Jobs That Pay Over $100,000 That Will Surprise You!

Everyone dreams of having a six-figure job. When we think of these jobs, most of us instantly start fantasizing about driving a BMW, eating at fancy restaurants, and owning a beautiful home. Most of us believe that the only way to get such a job is to either be a highly qualified engineer, a neurosurgeon or spend decades rising up the corporate ladder.

Believe it or not, having a six-figure job isn’t a pipe dream — it’s actually a lot more within reach than you think. Normal people from all over the world are earning over $100,000 a year doing specialized work. We’ve collected just a few dozen examples, which will hopefully inspire you to get one of your own. Here’s a list of six-figure jobs that everyday people can do. You’ll be surprised how easy some of these may be for you…

Air Traffic Controller

Mean Income: $84,146 Top 10%: $122,950

Air traffic controllers get paid a great salary because they are responsible for the difference between a great commercial flight and a full-blown national disaster. The job includes monitoring weather changes, staying on top of flight schedules, and being in constant communication with the pilots. Air traffic controllers are required to have an almost unlimited capacity to stay focused and alert throughout their shift.

To work in air traffic control, you’ll need to be a U.S. citizen and pass rigorous background and medical examinations. Many companies prefer to hire people with past military experience, but it’s not mandatory. You also must have an aviation degree or go through the FAA’s Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative program.