10 jobs that pay well and let you live out your childhood fantasy, from stunt performer to ice cream taster
- Some jobs live up to our wildest childhood imaginations - and pay well, too.
- Jobs like ice cream tasting and toy designing can earn close to $100,000 a year.
- Other jobs, like stunt performing, are not for the faint of heart, and require a brave spirit along with years of expertise.
- Here are 10 professions that pay for you to live out your childhood dreams.
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"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
This timeless question often elicits answers like "teacher," "firefighter," and "veterinarian." And while those remain rock-solid choices for anyone's career, kids have plenty of more unusual options to make a living when they grow up, without actually growing up.
We found 10 professions that let you hang on to all of the adventure, imagination, and flat-out fun that childhood offers while also making a lucrative living, from stunt performer to ice cream taster. Several of these jobs pay more than $100,000 at the highest levels.
Considering a career change? We don't blame you.
Video game designers earn an average starting salary of approximately $63,000 — and it can eventually rise to $148,000 or more, according to Zip Recruiter.
Meanwhile, professional gamers can earn a staggering amount of money from competitions — sometimes in the millions of dollars. And they tend to retire young, too.
Stunt performers can make an average of $70,000 a year and can graduate to making $250,000 for work in blockbuster films.
The Magic Kingdom pays its designers and engineers, known as Walt Disney Imagineers, a range of salaries due to the wide differences that exist between roles. A concept artist could earn less than $80,000, while a design architect can make more than $200,000.
Here's a job that's literally a blast. Pyrotechnicians can get paid up $2,000 per event to coordinate explosives and fireworks for all types of shows and festivities.
It sounds almost too good to be true, but you can actually make a career out of eating ice cream — and get paid a cool $100,000 a year while you're at it, according to Payscale.
If you've always loved inventing silly characters to entertain your family and friends, try channeling that talent and imagination into a career as a voice-over artist. The average voice-over artist earns in the vicinity of $75,000, but at the high end, your pipes could command nearly $200,000.
Toy designers really get to play professionally, and the best among them navigate this highly competitive field to make anywhere from $60,000 to $100,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Was the petting zoo your preferred hangout when you were a kid? Zoologists in the top 75% of their field can make anywhere from $60,000 to $126,000 a year, but salaries vary by state.
And if you were obsessed with aviation as a kid, you could go on to become an airline pilot, making a median salary of more than $140,000.
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