Nowadays it appears our children are under siege physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, and financially. What can we do about it? We need to sit our kids down and have a very long discussion with them – not just talk at them. We need to find out what things are weighing on their minds, what pressures are overtaking them, what are their hopes and dreams, and what can we do, as adults, to support, gird up, and change for them. What can we do as adults to change immediately the outcomes that might physically hurt our children? Our children’s physical safety appears to be a serious threat in this day and time.
We can’t be with our children 24/7, but we can teach them safe practices, implement guided activities for continued learning, and provide for them career options in order for them to be self sufficient in the future. This career guidance must begin early in life. There are the obvious careers, but then there are careers that are what I call Behind the Veil – meaning these careers you don’t hear much about, and have great salaries, so let’s check some out.
1 – Food Safety Auditor/Food Safety Professional– These individuals conduct food safety audits of food manufacturing facilities, food contact packaging facilities, and non-food contact packaging facilities. These types of facilities include, but are not limited to, food processing plants, slaughterhouses, finished product warehouses, and other food storage facilities. Food Safety Auditors/Food Safety Professionals help to ensure that activities related to food production, receiving, storage, and transportation are being conducted in a safe and sanitary manner, as well as make sure all applicable customer, state, local, and federal regulations are being followed. Salary range: $60,000 – $144,000 (various sources).
2 – Air Traffic Controller: These individuals have a hectic and stressful job in which they regulate air traffic either within an airport’s airspace or air traffic between airports. Air Traffic Controllers communicate weather changes, visibility issues, and wind conditions. They let pilots know about nearby aircraft, using radar, computers or visuals that monitor aircraft in the assigned airspace. Air traffic controllers can give landing and departure authorization and instructions as well as determine and direct flight path changes. Air Traffic Controllers supervise traffic on the tarmac (airport runways), such as baggage vehicles, airport workers and taxiing airplanes. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), states that the average annual salary of an Air Traffic Controller in May 2013 was $118,650.
3 – Elevator Installer/Repairer: These individuals install, repair, troubleshoot, and maintain passenger and freight elevators. This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Certification in other areas may be required. Salary range: $65,000 – $100,000 (various sources).
4 – Certified Ethical Hacker (Penetration Tester) – Defense agencies such as the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense employ Ethical Hackers who provide security clearances for personnel and contractors that have access to sensitive information. These individuals test computer systems to see if they can be easily hacked. Salary range: $74,000 – $175,000 (various sources).
5 – Freight Train Conductor: These individuals work aboard trains and coordinate the daily activities of train crews. The loading and unloading of cargo are overseen by the Freight Train Conductor. This job requires a high school diploma and on-the-job training. Railroad companies have extended training courses ranging from 8 to 16 weeks or longer. Salary range: $54,000 – $80,000 (various sources).
6 – Butler: These individuals manage the operations of a household, receive guests, and arrange travel plans for their employer and household guests. They maintain the security of a household, assist in cooking, arrange the dining table as well as serve meals to guests. They manage the budget of a household, maintain the wine cellar as well as have knowledge of fine wines. Butlers hire and supervise junior staff members. They may even oversee the maintenance of household “toys” such as planes, boats, cars, RVs, and stables. Butlers perform other duties as assigned. Salary range: The International Butler Academy reported a salary range of $50,000 to $150,000 for Butlers.
7 – Nuclear Medicine Technologist: These individuals prepare and administer radio-pharmaceuticals as well as other medications to patients. A two-year degree is required – There is The Associate of Arts degree program in Nuclear Medicine Technology. Salary range: $67, 379 – $81,330 (various sources).
8 – Submarine Cook: You might want to move to Australia for this job because these individuals earn some big money, and I mean earn it to the tune of $200,000 annually. Why? These individuals cook in a cramped space under the ocean for months at a time. Experienced cooks can receive a capability bonus of $40,000, a seagoing allowance of $22,254 and submarine service allowance of $26,703. Submarine cooks are classified as “individuals critical to the Navy.”
9 – Oil and Gas Diver: Commercial divers have a starting annual pay range of $40,000 to $60,000, including full benefits. Once experience is gained and a diver proves himself or herself, the pay can grow to $100,000 to $150,000 a year. Basic requirements include a high school diploma or equivalency, and the ability to pass a diving physical. Check out this website.
