You want a job that pays well, and we want you to find it. So we put together this list of often overlooked jobs that pay at least $50 an hour - from blue collar to white collar, from directing funeral services to studying earthquakes. If you have the background, you can have the job.
1. Construction Foreman/Superintendent
A construction foreman/superintendent is the person who is in charge of a construction crew. They're very experienced in their trade, and they oversee and organize projects from beginning to end. This includes supervising/scheduling/training the crew, managing sub-contractors, enforcing codes, and maintaining the safety of the crew.
What the average Construction foreman/superintendent makes in an hour: $50.14, if you’ve got on-the-job experience, and preferably a bachelor’s degree.
2. Behavioral Psychologist
A behavioral psychologist is someone who observes the behavior and evaluates the mental health of an individual to diagnose and treat mental illness. This includes interviewing the subject, administering psychological tests, consulting reference textbooks or records, implementing treatment plans with specific frequency/intensity/duration for each patient, and writing papers based on their psychological research.
What the average behavioral psychologist makes in an hour: $50.36, after you’ve earned your doctoral degree (a requirement for practicing as a psychologist)
A seismologist is a type of geoscientist who uses seismographs to gather data about the earth’s crust to further study earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. Their duties include acquiring data in a non-invasive manner, planning projects, using recording equipment and observing irregularities, the ability to map out and present their data to colleagues, staying informed of new technologies while able to read, repair, and test their seismic equipment, and documenting their work.
What the average seismologist makes in an hour: $50.43;
getting your undergraduate degree in a related field is a start: you’re probably looking at getting a master’s or doctoral degrees as well
4. Adult Daycare Director
The director of a non-residential facility that supports adults and their needs. Their duties include assessing potential clients, deciding whether current clients are ready to be discharged, supervising all of the Adult Care Programs, supervising staff, evaluating the needs of the individuals based on health and psychosocial state, and outfitting the community’s activities to clients.
What the average adult daycare director makes in an hour: $50.64, if you have a high school diploma and preferably a bachelor’s, and experience in the field.
5. Computer and Information Scientist
Computer scientists can develop new products and/or solve the problems with existing computers, and can work for a business or the government. Duties include: work as part of a research team to design and solve problems with computer hardware and software, training new staff, innovating new technology, investigate theoretical ideas and bring them to fruition, use system analysis to determine how a program will function, etc.
What the average computer and information scientist makes in an hour: $50.66/hr, if you have a PhD
An actuary analyzes risk in financial situations. Using math, statistics, and theory, they work for insurance companies and benefits departments to manage risk by determining the likelihood of future events. An actuary calculate accident rates for certain types of people, analyzes the profitability of investments, advise companies on how to administer pensions and benefits, etc.
What the average actuary makes in an hour: $51.29,
if you have a bachelor’s in a related field (actuarial science, math, statistics, etc) and after achieving your certificate.
The job of a co-pilot on a flight is to keep the pilot aware while making his job easier. The co-pilot must help plan the flight, land the plan, be aware of the weather, monitor flight instruments, stay in radio communication with the FAA and Air Traffic control, and be in charge of any other duties they have split with the pilot.
What the average co-pilot makes in an hour: $52.45; all that’s required is your high school diploma and a pilot’s license
8. Funeral Director and Embalmer
A funeral director/embalmer is in charge of all of the post-death preparations for the family. They direct the funeral services, make sure that the body gets transported to the mortuary, offer counsel and guide the family through their grief into making decisions about personalizing the funeral and practicalities (such as choosing pallbearers), schedule the funeral/cremation down to the deliveries from the florist, provide information on funeral plans and merchandise, and perform embalming services when required.
What the average funeral director/embalmer makes in an hour: $52.47, if you have a license and have completed the two-year education program and apprenticeship
An eye doctor examines the patient’s eyes for vision impairment, fits contacts and glasses to the patient by look and brand, uses special equipment to check for eye disease or injury, advises patients on treatment, prescribes medication when needed, etc.
What the average Optometrist makes in an hour: $50.12 and up,
after you complete a four year degree at one of the competitive schools of optometry.