100 of the Most Interesting Jobs in America

By Jamie Birt

Updated October 24, 2022 | Published February 25, 2020

Updated October 24, 2022

Published February 25, 2020

Jamie Birt is a career coach with 5+ years of experience helping job seekers navigate the job search through one-to-one coaching, webinars and events. She’s motivated by the mission to help people find fulfillment and belonging in their careers.

If you are exploring different career paths, you are probably looking for an interesting job that matches your qualifications and skill sets. There are a wide variety of interesting careers in different industries and with varying requirements. Learning about the different interesting jobs that are available can help as you evaluate which one might be the best fit for you.

In this article, we share a list of 100 of the most interesting jobs, with salary information for 20 of them.

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20 of the most interesting jobs

Here's a list of 20 interesting and unique jobs for you to consider with salary information and career descriptions:

  1. Actor

  2. Tour guide

  3. Florist

  4. Cake decorator

  5. Zookeeper

  6. Farmer

  7. Ski instructor

  8. Wedding consultant

  9. Concierge

  10. Staff photographer

  11. Wedding planner

  12. Park ranger

  13. Horticulturist

  14. Caterer

  15. Caretaker

  16. Event planner

  17. Booking agent

  18. Stylist

  19. Fashion designer

  20. Video game designer

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1. Actor

National average salary: $29,187 per year

Primary duties: An actor is responsible for interpreting a role for the stage, on television, in films or in other productions. Their primary duties include memorizing and rehearsing lines and working with the director on how to best portray a character.

2. Tour guide

National average salary: $35,478 per year

Primary duties: A tour guide is responsible for helping people visit unfamiliar areas. Their primary duties include keeping customers informed about the itinerary, scheduling visits to museums and other attractions and familiarizing customers with the region.

3. Florist

National average salary: $35,502 per year

Primary duties: A florist is responsible for arranging real and artificial flowers for customers. Their primary duties include watering plants, cutting and cleaning flowers for storage and ordering flowers and supplies from wholesalers and growers.

4. Cake decorator

National average salary: $36,636 per year

Primary duties: A cake decorator is responsible for preparing cakes for clients. Their primary duties include applying creativity to the decoration of cakes and other special orders, labeling and dating products and ensuring customers are satisfied with the finished product.

5. Zookeeper

National average salary: $38,590 per year

Primary duties: A zookeeper is responsible for caring for animals within a zoo. Their primary duties include feeding and cleaning the animals, observing their behavior, preparing food to meet their dietary needs, and providing environmental enrichment.

6. Farmer

National average salary: $38,754 per year

Primary duties: A farmer is responsible for growing and raising crops and animals for food processing. They have a wide range of duties, including driving tractors, tending to livestock and performing general handyman duties.

7. Ski instructor

National average salary: $41,766 per year

Primary duties: A ski instructor is responsible for helping students improve their skiing abilities. Their primary duties include teaching new skills and techniques to beginner and advanced skiers in a safe and fun manner, answering questions and helping them improve their confidence levels.

8. Wedding consultant

National average salary: $46,594 per year

Primary duties: A wedding consultant is responsible for helping the bride and groom plan their wedding. Their primary duties include offering advice on outfits for the couple and their attendants, helping to prepare a budget for the wedding and planning details of the wedding.

9. Concierge

National average salary: $48,432 per year

Primary duties: A concierge is responsible for helping guests within hotels. Their primary duties include making reservations at restaurants, arranging for services within the hotel spa, providing information about local shopping and dining destinations and making travel arrangements for sightseeing.

10. Staff photographer

National average salary: $49,008 per year

Primary duties: A staff photographer is responsible for taking pictures of people, places, events and objects. Their work may appear anywhere from magazines to newspapers to online publications. A staff photographer uses photographic techniques and lighting equipment to take photos of subjects and enhances the images using photo-enhancing software.

11. Wedding planner

National average salary: $49,303 per year

Primary duties: A wedding planner is responsible for ensuring everything runs smoothly at a wedding. Their primary duties include meeting with vendors, setting up the ceremony and reception spaces, coordinating the reception timeline, running the rehearsal and managing last-minute emergencies.

12. Park ranger

National average salary: $49,826 per year

Primary duties: A park ranger is responsible for protecting and supervising outdoor areas. Their primary duties include patrolling the grounds to ensure visitors are following the rules, providing guided tours and presentations and conducting search and rescue missions.

