People Who Make Good Money And Don't Hate Their Jobs Explain What They Do For A Living

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Few people earn a living doing what they love.

That's why those in the workforce call showing up for work "the grind"–which implies labor-intensive tasks for long periods of time.

However, there are situations in which employees love their jobs and don't even call their labor of love "work."

They just happen to earn money doing what they love. Who are these people? Where are these jobs?

Strangers online discovered what it's like for those who have it good when Redditor puffmonkey92 asked:

"People that don’t f'king hate their jobs and make a decent wage, what do you do?"

Those who work out in the field love the work they do.

Assessing Logs

"I work in a logyard in S Oregon. Log trucks come in and are unloaded. The load is rolled out on the ground, and I scale the logs. I measure the lengths and diameters, calculate the gross volume in board feet, and make deductions based on defects such as frost seams, insect damage, burn scars, lightning strikes, etc. I work outside, so it can be rough in the winter/summer, but it keeps me moving, and it's an interesting gig. Been doing it about 6 years now. AMA"

– Cult_Of_Cthulu

Working With Mother Nature

"National Park Ranger. Thirty-two years and counting. As with any profession, there are still bad days."

– ThndrChicken

Working in near isolation is ideal for these Redditors.

Behind The Scenes

"I work in the pathology lab at a hospital. I process blood and biopsy samples onto microscope slides for the pathologists to read. I love it! I feel like I’m helping people, even though I never meet them and they have no idea who I am."

– gobstopper84

The Happy Statistician

"I’m a statistician and work with a government agency. I particularly really enjoy not having to interact with too many people."

– sundried_potato

Reliable Computer Expert

"I am the only IT guy for a family owned business. They know nothing about computers so as long as everything is running smoothly they leave me alone. I only put in about 45 minutes of actual work every week."

– tablefor1please

Movie-Watching All Day

"I’m a colorist. It’s like photoshop for movies. I love it. But I feel very lucky to have this job, and to be successful in the industry."

– manatwork3543

Tidying Up

"I work as a housekeeper at a motel. I love my job. It allows me to work alone, I can listen to my music, and I enjoy making order out of chaos. Also, the money's pretty damn good. Because of the way our pay is structured, I make more than double the standard amount in this industry."

– MotherOfNerds855

Some people prefer working in customer service, depending on the job.

​Joy Of Seeing Satisfied Customers

"Electrician. It’s hard work most days, but satisfying seeing it all lit-up and functioning properly."

"Knowing my work will still be in service many years from now feels good, and seeing customers marvel at their new light fixtures looking great is a good feeling."

– You11NeverKn0w

Low Stress

"I work at a pet store (only supplies, no animal sales) and make $18 CAD/hr. That might not sound 'decent' but it's better than minimum wage with no meaningful increase in responsibility (aka stress) compared to any other retail worker. In fact, my work environment is lower stress than any other retail/food job I've had and the owner has a keen interest in our well-being. Yearly raises, Christmas bonus, profit sharing, get paid our full scheduled shift if it's shortened or cancelled for weather, aiming to become a living wage employer with promises to increase wages beyond that so long as the business continues to grow."

"Plus no one asks 'why' if I turn down a shift or decline to stay later. Respect for personal time is huge. I'm treated like a human being, not a robot with no life outside work."

– creepmachine

Keywords: Security & Freedom

"I’m an accountant for a bank."

"Good salary, great benefits, tons of PTO and all holidays off."

"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."

– Reddit


"I am a kennel attendant. I care for and feed both dogs and cats. One of my daily requirements if I have time to do it, is literally to play with a dog/cat or puppy/kitten. It’s called animal enrichment. It’s meant to help prepare them for a life outside the shelter. Doesn’t even feel like a job."

– RathGodofWar

Based on the responses above, it's not unusual for people to find jobs that are fulfilling and make decent wages.

Unfortunately, many workers end up feeling stuck at their jobs because they are settling, but for good reason: the reasonable salary.

But if they're unhappy in spite of a good living wage, is that really the kind of life that's worth living?

There are always better alternatives. If you want to be unstuck, taking a leap of faith is very rewarding.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained right? Go out there and find your dream job!

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