Below are 10 incredibly easy jobs out there that pay big money; jobs that most people fear, despise, or never thought could make anyone any money. Almost all these jobs have very flexible hours and they are all very easy to do, although they require some qualifications. If you hate your job and do not earn these figures listed below, it might be time for you to think about what changes you need to make in your career.
1. Chief Information Officer – $124,000
A job title beginning with the word “chief” is often a very prestigious job, which is held by one of the most senior people in an organization. The chief information officer reports directly to the chief executive officer (CEO) concerning matters relating to computer systems and information technology, and how they affect the company’s goals.
The information that this officer gives to the CEO is that which he or she gets from his or her subordinates. Although one has to have very high qualifications to even be considered for such a post, the thing about this job is that it is very easy to do because other people are doing all the dirty work for them. Chief information officers take home at least $124,000 per annum.
2. Race Engineer – $120,000
A race engineer is an individual whose role in a racing team is to get the car to perform at its peak and get the driver to be at his best in every race. This professional uses the data from the analysts and the mechanics to make changes that will improve the overall performance of the car and the driver. For a minute, the work sounds so complicated but an engineer worth his or her salt will find it easy and fun.
Race engineers do not pay to watch races from the stands like you and I; they are paid to show up in the races, interact with the racers and their vehicles, and to help bring home championships. Race engineers earn upwards of $120,000 annually.
3. Astronomer – $115,000
Astronomy sounds like a very complicated field of science because astronomers talk about things that are so amazing and hard to believe exist within and beyond our galaxy. The work of an astronomer is to study planets, comets, moons, stars, and galaxies through observation, through data analysis, or through theoretical astronomy.
In simple terms, astronomers are the people who look into space through a telescope and tell the rest of us what is happening out there. Astronomy sure sounds simple, because astronomers do not change anything; they just look into space, talk about it, and make a cool $115,000 every year in the process.
4. Political Scientist – $104,000
As president Barack Obama prepares to leave the White House, the race to become his successor is heating up with every passing day. Every American has an opinion on what the country needs, who is the best person to take this great nation forward, and what is likely to happen in the next few months. The job of a political scientist is to study a system of government, analyse the political activity, interpret political behaviour, and relate the theoretical and practical aspects of political science as a discipline.
In that case, the work of a political scientist is very easy because the information they deal with is readily available and, as far back as the time government was established, people have always had an opinion on politics, governance and resource distribution. Imagine making $104,000 per annum talking about and analysing politics?
5. Video Game Player – $100,000
Did your parents or teachers ever tell you to stop playing video games because they were a waste of time and that if you didn’t concentrate on your books you would amount to nothing? Your parents and teachers were telling you that with all the right motives and intentions, wanting you to be successful following the path that others had followed. However, do you know that some professional video game players make in excess of $100,000 a year, an amount that most office jobs will never pay?
Furthermore, would you believe me if I told you that some gamers make millions of dollars from just playing games? If you don’t believe me, do a little research and you will find them. Gamers make money primarily through winning competitions, sponsorship deals, and through promotions.
6. Motivational Speaker – $90,000
A motivational speaker is a person who makes speeches that inspire the listeners to feel good about themselves and strive to become better at everything they do. Motivational speaking is not hard, as long as you have the confidence to stand in front of an audience and eloquently articulate a few inspiring points.
Motivational speakers make a lot of money in the easiest possible way, flying to distant places to give a pep talk to employees, students, or entrepreneurs who are willing to part with a lot of money to be told that they are better than they think they are. Making at least $90,000 a year on speaking engagements is a great way to live, isn’t it?
7. Business Consultant – $90,000
Not just anyone can become a business consultant, because this field belongs to professionals who have built businesses from the ground up or those who run companies that have a record of success. Business consultants provide expert or professional advice to businesses that need such advice, and their services do not come cheap.
The toughest thing about business consulting is making a name for yourself as, after achieving that title, it becomes smooth sailing from there. Business consultants make at least $90,000 a year giving advice to other businesses, with most of that advice consisting of the things they have gone through and experienced over the course of their business life.
8. Art Director – $90,000
People who are into the arts are some of the highest paid individuals we have in society today. The masses will always pay to witness or even be a part of wonderful works of art, and great artists cash in on every opportunity they get. Art directors also make a lot of money owing to their skills of enhancing the visual style and appeal of artwork in the form of newspapers, magazines, movies, television productions, theatre productions, and art galleries.
These professionals come up with the overall design in collaboration with the art developers to make the final product more appealing and ready for the market. Although this profession sounds easy, it probably isn’t, but either way an art director goes home with at least $90,000 every year.
9. Forex Trader – $85,000
A Forex trader is one of those professionals who live like celebrities, only when they are making winning trades consistently. Forex trading is very lucrative, but it can land you in debt. The best thing about Forex trading is that a trader works with a daily income target which he or she can achieve within a few hours and surpass it.
Depending on a trader’s capital, his or her trading strategies, the condition of the market, use of available market information, experience, and healthy Forex trading practices, a Forex trader can easily make a fortune in a single day. Imagine how awesome it would be, making not less than $85,000 a year looking at charts for less than five hours during the day or night, and relaxing during all the other hours.
10. Chief Listening Officer – $75,000
If you have been eavesdropping on other people’s conversations so much that you think you can make a career out of it, you probably never will, but you could at least try out the role of a chief listening officer. A chief listening officer is an individual hired by a company to listen on conversations about its products, services, or anything people are saying about it.
Such an individual keeps track of all social media platforms, and then passes the information, ideas, or complaints to the relevant departments. There is nothing hard about this job – it actually sounds like someone gets paid $75,000 every year to be on Facebook and Twitter; it doesn’t get much cooler than that.