Let’s face it: Medical school isn’t for everyone. Becoming a lawyer isn’t for everyone. For some, long demanding hours at school or in the office aren’t an exhilarating challenge; they’re tedious and draining. And we can’t all be born Paris Hilton. Some of us have to go to work and do something. For those people, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 jobs for “slackers” — or those people who don’t want to log long hours at a stressful, demanding job.
Here are our picks:
1. Radio DJ
Talk about the latest celebrity gossip, share your opinions with the world, participate in on-air antics. Doesn’t sound like a hard day’s work. Many radio personalities went to school to get a bachelor’s degree in communications or something similar, but some manage to get by on their charms alone. Average salaries are $23,807 to $43,642 nationwide, but really, the opportunities are endless. Look at celebrity radio hosts such as Howard Stern and Don Imus. If you’ve got the personality, you could become a star. If not, at least you’ve got an easy job chatting with colleagues and listening to tunes.
2. Freelance Writer
English isn’t one of the most popular undergrad majors for no reason: Seems like almost everyone shares a bit of the writing bug. Maybe you like writing short stories, or perhaps you prefer short stories. Maybe you fancy yourself the next David Sedaris, or George Will. Whatever the case may be, there are endless opportunities for writers in a range of mediums. For some, a bachelor’s degree in English or a related field will get you in the door, but for most, your chances boil down to your writing ability. Potential employers will ask for writing samples, and if they like what they see, chances are that you’ll be hired. The life of a freelance writer includes working from home, writing on multiple subjects and making your own schedule. Average salaries are $27,000 to $49,000, but how much you make depends on your ability and a little on luck. You’ll have to have a bit of ingenuity or perseverance to find the jobs.
3. Personal Shopper
It may sound like a made-up job that only exists in the realm of celebrities indulging their whims (um, personal umbrella holder?), but this is a real job that can become a long-term career. Personal shoppers can work for corporations or individuals, shopping for anything from product lines to executive and personal gifts. They can shop for gift bags and other favors for fundraisers and other corporate events. There is no education required to become a personal shopper, and you can start building experience through volunteer and “freelance” activities. And you can expect to have enough to do your own fair share of shopping: Salaries range from $30,000 to $57,000 per year.
Whether it be a personal driver, delivery driver, or long-haul driver, there are numerous opportunities if what you like is a life on the road. The job couldn’t be easier: Sit behind the wheel, remain alert, cruise the radio for good songs, maybe make the occasional small talk if you have a passenger, drop off your load if you have one, repeat, go home. Salaries vary according to what kind of a driver you are, but truck drivers can make up to $50,000 per year. The only education you’ll need is to study for your driving test.
It’s certainly easier to point out what’s wrong with something than it is to create something without flaws. And there are dozens of opportunities for critics based on your interest: art, movies, books, restaurants, music, Web sites, etc. If there is a product, there is a critic for it. Education and training depends on the genre for criticism: Art critics will likely major in art history or a related field, film critics will likely have a bachelor’s degree in film, and so on. But personal experience and knowledge go a long way, and if you can produce knowledgeable reviews that show competency, education will become secondary. Just remember: Critics are judged by their reputation and credibility, so do what you can to cultivate yours. Salaries will vary depending on your genre, but know that you are only limited by your talent and your reputation. Some critics have become celebrities in their own right: Siskel and Ebert, Leonard Maltin, etc.
Just as there’s a critic for everything, there’s also a consultant for everything. If you have the know-how, but you don’t want to be chained to the corporate 9 to 5, you can act as a freelance “expert for hire.” Companies and individuals can hire you to offer advice or guidance on everything from marketing to business principles to computer systems. Education and salary will vary, depending on your field.
Do you have a keen eye? Then maybe you have what it takes to be a photographer. Attending weddings and parties are just a few of the rigorous demands of the photographer, as well as taking product shots and portraits. The most demanding part of the job can be the customer, but choosing to avoid high-stress, high-demand events such as weddings can help alleviate that part of the job. One of the best parts of the job is that it can be done anywhere and in any setting. You can choose the corporate or the artistic, the personal or the impersonal, the glamorous or the ordinary. Photographers can get formal training at an art school or undergraduate institution, but it’s not necessary. If you have natural talent, you can make it on your own abilities. Average salaries are $29,440 to $42,000 per year. Possibilities are unlimited, however, as many celebrity photographers can make much, much more.
8. Personal Chef
A slacker job for those who are slackers in the kitchen. If you like to cook, then this is an easy job. You can work as the personal chef for an in-house kitchen, or for individuals in their homes. Cook meals as they are needed, or cook ahead for the week for clients who want the convenience of ready-cooked meals at their leisure. Get your training at culinary school, which can take as little as a couple of months to as much as two years. Or just wow clients with your natural talent and your great-grandmother’s secret recipes. Average salaries are $30,000 to $50,000 per year.
You can tutor just about anyone in just about any subject: from the traditional school subjects such as English and math to pet projects and hobbies such as guitar, singing, sewing and more. If there’s a hobby that you’re good at, or you just have a little expertise in your chosen field, you can easily parlay that into a full-time tutoring job. Set your own schedule and charge your own rates. You’ll be in charge of finding your own clients and doing your own advertising. Education and salary will depend on your choice of subject.
10. Teacher’s Assistant
Forget about planning lessons or taking responsibility for leading a class: Your job would be to offer support where needed. If you’re an assistant in a younger class, this can include leading activities and supervising play time. What’s better than getting paid to finger paint and read stories? Some schools will require assistants to have a bachelor’s degree, but others won’t even require you to have a high-school diploma. Depending on your education and your responsibilities, teacher’s assistants can make up to $45,000 per year.
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