Depending on where you stand in your education and career journey, you may or may not have started to think further down the road to “what you will be when you grow up.” The good news is, there are a number of unique careers which get you outside of the mold of a “typical” job and pay exceptionally well. It is best to know about this before you go to college, so you can major in the appropriate field of study.
Here is a short list of what careers they cover in more detail:
Air Traffic Controller
Geomatic engineering/Land surveying
Unexploded Ordinance Technician
Hearing aid practitioner/Audiologist
Hospital technology repair
Environmental management (in Canada)
Geospatial/geographic information systems
See the article for more details. There are definitely a lot of intriguing career choices here. The question you’ll want to consider is what do your really enjoy doing. The next question to ask is what are you particularly good at doing? Where those 2 intersect is what Sir Ken Robinson calls “The Element.” In the ideal world, if you can find your element you really will love what you do. This is where passion and aptitude meet.
Unfortunately it isn’t always easy to arrive at this place. You may be very familiar with what you love to do, but don’t think you are very good at doing it. On the other hand you may be exceptionally good at something, but really hate when you have to do it. Neither of these would qualify. Don’t be afraid of pursuing an education in following your passion. Here is an inspiring “Ted talk” from the aforementioned Ken Robinson on creativity in education. It is worth your time if you are in school or involved in education.
If you are to the point of going to school, you should ideally have a sense of what your element may be. If not, looking for a unique career that pays well is a bit of a consolation prize. You can’t put your life on hold because you don’t know for certain what your dream career is. Rather, you have to make the best decision with the information you have available. This list isn’t exhaustive by any means, but keep your options open and volunteer, intern, network, and just keep meeting new people an experiencing new things. Eventually, you’ll find that thing which just feels right.
Thinking Ahead - Unique Careers That Pay Well