10 – Pharmacist: With elderly populations more dependent on Better Living Through Chemistry (prescription drugs), this occupation is on the rise. Pharmacists’ earnings can range from $84,000 (lower end) to $133,000 (higher end). A college degree is a must for this occupation.
11 – Marijuana Extraction Technician: Really? Yes, really. You’ll need to know how to work with various gases and very expensive equipment like commercial presses to extract compounds. Some companies do require a Bachelor’s degree with knowledge in chemistry, physics, phyto-biology, and chemical engineering. There won’t be any need to worry about knowing How long weed stays in body in order to pass drug tests within this job role though! Salary range: $80,000 – $120,000 annually (various sources).
12 – Captains, Mates, and Pilots of water vessels: Most of the positions require a four-year degree. Salary range: $72,000 – $128,000 (various sources) Bureau of Labor Statistics.
13 – Hydrologist: These individuals study how water interacts with the Earth’s crust. Look here. Salary range: $75,000 – $98,000 (various sources)
14 – Astronomers: These individuals are scientists in the area of astronomy who study stars, planets, moons, comets, and galaxies, and other celestial objects. Salary range: This occupation has a median annual salary of $103,966, and ranges between $102,314 and $119,965. Top Astronomers can earn in the area of $134,000. An advanced degree is required, and a PhD is required for research and development positions. Check out Salary.com. Parents, you need to purchase your child a telescope quick, fast, and in a hurry! LOL!
15 – Farmers and Ranchers: Must have land and livestock – click here for a start. Salary range: For Ranchers, salaries can range from $70,00 to $80,000 annually. Depending on the state, Farmers can earn anywhere from $78,000 to $120,000 annually.
16 – Oil Rig Dive Technician: These brave individuals usually bring in over $100,000 annually.
17 – Pearl Diver: These individuals can make $1,200.00 per day, but they need eyes behind their heads to scout for sharks.
18 – Government Contractor: Let it be known that government contractors make big bucks, and the process of becoming a government contractor can be tedious depending on the line of work, but well worth the effort. Contractors have to have his or her own business including liability insurance. A business can register at Sam.gov and also, for the state of Georgia, check out GTPac which helps Georgia businesses identify, compete for, and win government contracts; click here for service centers in other states.
19 – Plumbers: These individuals make some great salaries of upward to over $100,000 depending on the skill level and certifications.
20 – Yard Master: Say What? Yardmasters oversee the activities of railroad yards. Some of the job duties are also performed by railroad conductors. Yardmasters could be responsible for making or breaking trains, switching traffic to other parts of the track, communicating with engineers about where to move cars and how to configure trains, operating switches or facilitating defective railcar removal. Additional responsibilities could include accidents are properly documented as well as documenting delays, inspecting train cars, managing the regulation of air conditioning and lighting, performing emergency protocols and managing train routes. Yardmasters could also be in charge of developing railroad schedules, confirming destinations, relaying messages from dispatchers, recording revenue from tickets and employee supervision. Salary upwards of $150,000 annually. Yes, really!
21 – Locomotive Engineer, Locomotive Technician, Switchman: Transport passengers or freight by driving electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas-turbine-electric locomotives. Interpret train orders, electronic or manual signals, and railroad rules and regulations. Switchman allows trains to maneuver among different tracks. Switchmen are like air traffic controllers of the rail transportation industry, ensuring that trains only go where they are supposed to prevent collisions. Salary, at the time of this writing, is between $49,000 and $97,000 annually.
22 – Airplane Repo: If you don’t mind dodging bullets this is the job for you. Repossessing an airplane worth millions and you getting at least 10 to 20% of the worth of the plane then $800,000 sure is appealing.
23 – Semi-truck Hauler: There is a difference between driving a semi-truck and hauling/delivering a semi-truck. The more lucrative option is hauling/delivering semi-trucks. You pick up semi-trucks at one location and you deliver it to another location, e.g., to the dealer. The dealer will fly you to the pick up location, if applicable, where you make the long haul/drive with the semi-truck to the dealer. Be mindful that you will be a “road runner” possibly driving over 500 miles per day, but the financial rewards are sweet! You might also have to fill in and complete a driver application form. Salaries can range from $70,000 to upwards of over $160,000 annually (various sources).
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