In a globalized, interconnected world, more career opportunities are available to you than ever before.

Outside the parameters of nine-to-five work schedules, well-paying work is available in everything from aviation and animal sciences to creative design and media arts. Depending on your interests, skill sets, and location, you could turn your passion projects into your profession. Here are 10 of the most satisfying jobs (with good pay) available today:

1.Private Island Caretaker

Fun for who: Nature-lovers who prefer sunny, tropical climates and enjoy water sports and working with your hands.

How well does it pay? Up to $100,000 a year

Requirements: Be a strong swimmer, be independent and adventurous, be highly communicative with the owner and promoters of the island.

2.Video Game Player

Fun for who? Gaming addicts and appreciators who dream of gameplay 24/7.

How well does it pay? $50,000 a year, dependent on the demand

Requirements: Be in the top 1% of skilled players; it's a competitive field!

3. Voice Actor

Fun for who? Extroverted performers with versatile voices.

How well does it pay? Up to $80,000, dependent on the experience

Requirements: Have a unique and clear voice, possess great control over your voice, be a creative improvisor

4. Ethical Hacker

Fun for who? Computer lovers who enjoy cracking codes and solving puzzles (legally).

How well does it pay? $100,000 to $140,000

Requirements: Proven computer skills, including: Certified Ethical Hacker qualification, Global Information Assurance Certificate (GIAC) Penetration tester qualification, and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) qualification.

5. Fortune Cookie Writer

Fun for who? Writers (or aspiring writers) who are witty with one-liners, as well as thought-provoking quotes.

How well does it pay? Up to $70,000 a year

Requirements: Be a creative and fast thinker who can produce a large amount of one-liners to fill some of the 3 billion fortune cookies produced each year.

6. Toy Designer

Fun for who? Creative inventors who are children at heart.

How well does it pay? Approximately $70,000 a year

Requirements: A degree in any field related to toy design, a passion for toys and colorful design, knowledge of what kids of various ages enjoy playing with.

7. Makeup Artist

Fun for who? Makeup lovers and visual creatives who wish to work for salons or special events, or even theaters, models, or professional actors.

How well does it pay? About $70,000

Requirements: Obtain a cosmetics license and experience.

8. Video Game Designer

Fun for who? Visual creators and computer savvy people.

How well does it pay? Around $80,000 a year, dependent on experience

Requirements: At minimum, have a degree in video game design or computer science, experience with and enthusiasm for video games.

9. Blimp Pilot

Fun for who? Aspiring pilots who want to stay local in a light-hearted job.

How well does it pay? $70,000

Requirements: Complete over 1,200 hours of flight time, obtain a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, preferably obtain a commercial rating.

10. Disneyland Face Character

Fun for who? Disney-lovers and actors who want to inhabit children's favorite characters

How well does it pay? Around $32,000 a year

Requirements: Meet strict height and appearance specifications for certain characters, pay attention to detail in order to accurately impersonate a character, work well with children.

Depending on your situation, find out your ideal job's specifications and how realistically your skill sets and qualifications match. You can start with your field of interest, be it arts, marketing, or food. For many of these specialty jobs, all it takes is one foot in the door before more opportunities become available to you.

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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Did you hear about the Great Resignation? It isn’t over. Just over two years of pandemic living, many offices are finally returning to full-time or hybrid experiences. This is causing employees to totally reconsider their positions.

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