Breaking the “I Hate My Job” Cycle: 12 Jobs That Pay Well But Don’t Make You Miserable

Working a job you hate is like walking through mud—you know you have to do it, but you’re stuck in the same spot and feel like you’re going nowhere. Sure, a steady paycheck is nice, but if it’s coming at the cost of your sanity, it’s not worth it. Thankfully, members of an online forum shared some jobs that pay well and don’t make you hate life. These 12 jobs use your skills and talents while offering plenty of room for growth and financial security.

1. Accountant

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One person extols their career as a bank accountant, describing their good salary, benefits, ample personal time off, and all recognized banking holidays off from work. They write, “It’s not particularly exciting, rewarding, or fulfilling, but it gives me the security and freedom to make my life as exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling as possible.”

2. Information Technology Specialist

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Working as the only IT specialist for a family-owned business is an excellent career for one participant in the discussion. They describe being left to their own devices as long as everything is working as it’s supposed to, which results in them only putting in less than an hour of actual work each week.

3. Electrician

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An electrician on the thread admits the work is challenging most days. Still, they receive great personal and professional satisfaction, knowing that their efforts will be functional for many years and that customers appreciate their work. In addition, electricians are always in high demand, so they never have to worry about being out of work for extended periods.

4. Rocket Scientist

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This commenter spent thirty-five years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, planning and flying missions into deep space. Even when the work was challenging, they found it to be a great deal of fun, in addition to meeting many brilliant people.

5. Voiceover Actor

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According to someone on the forum, beginning a career as a voiceover actor comes with long hours and little pay. However, once you’ve built a resume, it can be a fun, well-paying, more lucrative long-term occupation.

6. Cybersecurity Professional

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Tasked with keeping an organization’s data safe and secure, a responder says it’s a good-paying career and is a “pretty chill job until a security incident happens, but if you do your job right, you can mitigate those incidents and just attend meetings every once and a while.”

7. Pathology Laboratory Technician

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Processing samples for pathologists at a hospital pathology lab is a well-paying and fulfilling career for a contributor to the discussion. They love helping others, despite never meeting the people they’re running tests on.

8. School Janitor

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Regarding having a job with decent pay, excellent benefits, and plenty of time off, another contributor to the forum says their occupation as a school janitor has it all. Other perks of their job include having the school building to themselves after everyone leaves for the day and working alone while listening to their favorite podcasts.

9. Lighting Designer

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One of the more remarkable careers on this thread is somebody who works at setting up the stage lighting for musicians putting on shows at local concert venues. They say even though their days are long and they have to be ready for anything to happen, there’s great satisfaction and reward in seeing the results of their work. As a bonus, they get to attend the concerts they’re designing for.

10. Kennel Attendant

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In what has to be the most fun, appealing job from this online community, a contributor cares for and feeds cats and dogs for a living; they also engage in animal enrichment or play with kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs. They love what they do so much and say it doesn’t feel like work. A good-paying career that doesn’t feel like work is the kind of job that’s hard to beat!

11. National Park Service

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An overwhelming number of commenters agreed that the NPS was an ideal job. “I’d leave in an instant for a job with the NPS,” shares one user while another says, “Once you get permanent and start working up both the step levels and the pay grade, you do ok and have pretty good federal employee benefits. Nobody’s getting rich, but it’s decent.”

12. Court Reporter

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If you speak a second language, being a court reporter is in high demand. One user shares, “I’m not a life coach, but court reporting is a dying skill that is still needed. I work for a specific department for the court in my county, and I get to spend most of my day hanging out with my department and hardly working.” You never know, you could end up reporting on the next Depp v. Heard celebrity case!

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