We often know much about careers that are well-paid and in demand. CareerBuilder recently reported about the best paying careers in Britain, but do we ever wonder what the mostly overlooked jobs are like and what they pay?
We found this light-hearted article on money.co.uk “How much do Astronauts get paid“. It investigates into the salaries of some of the country’s most overlooked careers and professions such as Priests, Astronauts, Poets and many more.
Are you curious about the pros and cons of each profession? Then read on.
Clergy pay really depends on their denomination (the branch of religion they preach for), but for the most part priests receive a salary as well as having their rent and utility bills paid for by the church.
Average Salary of a Priest: £4,000 to £7,000 a year
Career Advancement: Room for promotion (higher position within church or larger congregation).
Job Requirements: Dependent on denomination
Danger Factor: Nearly non-existent
Pros: Free house plus all the tea they can drink.
Cons: Cannot keep house on retirement, long hours (contrary to popular belief).
The super-rich and glamorous lifestyles of callous hit men are often glorified by media, with films like Leon and popular videos game such as… well, Hit Man serving as perfect examples. However, it’s unknown how many professional hit men (or indeed women) are currently active.
Average Salary of a Hit Man: £5,000 per “job”
Career Advancement: Disastrous
Job Requirements: Weapon, zero moral conscience
Danger Factor: Suicidal at best
Pros: A fair bit of down time in between work
Cons: Constant paranoia, lack of career progression and high likelihood of your own death.
Although an extraordinary amount of children want to do this job when they grow up, there are only around 500 people out of the 6 billion on Earth that are privileged enough to call themselves astronauts. That number changes ever so slightly depending on what we define as ‘professional spaceflight’, but the salary for astronauts does not. Classed as civil servants, they get paid exactly the same as any other Federal Government worker and are placed on a fixed pay scale based on experience.
Average Salary of an Astronaut: £40,000 to £86,000 a year
Career Advancement: Excellent for science, research and engineering
Job Requirements: Incredible fitness and academic credentials
Danger Factor: Surprisingly not too bad – only 22 have died in the history of spaceflight
Pros: You get to fly a space shuttle
Cons: Famously hard to catch a career break and the work is mentally and physically grueling.
The Poet Laureate
It’s likely to come as no surprise that the average salary for a poet is next to nothing, and it’s almost universally agreed to be the lowest-paying form of writing (even arguably below fan fiction). In fact, the average salary is almost impossible to work out with any accuracy since most careers consist of a few £50 publications here and the odd £100 competition win there.
Average Salary for The Poet Laureate: £5,000 a year
Career Advancement: Only through further publication
Job Requirements: Be a poet, and then get chosen seemingly at random.
Danger Factor: Many great poets have committed suicide.
Pros: To quote Tony Blair, the Poet Laureate “doesn’t have to do anything if they don’t feel like it.”
Cons: It’s not going to buy a holiday home in the Bahamas.
Unlike astronauts, very few children grow up dreaming of becoming an undertaker. However, of all the careers on this list it is undoubtedly the most secure – while the death rates in the UK are at their lowest ever level, demand for the service isn’t likely to dry up any time soon. At a very loose estimate, around 700,000 people died in the UK last year but there were only 3,000 funeral companies to see them to their final resting place.
Average Salary of an Undertaker: £14,000 to £30,000 a year
Career Advancement: Not much after owning a funeral directing company.
Job Requirements: Compassion, excellent organisation and finance skills
Danger Factor: Very small
Pros: Most undertakers report immense job satisfaction.
Cons: Forever on call, extensive paperwork and can be emotionally harrowing.
Regardless of whether you think it’s glorified play fighting or a serious sport in its own right, professional wrestling is big business. Despite only having 585 employees (excluding the wrestlers themselves), the World Wrestling Entertainment company regularly pulls in about £250 million a year in revenue.
Average Salary of a Wrestler: Upwards of £60,000 a year
Career Advancement: Professional careers are usually short-lived
Job Requirements: Able to take a deck chair to the face
Danger Factor: Injuries are a foregone conclusion
Pros: Living the life of a rock star.
Cons: Daily duties include having a sweaty man put you in a headlock.