The average American spends 7.64 hours a day working, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and this figure does not include breaks or time spent commuting. Work also represents the single largest consumption of our time, since the average person doesn’t even sleep 7.64 hours each night. But if you have to spend the majority of your time at work, consider these four fun careers that also pay well.
Video Game Designers
If you’re creative, you would be hard-pressed to find a job that’s more fun than getting paid to design video games. These individuals use their imagination to dream up every facet of the gaming experience. Content designers develop the plot and characters, while level designers create the game’s background elements. In addition, game mechanic designers focus on a particular aspect: for example in a war game, they would design the combat system. Writers are the designers responsible for the dialogue and text. The BLS states that video game designers have no formal educational requirement, but it recommends a degree in game design, game development or computer science. Video game designers average a minimum of $68,000 a year, according to “Game Developer” magazine.
Agents and Business Managers for Artists, Performers, and Athletes
For entertainment and sports fanatics, a job as an agent or business manager will allow you to hobnob with high-profile celebrities. Agents and business managers may have various job titles such as talent agent, booking agent, or athletic marketing agent. In addition, they may be known as the artist’s or athlete’s representative. Agents and managers schedule promotional events and meetings for their clients. They also negotiate with other managers and promoters and manage the business affairs and travel arrangements of their clients. The BLS reports the median annual salary for these agents and business managers as $64,790. There is no formal education requirement, but many of these professionals have a bachelor’s degree.
If you think it would be more fun to be the center of attention than to work behind the scenes, a job as a politician would probably rank high on your list of enjoyable careers. You can choose to run for one of many offices, including city council member or mayor. Or you might be elected as a state representative, or a member of Congress. Whether on the local, state or federal level, politicians wield considerable power as governing officials and legislators. They also enjoy a high level of prestige and media coverage. There is no educational requirement to be a politician. Salaries vary, according to the BLS, ranging from some mayors who work for free to members of Congress who make $174,000 annually.
FBI Special Agents
If you enjoyed playing cops and robbers as a child, a job as an FBI special agent might be a fun career choice. The thrill of adventure can be found in one of five special agent career paths, including the Directorate of Intelligence, which works to discover and provide useful and timely information. The Counterintelligence Division identifies and neutralizes the penetration and compromise of our agencies and assets. The Counterterrorism Division works to identify and prevent acts of terrorism against the country. The Criminal Investigative Division focuses on organized and drug related crime, in addition to financial and violent crime, and public corruption. The Cyber Division works to thwart digital crimes including Internet fraud, malicious computer viruses and child pornography. A bachelor’s degree is the minimum education requirement for special agents, according to the FBI. The median annual salary for new special agents is $43,441, plus locality and availability pay, so depending on the region to which new agents are assigned, they could earn between $61,100 and $69,900.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Economic News Release
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Work for Play – Careers in Video Game Development
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Agents andBusiness Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
- O-net Online: Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Politician
- Congressional Research Service: Congressional Salaries and Allowances
Terri Williams began writing professionally in 1997, working with a large nonprofit organization. Her articles have appeared in various online publications including Yahoo, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report University Directory, and the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago. Williams has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.