10 Best Jobs In The World
The 10 best jobs in the world are highly coveted, highly competitive and extremely uncertain. There's a price for the best that manifests itself in a lengthy investment or high risk/reward factor. But if you can make the commitment and accept the possibility of failure, the rewards can be vast, even if they're not financial.
Here are the ten best jobs in the world:
- Freelance journalist. With shrinking budgets and higher cravings for 'info-tainment,' hard-hitting journalism is falling by the wayside, at least as dar as newspapers are concerned. A steady market still exists for investigative stories in magazines, many written by freelancers. While staff writers must have at least a bachelor's degree, the only requirement of freelancers is that they pitch and write a good story.
- Repo man to the rich. The wealthy have money problems too. But where repossessing household appliances and 'not-so' luxury vehicles is depressing, taking high-ticket items like Lear Jets or boats is exhilarating. If that isn't enough, the required job skills are lock picking, plane and/or boat piloting skills and general subterfuge.
- Test car driver. Imagine rolling out of bed, getting in your car to drive to work and immediately getting into another car to push it to its limits. Unfortunately, there's no college degree for test driving. A mechanical engineering degree will put you ahead.
- Sky diving instructor. Like the above, except you only work in good weather, there's no extensive mechanical reports and the rush comes from a headlong plunge from a plane. This is also a best job if you like to see people squirm: first-timers have to jump in tandem with their instructor. But if you don't have experience, so will you. If you plan on becoming an instructor, you will likely need 25 dives of your own before you can be certified.
- Forensic investigator. Despite what you see on "CSI," being a forensic scientist isn't all one-liners and fast cuts. It takes a lot of time in a lab. Regardless, it's one of the best jobs in the world because it allows you to piece together a crime from the residuals a criminal left. If you have a mind for science, this is the way to go.
Video game designer. Another best job that involves a lot of time cooped up indoors and requires extensive experience in lower rungs of the industry. But more and more degree programs are available in the field of interactive entertainment. Despite the amount of work and headaches involved, becoming a game designer brings with it the opportunity to implement a world of your own making.
- Film producer. Directors get the limelight, but a producer makes movies happen. Producers find good stories to tell, gather funding and make sure the whole process goes smoothly. If it's a hit, they reap the financial rewards. There's technically no set educational track, so the best way is to get involved with some friends and make a few movies.
Restaurant reviewer. If you love food and can put two words together, restaurant reviewing may be the career path for you. Reviewers go to the newest food spots and sample the wares, expenses paid. Networking with the right people in periodical publishing is the best tool at your disposal for getting this job, but a culinary degree will put you ahead and give you the right lingo for your articles.
- Movie critic. If food isn't your thing, maybe you love movies. An appreciation for good movies and the ability to express your love or hate could be your ticket to watching them for a living. Best of all, critics often get to see the newest films before everyone else.
- Used bookseller. On the surface, owning a used bookstore is a lot like owning any other retail business: you have to deal with inventory, sales and customer satisfaction. The key difference is that used bookstores can find themselves at the hub of the intellectual and frugal community of their area. A good bookshop owner will use their business as a base for book clubs, writing groups and other ways to network with the community, making this a best way to meet people as well as one of the best jobs in the world.