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Top Ten Hobbies that Can Become Great Careers
Do you love wood working or dance choreography and wistfully dream that you could make a career out of your beloved hobby? If so, I have some great news for you. Many hobbies translate into real jobs with real pay. According to the United States Bureau of Labor, several hobbies make great careers. The following is a list of the top 10 hobby-careers based on future growth and average salary.
Bicycle Repair Technician
If you are a bicycle enthusiast, you probably know your way around bicycle repairs. If you do, and you would love to turn your bicycling hobby into a career, take a look at becoming a bicycle repair technician. With lots of job opportunities, this is a career that can easily turn a love in to a job. Not only that, but you will be able to build a community of like minded 2-wheelers as you become the go-to person for their repairs.
Number of Bicycle Repair Technicians employed in the US – 9,950
Average annual Wage in US Dollars - $24,460
Top 10% average Wage - $34,540
There seems to be a woodworking hobbyist in every neighborhood, but did you know that those hobbyists could become professionals. Woodworking as a career doesn’t pay extremely well, but it can provide a reasonable living in a profession that many love.
Number of woodworkers employed in the US – 7,600
Average annual Wage in US Dollars - $28,790
Top 10% average Wage - $47,360
Dance seems to be an innate part of who we are as humans. If you excel as a dancer and choreographer, you may want to think about taking that skill set and earning a living. Averaging $44,160 per year, choreographers are reasonably well paid as they engage in a profession they truly love. If this looks right for you, take the leap and make this fun hobby into a rewarding and fun career.
Number of Choreographers Employed in the US – 10,870
Average annual Wage in US Dollars - $44,160
Top 10% average Wage - $74,060
Are you a diver who would love to take your underwater experience into a new profession? If the answer is yes, then take a look at commercial diving. Not only is the pay great, but you will be able to build your dive time while loving what you are doing. You will need additional training to become a commercial diver, but with salary potential nearing the six figure range, it is a career that can really payoff.
Number of Commercial Divers employed in the US – 3,760
Average annual Wage in US Dollars - $58,640
Top 10% average Wage - $94,630
Did you fall in love with model making as a child and continue that love through adulthood? You may be very surprised to discover that model builders are both in demand and well paid in a professional capacity. While most of us think of Hollywood, when we think of model building, there are far more career opportunities outside of tinsel town. Museums, architectural firms, manufacturing companies, etc., all need models as an ongoing part of their business. With an average salary of over $70,000 U.S.D. this is a hobby turned career that can really pay off.
Number of Model Makers employed in the US – 5,780
Average annual Wage in US Dollars - $70,890
Top 10% average Wage - $94,630
For the animal lover, there may be no better career opportunity than that of an animal trainer. Whether you choose obedience classes or equine training, your knowledge of animals and training techniques can make for a great career that you truly love. With over 10,000 jobs already in existence in the US, there is room for the newcomer in this animal loving profession.
Number of Animal Trainers employed in the US – 10,530
Average annual Wage in US Dollars - $30,510
Top 10% average Wage - $50,100
Do you love history and think taking that love full time would be right for you? Historians are needed in nearly every city and town in nearly every country. Whether you act in an official capacity for your local government or offer your services to museums or local historic landmarks, there are plenty of jobs available for those who know and love history. You could even start you own local historic tours and do quite well. This is one hobby that makes a great career.
Number of Historians employed in the US – 3,190
Average annual Wage in US Dollars - $57,610
Top 10% average Wage - $97,020
Do you love to travel and teach? If so you may be a great candidate for a career as a tour guide. Obviously tour guides are most employable where tourists congregate, but there are opportunities just about everywhere in the world for this career opportunity. A love of locale and people are requisites if you intend to turn your love of travel into a career as a tour guide.
Number of Travel Guides employed in the US – 4,110
Average annual Wage in US Dollars - $33,090
Top 10% average Wage - $54,170
If you enjoy artisan crafts and you have the talent, then working full time as a craft artist is a great way to earn a living that you love. With Craft artists earning an average of $32,270 per year, you can love what you do while still putting food on the table. The new addition of web sites like ETSY.com make this career even more intriguing.
Number of Craft Artists employed in the US – 4,810
Average annual Wage in US Dollars - $32,270
Top 10% average Wage - $58,200
Forest and Conservation Workers
Do you love the outdoors, and find yourself most at home in the wilderness? If so, there are job opportunities for the outdoor hobbyist. Forrest and conservation work is needed throughout the country, and in many cases the employer will pay for employees to move from job-to-job. Not only will you be able to work outdoors, but you may very well have the opportunity to tour the country as well. If your hobby involves a love of the wilderness, conservation work may be right up you alley.
Number of Forest and Conservation Workers employed in the US – 8,250
Average annual Wage in US Dollars - $27,180
Top 10% average Wage - $44,660
All of these careers have the benefit of matching wonderful hobbies with great employment opportunities, but this list is certainly not complete. No matter what your hobby, there is a high likelihood that you can take it professional. As a subject matter expert, there is always a market for those who share your interests. Take your love and determine the best approach to making it a career.