13. Horticulturist

National average salary: $50,235 per year

Primary duties: A horticulturist is responsible for overseeing the cultivation and maintenance of plants and crops. Their primary duties include preparing seedbeds, transferring plants to containers and moving those containers around the worksite, unloading shipments of packaged soil and tilling the soil.

14. Caterer

National average salary: $52,177 per year

Primary duties: A caterer is responsible for providing food for special events like weddings and conferences. Their primary duties include preparing and transporting food, as well as serving the food and cleaning up the venue after the meal.

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15. Caretaker

National average salary: $52,544 per year

Primary duties: A caretaker is responsible for assisting people with their daily activities, whether at their home or inside an assisted-living facility. Their primary duties include helping the patients get dressed, bathe and eat. They may be responsible for planning and preparing meals or for running errands.

16. Event planner

National average salary: $52,757 per year

Primary duties: An event planner is responsible for ensuring events run smoothly. Their primary duties include liaising with vendors and stakeholders during events, maintaining budgets, booking entertainers, photographers and venues and conducting final walkthroughs on the day of the event to ensure everything meets the required standards.

17. Booking agent

National average salary: $60,261 per year

Primary duties: A booking agent is responsible for coordinating the appearances of artists and performers. Their primary duties include looking for new talent, identifying potential gigs and negotiating contacts.

18. Stylist

National average salary: $62,394‬ per year

Primary duties: A stylist is responsible for providing beauty services. Their primary duties include cleaning and cutting hair, performing hair treatments and recommending products. Some stylists also provide other services like manicures, waxing, makeup application and facials.

19. Fashion designer

National average salary: $64,896 per year

Primary duties: A fashion designer is responsible for designing clothing and accessories. Their primary duties include conducting market research to identify new trends and techniques, selecting fabrics and collaborating with team members to select seasonal themes or make edits to lines.

20. Video game designer

National average salary: $95,223 per year

Primary duties: A video game designer is responsible for designing characters, animation, art and levels for video games. Their primary duties include developing the games by using various programming languages and testing early versions of games for quality control purposes.

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80 more interesting jobs

Here is a look at 80 other interesting jobs that you may want to consider as you're exploring fun and unique careers:


  1. 2D artist

  2. 3D animator

  3. Advertising copywriter

  4. Aeronautical engineer

  5. Air traffic controller

  6. Airline pilot

  7. Antique appraiser

  8. Ayurvedic physician

  9. Civil engineer

  10. Clothing store manager

  11. Columnist

  12. Community manager

  13. Cryptologic linguist

  14. Curator

  15. Dance instructor

  16. Design engineer

  17. Detective

  18. Digital marketer

  19. Diver

  20. Driving instructor

  21. Ecologist

  22. Entertainment manager

  23. Epidemiologist

  24. Esthetician

  25. Event manager

  26. Executive chef

  27. Explosive ordinance disposal specialist

  28. Fighter pilot

  29. Firefighter

  30. Forensic scientist

  31. Graphic designer

  32. Head coach

  33. Interior decorator

  34. Journalist

  35. Kindergarten teacher

  36. Landscape architect

  37. Lawyer

  38. Marine biologist

  39. Massage therapist

  40. Media buyer

  41. Meteorologist

  42. Mobile developer

  43. Model

  44. Musician

  45. Nutritionist

  46. Personal shopper

  47. Personal trainer

  48. Private chef

  49. Publicist

  50. Quality assurance tester

  51. Radio operator

  52. Registered nurse

  53. Remodeler

  54. Resort manager

  55. Robotics engineer

  56. Science teacher

  57. Social media strategist

  58. Software architect

  59. Software engineer

  60. Sommelier

  61. Spa manager

  62. Sports marketer

  63. Studio manager

  64. Surgeon

  65. Surveillance investigator

  66. Talent coordinator

  67. Teacher

  68. Therapist

  69. Translator

  70. Travel writer

  71. Urban planner

  72. Veterinarian

  73. Videographer

  74. Virtualization engineer

  75. Voice engineer

  76. Voice over artist

  77. Web developer

  78. Wildlife biologist

  79. Wildlife specialist

  80. Yoga instructor


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