Tired of crunching numbers or sitting in a cubicle? There are many different and interesting jobs out there in the USA. Granted, many of the most interesting are either highly competitive or pay low wages, so before you decide to throw in the towel on the insurance adjuster job, be sure you know what you are getting yourself into.
If you love wildlife and animals but are at heart an urbanite, look at being a zoo docent. Zoo docents are teachers and naturalists that give interpretation of the animals on display. Most zoos provide full training and uniforms. Zoo docents get to be around animals like lions, tigers, gorillas and elephants on a daily basis. And when you watch the animals’ behavior, it is hard to imagine anything more interesting than that. Docents earn low hourly wages or start as volunteers.
Mortuary Makeup Artist
If you have a penchant for the macabre and know how to apply rouge, consider becoming a mortuary makeup artist. These makeup artists are responsible for making the corpse visually presentable for open-casket services. Makeup artists work in stressful situations, often having to prepare corpses as a result of accidents or other traumatic experiences. Mortuary makeup artists earn on average $27,000 per year.
National Park Guides
Whether you enjoy the backcountry and wilderness or urban parks, working as a National Park Guide gets you out there. Take visitors out for guided walks and tours of the parks, presenting facts and information about them in accessible and informative ways. This job is either seasonal with yearly furloughs or year-round. Most National Park guides earn between $17 and $23 per hour.
If you grew up watching cartoons or reading comic books and have an artistic flare, consider going back to school for animation. Independent animators get hired to produce everything from local advertisements to educational cartoons to contractors for feature animated films. It helps to have a solid operational knowledge of computers. Animators earn anywhere from $15,000 to $150,000 per year.
In terms of animation, animators are actors as well. They are fantastic actors. They have to draw from how they feel emotionally about the beat of a scene that they’re working on. They work collaboratively.
If barnstorming in an open cockpit biplane sounds like your cup of tea, think about heading to the nation’s Mid-West to crop dust the fields. Crop dusters fly small biplanes or bush aircraft low and slow over the farms and fields, spraying anything from pesticides to seeds. During the off-season, they fly for aviation tourism businesses or aviation charters that specialize in sky-writing or aerial banner advertising. Independent pilots like crop dusters or tour based fliers earn on average from $17,000 to $27,000 per year.