15 Easiest and Highest Paying Jobs

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As humans, we are programmed to be lazy. We don’t want to make an effort, take the initiative or go above and beyond the call of duty. But we expect to get paid well even if we hardly do anything. Is it possible to get the best of both worlds - an easy job that pays well?  Yes it is! But before you choose a career, take a look at this list.

The easiest and highest paying jobs:

1. Tourist Guide

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Becoming a tour guide isn’t difficult, but, as with many hospitality careers, you will need to have an affable personality that helps you relate to a crowd effectively. Tour guides need to be able to transmit their enthusiasm for their subject matter to tourists and travellers, and tell stories in an engaging and memorable way.

Tour guides are required to know a lot and if you love to talk about culture and history, then this could be the perfect fit. You can either work independently or as a contractor with a tourism company and, with experience, could get involved in tour management for an operator.

2. Optometrist

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Being an optometrist is a relatively stress-free job. These professionals perform eye exams to find vision problems and treat eye diseases using expert machinery and  in a clean and slow-paced work environment. They also often give prescriptions and offer eyeglasses and contact lenses to clients.

Opticians can bring in a healthy salary (especially if they own their own practice), although they shouldn't be confused with optometrists (who are qualified doctors and require a medical degree).

3. Video Game Player

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Did you know that playing video games could be your full-time job? If you consider yourself a computer nerd or geek, this could be right up your alley. As a video game tester, you get to play video games all day long. But it's not all roses; it often requires you to work long hours, sometimes up to 16 hours a day. Not to mention, you will hardly speak to anyone during that time.

One of the perks of this job is that you get to play games that haven’t been released to the public yet which is pretty cool, and you'll always be surrounded by like-minded gaming enthusiasts.

4. Artist

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You can create anything you want and get tonnes of money for it as long as you are excellent at it. Artists make their living using their artistic talent, and as such, they get paid for the quality of work they produce. But since art means different things to different people, the best artists usually choose to create a piece in their own unique way.

They earn money based on what they present and manage to bring out in people through their work. Pursuing a career as an artist might be a struggle at first, but once you start selling and manage to build a strong network, you can potentially earn a lot.

5. Massage Therapist

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There is no doubt massage therapists work in one of the best and most relaxing work environments possible. Just think about it; the soothing music playing in the background and the sweet fragrance of those aromatic candles, creating the ideal atmosphere you need to relieve all of your tension and anxiety.

Massage therapists get into the profession by getting a license from a recognised authority and are responsible for helping their clients relax and forget all about their worries. The starting salary may be low, but once you have established yourself and built your network, you can start to charge the big bucks.

6. Songwriter

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If you manage to become successful as a songwriter, then the earning potential is huge. Songwriting may require musical talent, but this doesn’t mean that you have to be a musician per se. Many songwriters don’t know how to read a musical note, but are talented lyricists and understand how to structure and layer songs. If you enjoy writing, but can't sing, this could be a viable and lucrative alternative.

7. Personal Trainer

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Being a personal trainer is arguably one of the easiest jobs in the world. In fact, the only thing they are required to do is listen to their clients’ needs and come up with an exercise schedule that helps them achieve their goals. They might need to play the role of the motivational coach, but that doesn’t happen every time because not every client needs it.

Regardless of whether their customers are doing any work or not, personal trainers still get paid at the end of the week or month. With the fitness industry currently going through a boom period, work is plentiful - if you can secure a few high-profile clients, you can even start your own company.

8. Flight Attendant

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Have you ever wondered what flight attendants actually do all day? Not only do they get to travel around the world for free and spend most of their day in luxurious planes, but they also get to meet some very interesting people. All they need to do is look good, serve food and drinks and look after the safety and welfare of the passengers on board the plane. Well OK, they will probably have to deal with rude or demanding people too, but that happens quite a lot in other industries as well.

9. Freelance Writer

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If you think you're a creative person and enjoy writing, then why not become a writer. Freelance writers can work in their pyjamas all day long without having to leave home and get to have greater control over the hours they work and how much they make.

Freelance writers take on a range of different projects or ‘gigs’ for which they have deadlines, and they get to build their career according to their lifestyle. A freelance writer’s salary varies depending on the number of projects they are working on, making it an appealing option for those with the right contacts and experience.

10. Librarian

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Do you like being around books? Perhaps you might want to be a librarian. As a librarian, you will have to help other people find the book(s) they need or direct them around the library. You will also be in charge of cataloguing books and keeping a record of the people using them, either manually or digitally.

Even though it is an easy job to do, librarians often need to complete some training, and most of them have masters degrees.

11. Photographer

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Being a photographer is one of the most fun and easiest jobs in the world. If you are a person who loves capturing life through the lens of a camera, this is the job for you. Whereas in the past being a photographer meant that you had to develop film and actually print photographs, today you don’t need to do it because of the use of digital cameras.

The only thing that you need to do is choose the right camera and learn how to use it. There are many online workshops and tutorials on how to develop your photography skills, and that’s a good place to start.

12. Software Engineer

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This is a job that will always be trending because of fast pace technological advances and the need for professionals to produce faster and better results. In genral, IT roles can be easy if you have the right skills, and given the demand for qualified engineers, you'll get paid quite a lot, too.

While a software engineer’s job is often office-based, at some companies there are opportunities to work from home and in a less stressful environment.

13. Power Plant Operator

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Even though being a power plant operator sounds complicated, people working in the field will tell you otherwise. While there is a lot of responsibility, the only thing power plant operators are required to do every day is touch some switches and send power to a million of households and businesses. You can earn a sizeable annual salary, and the only requirements are that you have a vocational diploma and be good at maths and science.

14. Paper Towel Sniffer

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It might not be the highest paying job on this list, but hey, it’s the easiest. Paper towel companies employ these professionals to sniff their products to make sure they are odourless. Being a paper towel sniffer literally requires no effort or diploma.

All you have to do is sniff towels and be great at it. Sounds good, right?

15. Professional Snuggler

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How hard can it be to hug strangers? These professionals are hired by the hour to help other people relax or keep them company when they are sad and lonely. In our increasingly isolated society, professional snugglers help to reduce depression and stress, and it can be quite useful to have them around.

Sure, it must be fun doing an easy job and getting tonnes of money for it. Out of these jobs which one would you choose? Let us know in the comments section below…

This article was first published in August 2016.