The top 10 exciting jobs

Updated April 17, 2017

Nine-to-five office employees who are tired of falling asleep at their desks sometimes dream about finding a fun and exciting job. Exciting jobs appeal to people who like to live on the edge, travel the world and make lots of money. Some exciting jobs require a university education and a stack of qualifications, some require military experience, some require talent and for others you just need to be in the right place at the right time.

Food critic

Food critics experience the fun and excitement of eating out at the best restaurants every day. Food critics write about their experiences for newspapers, magazines, television shows and blogs. When restaurant owners invite food critics to their restaurants, they provide world-class cuisine and service. Food critics make about £60,000 per year, depending on the publication for which they write.

Accident and emergency nurse

Emergency department nurses save lives in fast-paced hospital A and E departments. When patients come to the hospital with severe injuries and life-threatening conditions, emergency nurses can't afford to make any mistakes. Emergency department nurses have an excellent job outlook and can expect to earn a salary around £40,000 per year.

Fashion model

Fashion models lead a glamorous life posing for photographers or walking the runway. Fashion models travel to exotic locations for photo shoots and fashion shows. Even more exciting, fashion models receive invitations to celebrity parties and get free designer clothes and beauty products. Modelling can be a lucrative career, especially with a product endorsement contract. Runway models typically earn between £20,000 and £39,000 per year. Print models with high paying product endorsement contracts can earn up to £325,000 per year or more.


Fighting fires can be exciting and dangerous work. Firefighters have only minutes to get to a fire, where they put themselves in danger to save lives. Firefighters tend to work long hours and form close bonds with their colleagues. Firefighters must complete classroom and hands-on training prior to gaining employment. They earn an average salary of £30,000 per year, depending on their level of experience.

Police officer

Police officers investigate crimes and keep communities safe around the clock. Police officers must follow strict procedures and must uphold the law, even when chasing a criminal or saving a life. A day in the life of a police officer could involve a routine traffic stop or a high-speed chase. Police officers make an average of £20,000 to £50,000 per year.

Fighter pilot

RAF pilots earn high pay to protect the UK's interests at home and abroad. Flying aircraft can be an exciting pursuit on its own, but military fighter pilots have the added task of firing missiles at enemy targets. After working their way up in the ranks and receiving specialised flight training, fighter pilots can earn a salary of around £40,000 to £65,000 per year.


Detectives, often depicted in films and on television shows, conduct crime investigations and work with sensitive issues, including kidnapping and bank robberies. Detectives earn an average salary between £35,000 and £70,000 per year, depending on years of service and their rank.

Security services agent

MI5 or MI6 special agents conduct sensitive inquiries into international law violations, terrorism, international crime and defence issues. Special agents take risks on a daily basis as they travel to dangerous locations around the world. Special agents can earn between £40,000 and £80,000 per year, depending on experience.

Professional athlete

Professional athletes participate in competitive sports such as football, rugby and tennis. In addition to playing a sport for a living, athletes receive invitations to corporate grand opening parties, get VIP treatment at exclusive clubs and socialise with other celebrities. Professional athletes earn annual salaries and benefits. In addition to already high salaries, athletes earn additional income through product endorsement contracts.

Film and TV star

Film and TV stars play interesting characters and travel the world for location film shoots. Actors and actresses attend glamorous, nationally televised, red carpet events and receive first-class treatment at exclusive night clubs, restaurants and boutiques. Stars of the big and small screens sometimes earn millions for top-billed roles or sometimes work for little or no pay when they believe in a project.

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About the Author

Rebecca Blackburn began writing professionally in 2006. Her writing has been featured in the University of Central Florida Counseling Clinic handbook. Blackburn has a Bachelor of Arts degree in legal studies and a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Central Florida.