660 and $103,660.

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6. Medical Illustrator

Carrying on in the medical field, a medical illustrator requires specialized training and advanced education in many disciplines including medicine and art. Medical illustrators work with scientists and doctors to draw complex medical or scientific information for education, research or marketing purposes.


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Most people in this field have a master’s degree from an accredited graduate program. This is a growing sector with a broad title and an annual salary is between $62,000 to $100,000. If you are self-employed in this career you can earn even more.

7. Wind Turbine Technician

If you don’t suffer from vertigo and like the outdoors this may just be the career for you. Also known as wind techs, people who work in this field install, repair and maintain wind turbines. They constantly need to make routine inspections.


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They develop their skills by attending programs through technical school or community college. There is a strong demand for this work and there is typically a 12-month training period once you are hired. Salaries for this career range between $53,880 and $80,170.

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8. Cruise Ship Entertainer

This job takes a lot of energy but can also be a whole lot of fun. In this job you can act, dance or even sing. Many people apply for these jobs and it is a competitive market. They require an audition or audition video.


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Perks for this kind of work include a competitive salary, full health coverage, vacation pay, free travel (around the world), free lodging, free food and cruise discounts. If you are between the ages of 18 and 40 and love adventure, this is the career choice for you. You can get paid up to $65,000 annually. Also, Famous Oscar and Grammy award winner Jennifer Hudson started her career singing on a cruise ship so it can take you places!

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9. Woodworker

Do you love working with your hands and working specifically with wood? Then this may be the career for you. You need to be creative, precise, pay attention to detail and be proficient in operating computerized machinery.


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Typically, you need a high school diploma and possibly a wood-working certificate or diploma, pure talent and passion. Typically, you can earn more than $48,360 in this career and can eventually build up to having your own store or even work from home out of your garage.

10. Bounty Hunter

Ok, this is a really interesting career and you have to be emotionally really strong for this kind of work. You also have to be adventurous, have a lot of guts and enjoy chasing the “bad” guy. They serve as fugitive recovery agents and pursue criminal fugitives who have posted bail but fail to appear in court.


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Some really good bounty hunters can even get paid six figures. They are, in fact, paid a percentage of the bail bond amount. To become a bounty hunter, you will need to complete a training program. Some states require bounty hunters to be licensed. One thing is for sure, it’s not a dull career. If you love excitement – this is for you, although there is obvious danger involved.

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11. Portable Toilet Route Driver

One of the most unglamorous of all these odd careers, people in these jobs bring and service portable toilets where they are needed from crowded concert venues to sporting events and construction sites.


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For this job you need to be fit and physically strong as you need to be able to lift more than 75 pounds and climb in and out of a truck more than 60 times per day. It can pay as much as $49,920 annually. It comes with paid off time, tuition reimbursement, job training and union benefits.

12. Glazier

Some odd jobs pay really well because they are potentially dangerous. This is one of them. Glaziers install glass exteriors, such as windows, on buildings. More often than not they will be found on construction sites.


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Glaziers can also have less-hazardous duties, such as installing everything from windows to shower doors in residential construction. For this career you need a high school diploma and take part in a 4-year apprenticeship program. You can earn between $42, 580 and $79, 090 in this career.

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13. Embalmer

Not for the faint-hearted, this career requires you to work with those that have passed on. In this career, you need to be highly trained from Mortuary school. You may need to remove blood and replace it with embalming fluid, apply makeup or reconstruct the physical appearance to disguise damage. Every state requires an embalmer to be licensed and hold a two-year mortuary science degree.


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This career requires you to be flexible with time and have a strong constitution. You need to be able to deal with death and tragedy sensitively every day and know how to deal with families who are mourning the loss of their loved ones. Embalmers receive between $42,780 and $69, 900 annually.

14. Cartographer

Cartographers earn a living by professionally designing maps. In this job you will need to collect geographical information to create a visual representation of data. You will need a degree in cartography, geography, geomatics, engineering, math or surveying. They also must be licensed in certain states.


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Cartographers make between $63, 990 and $100,670 annually. The most lucrative sector for cartographers is within the federal government. The number of jobs is growing 19 percent faster than the average for all occupations.

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15. Food Scientist

Food scientists make food fun. Almost every product you see at the grocery store had a food scientist working on it. They are responsible for developing nutritious food that tastes good and is free from bacteria.


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In this career you will need a bachelor’s degree in an area such as food science, chemistry, or microbiology. You can end up working for food manufacturers, labs, universities and government agencies. Just remember, behind every flavor of a Jelly Belly or a tub of Ben and Jerry’s lies a food scientist. If you love food and are looking for a fun and creative career this could be the one for you! The annual salary for this career ranges between $38,260 to $71,270.