NEW YORK (MainStreet) Maybe you're just not cut out to be in health care or wear a suit and tie to work every day. The list of fastest growing jobs over the next ten years just doesn't include anything that would motivate you to get out of bed every morning? If so, consider these off-the-beaten-path careers that pay way more than you would expect.
Wind turbine service technician If you like working outdoors, appreciate a job with a view and don't have a fear of heights being a "wind tech" could be for you. You may start out at just $15 per hour, but experienced technicians can pull down up to $50 an hour. And with over 46,000 wind turbines in 39 states and Puerto Rico, finding a job is a breeze. About $15 billion is invested in new projects every year, resulting in an industry posting average annual growth of more than 19% over the past five years, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
Sommelier If you know the difference between a pinot grigio and a pinot noir, and know which one to pair with fish, you may want to be the resident wine expert for the beverage service at a restaurant or hotel. To gain elite credentials for the highest wage, consider the Advanced Sommeliers' exam, the third stage of a four-step process in becoming a Master Sommelier, a designation held by only 211 sommeliers worldwide. According to the Court of Master Sommeliers, wine steward earnings can begin at just $28,000 but rise as high as $80,000 to $160,000 for a Master Sommelier. Excluding tips.
Rodeo clown Standup comedy just too tame for you? Then consider delivering your gags on the run, while dodging bulls and dismounted cowboys. Rodeo clowns are paid per performance, with novice red noses at small town affairs pulling in just a couple hundred dollars per show. But if you're looking to fill the big shoes, large rodeos can pay popular clowns more than $2,000 for a single performance, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And you'll see the country, too -- full-time rodeo clowns can work 60 to 100 shows per year, making an average of about $50,000 per year, according to Job Monkey.