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Does Your Kid Want To Be a Chef or Doctor? They May Need to Reconsider

By Robert Stitt

We see people on television having an amazing time doing a job that looks like a lot of fun. We go on vacation and see someone who is happy and in such a great place that you wonder if you chose the wrong profession. Remember, television and movies are make believe, and those people you see on vacation are paid to make you think their job is fun and exciting. Sadly, they’re often not paid as well as you think they are.

From Hell’s Kitchen to Top Chef, the television world has gone crazy over chefs. While a great chef like Gordon Ramsey can command quite a salary, most chefs don’t fall into that category. In order to compete in the cutthroat world of fine dining, most top chefs have the expense of culinary school, but in return earn an average of just $40,000 a year.

Even more popular than chefs on television are doctors and hospital personnel. While most surgeons and doctors do not earn what the actors playing them do, they still make good money. Yet, like the background actors in a television series, every good doctor has some far-less-paid support that keeps the cogs moving. Surgical techs do not have the advanced degrees or years of schooling that the surgeon does, but they still take an active part in everything from lancing a boil to open-heart and brain surgery. For their extensive knowledge and skill, they can expect to earn an average of $45,000 a year.

The Devil Wears Prada, and she doesn’t pay her associates very well. Fashion design is an industry with more applicants than positions, and the big-time designers live and work in the more expensive cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Don’t worry, though, you don’t need a very big apartment because you won’t spend much time there. Fashion designer associates can expect long hours of drama-filled work for around $70,000.

Eating healthy is an excellent 21st-century goal for many, and the dietician is the hero who helps you on your way. While many of them do not have doctorates, dieticians have advanced degrees and state licensure. What do they get for their studies, tests, and dedication? On average, about $50,000 a year.

Who wouldn’t want to stand in a smoke-filled room all day and hand cards to the people your employer is purposely trying to get drunk? Know what makes it better? Each one of those people thinks you are a master magician who is trained, skilled and desperate to cheat them out of their hard-earned money. Yes, the casino dealer has its perks – an employee discount at the grand buffet- but without that discount you probably couldn’t afford to eat. Your reward for drinking is second-hand smoke and listening to crazy folk all day is just around $15,000. If you want more, you need to hope for a lot of tips which means you need to be a professional actor, too.


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