Would you like to have a low-stress, high-paying job…?
Yeah, I bet you would!
And today we’re going to hear from women who have jobs that match those criteria!
Read on and maybe you’ll be inspired to pursue a career change.
1. Sounds cool.
“Endangered species observer. You get to make your own schedule but are usually about four weeks on board a ship.
Then you get off for two weeks, where you’re free to do whatever you want and wherever. Get paid $250 every day. You’re on a ship, but may only actually work 15–45 minutes a day.
The rest of the day, you’re free to read, watch Netflix, or work out. I make around $55K a year to whale watch and document sea turtles. It may not seem like much, but you work two-thirds of the year and get a two-week vacation every four weeks.
I have a bachelor’s in conservation and prior sea turtle work. But you don’t actually need a degree. You can go the certification route, and just take a single few-day class to get approval!”
2. Allow me to translate.
“I’m a patent translator. I translate patent documents for clients and get paid per word.
Because of my PTSD, it gets overwhelming for me to be around people, so it works well that I get to work at home and make six figures doing it.”
3. Six figures.
“I’m a buyer for a furniture company.
I make six figures, travel to fun and interesting places, and work with lots of different kinds of people from all over the country and the world.
I am judged by my category sales, so there is an element of stress there, but it’s not like we’re saving lives.
We sell items people use to furnish and decorate their homes. I really enjoy the process of developing an idea, to the sample stage, to getting it in our floors, and seeing what does and doesn’t resonate with our customers.”
4. Less than full-time hours.
I listen to podcasts and music, clean two or three houses a day. Rarely start before 9:30 a.m., rarely work later than 3:45 p.m.
I feel productive and being of service every day. I make way more than any office job I’ve worked. Good full-time wages for way less than full-time hours.”
“Technical recruitment manager, and I was a recruiter for years as well. If you have the knack for reading people quickly and a bit of sales skill, it’s a sweet gig.
I realistically work 20–25 hours a week from home and make $200K. You’ll need a bachelor’s, and to work your way through the ranks to get to tech recruitment — but once you crack it, it’s a great industry and role.”
6. No stress.
“University professor (medieval history).
I choose my schedule, the classes I teach, and my research agenda. I love what I do, so it never feels like work. I spend my summers traveling, relaxing, and enjoying my life.
I don’t remember the last time I felt anything close to stress. I make a really, really good income (salary plus grant money, book royalties, and a research stipend). It is literally a dream job. It took 11 years of school (BA, MA, and a PhD), but it was worth all of it.”
7. Not bad!
“I’m a medical writer for a small pharmaceutical company.
Medical writers work with physicians, scientists, nurses, and healthcare administrators to write the documents that go to the FDA and manuscripts that are sent to scientific journals.
I work very reasonable nine to five hours with very predictable hours and deadlines. Entry level starts at $80K.”
“I’m a government contractor working as a communications specialist. I make $90K.
I worked in nonprofits for eight years and got my master’s in corporate communications and public relations in 2020. Nonprofit work was great, but the pay wasn’t great. The cost of living in DC was too high for me to not take advantage of a higher-paying opportunity.
I work 40 hours a week remotely. As a contractor, I’m unable to have my work email on my phone or work internationally, so when you’re away, you’re away. The pace is slower than my previous roles, but I’m using my degree and I enjoy it.
I’m able to flex my time, and leave is encouraged frequently on all levels. It’s nice to see leadership taking leave and flexibility for new parents.”
9. The big time.
“I work at a clothing store where we’re supposed to help you with all of your shopping.
I get paid $1,000 per day, and I work five days a week.”
10. Solving puzzles every day.
“My job is automating documents and processes at a law firm.
I was a paralegal for decades before the pandemic hit and lost my job when lockdown started. I got a new contract job working from home; it was supposed to be a legal assistant position working with loans, but it morphed into basically making sense of massive amounts of data to figure out the underlying issues in order to direct the loan to the correct team.
I realized I loved working with data. Then I read an article about the Google’s Certificate programs and enrolled in the Data Analyst program. After my contract ended, I hadn’t finished the program, but I found a law firm through an online site who was looking for a data specialist.
It is a perfect fit. I no longer deal with the stress of courts and clients. I just help whoever needs it by creating systems or documents that will make their job easier. I love it! It’s like solving puzzles every day for money.”
11. Doing well.
“I’m a civil engineer for a city’s Department of Water and Power.
I get to go out to the field a lot, and I’ve never gotten out of work late. I have monthly field reports to fill out and bigger quarterly reports that are pretty much low effort to get done. I never stress about work, and I’m able to live comfortably.
It’s well worth the four-year civil engineering degree. There’s plenty of room for growth, and I started at $42 an hour, which has been increasing ever since.”
What’s your job like?
Talk to us in the comments and tell us all about it.
Thanks in advance!