10 Lesser Known Jobs That Pay Incredibly Well

When most people think of professions that command high salaries, doctors and lawyers are probably the first people that come to mind. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of people will ever be successful in those fields. That's not including the fact that a ton of (often expensive) schooling is needed to get into those jobs as well.

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Missing out on these particular jobs doesn't mean that you're destined to work low-paying jobs all of your life, though. The jobs on this list might be lesser-known by the public, but they pay incredibly well.

10 Cartographer - $61,000

Cartographers are mapmakers, in a sense, but they do much more than that. They're the people who analyze geographical data like population density and demographic characteristics, according to Career Explorer. They also update existing maps to make them more accurate as new technology arises.

This particular job does require a wealth of scientific and technical training. But if that's your thing, it could bring you in a median salary of around $61,000 a year.

9 Bounty Hunter - $79,000

Bounty hunters are freelance contractors who work to capture fugitives who've bailed on their bond. What most people probably don't know is that bounty hunters are well within the laws as they "hunt" their targets. They even have laxer restrictions than traditional law enforcement officers.

Bounty hunting is an extremely dangerous profession, so you'll have to decide whether or not the money is worth it to you. The job requires long, unpredictable hours and tracking and capturing skills. The average bounty hunter makes $79,000 a year.

8 Technical Writer -$70,000

Technical writers are the people responsible for translating complicated, confusing technical jargon into layman's terms. In other words, they simplify things for the average Joe. Other aspects of the job include things like creating instruction manuals and overseeing instructional databases.

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To become a technical writer, a person often needs at least an undergraduate degree in communications, writing, or a similar line of study. The average technical writer can make about $70,000 a year.

7 Elevator Inspector - $64,000

Most of us don't think of the dangers of getting into a faulty elevator. There have been so few life-threatening or fatal elevator accidents that the statistics are too low to even worry over. You can think elevator inspectors for this. They're the people who are tasked with making sure all the functions of the elevator work properly so that it doesn't get stuck on random floors or plunge one hundred feet out of nowhere.

Elevator inspectors also test escalators and other lift equipment to make sure they're up to code. The job doesn't require an undergrad degree. You only need a high school diploma and the necessary training and experience. The average elevator inspector makes around $64,000 a year.

6 Hydrologist - $79,900

Hydrologists are scientists who study water, to put it plainly. The profession branches off into specialties. Many groundwater hydrologists work to prevent contamination in standing bodies of water. Surface hydrologists might focus on measuring and recording precipitation levels in a given area.

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Since hydrology is a branch of physical science, it does require extensive schooling. If working in nature and playing a big role in keeping people safe is a priority then it might be the right job for you. The average hydrologist makes $79,900 a year.

5 Skycap -$80,000

Skycaps are the people who assist passengers in airports. Their job duties can consist of anything from hauling luggage, checking bags, and helping load and unload personal items. They might also help answer queries about flights or give restaurant recommendations.

The average skycap makes $80,000 dollars a year. Because skycaps also depend on tips, it can be even more lucrative if they consistently provide quality service. Because of the physical expectations, this job is probably best suited for people of optimal health.

4 Crime Scene Cleaner - $80,000

Crime scene cleaners, known sometimes as forensic cleaners and not to be confused with crime scene investigators, are the people who clean up crime scenes and return them to their former glory. It's not an easy job by any means. Crime scene cleaners regularly have to bear witness to awful, gory crimes and come into contact with blood and other bodily fluids.

Because criminals don't take days off, their hours are also irregular and unpredictable. So while the average crime scene cleaner makes around $80,000 a year, which is a decent amount of money, it's important that you weigh the cons of the job against the money.

3 Oil Rig Worker - $100,000

How Stuff Works defines an oil rig as a "manned platform used for land or off-shore drilling." Oil rig workers are the men and women who work on oil rigs. Their jobs can include duties like making sure the electric utilities are up and working, or even being part of the safety team, who makes sure that things run smoothly.

Because of the long periods of time away from home and the potential dangers that come from working around oil, whether on land or at sea, oil rig workers should express a sincere passion for the job. An oil rig worker's salary usually caps at around $100,000.

2 Ethical Hacker- $118,000

Most instances of hacking will land a person in jail, but there are some companies that seek out highly skilled web aficionados in order to thwart any future attacks from malicious individuals. These are called ethical hackers, also known as penetration testers.

They're brought on to find weaknesses within the security structures that protect the company's sensitive files. For those people who have the right skills, this career comes with a nice little paycheck. Excuse us, a nice big paycheck. The average salary of ethical hackers is $118,000.

1 Celebrity Feng Shui Consultant - $250,000

Feng Shui is an ancient practice that originated in China thousands of years ago. People who utilize Feng Shui believe that the layout of a room or building influences negative and positive outcomes. A highly-followed practice among famous people, celebrity Feng Shui specialists are regularly sought-after.

Instead of taking the time to learn the art of Feng Shui themselves, celebrities spend some of their riches on hiring professionals to rearrange their living spaces for them. The average celebrity Feng Shui specialist can make up to $250,000 a year.

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