James Ranka, more widely known online as Copywriter31, earned two BA's—one in Mass Communications and the other in Music Performance.
#10 - TV Station Voiceover Narrator
The voiceover narrator begins his workday parking his tush in a cushioned Lazyboy waiting to read a 30 second TV commercial script.
Typically, after an hour, maybe longer, a runner delivers a piece of paper containing a script written by someone in the creative department.
The narrator scans his assigned copy and brings the script to life by reading the provided lines into a hugely expensive microphone. His performance is recorded and edited to fit a 29.5 second commercial. He then hands the fiinished product off to a production representative.
Total time from start to finish: 20 minutes.
The narrator then kicks back, reads the daily news, or shoots the breeze with whomever walks his way, awaiting the next script that may be minutes away or hours in coming.
This user-friendly process can be repeated many times within his workday, but he may also enjoy many days where no scripts come his way.
Average pay: $45,000-$150,000/year, depending on the size of the television station.
A dream job envied by many; alas, enjoyed by precious few.
#9 Drawbridge Operator
I grew up in an area located just 50 miles west of the Gulf of Mexico. Inlet waterways, rivers and canals provided a need for many bridges . . . most of them were drawbridges.
I was attracted to these architectual wonders as a moth to flame, and was lucky enough to stumble on to a drawbridge operator who befriended this wide-eyed, naïve, 12 year old kid. The operator worked the day shift, and most weekends.
I spent many Saturdays inside the bridge tower, all the while observing this man do absolutely nothing 95% of the time. When a ship or barge was within eyesight, he would receive a two-way communication alerting him to begin opening the drawbridge.
The process was so easy, I learned the button-pushing sequence after watching only 2 times. I quickly gained his confidence and under his watchful eye, I actually opened and closed that drawbridge many times . . . a huge thrill for a 12 year old kid!
The demand for drawbridge operators is as scarce as hen's teeth, but it earns a spot among the other 9 easy jobs.
#8 Pro Golfer
Can you imagine any job better than being paid millions to play a game you love?
The adoring fans, endorsements, first-class treatment, TV noteriety and large paychecks give this profession a spot on the list. Golf is a sport where injuries come rarely, and that's why I included this sport over football or basketball, where injuries are the norm.
Once a pro golfer's swing is grooved, he or she is practically guaranteed a larger, weekly paycheck most non-golfing workers will earn over a 10 year career span! Easy jobs do exist--although rare, one of the easiest is found on the PGA Golf Tour.
#7 Cover Band Musician
Male musicians enter the professional musician ranks for 1 reason--only . . . To score with women.
Women are attracted to a man who can expertly play an instrument or sing like Peter Cetera, and young musicians who join a band quickly discover the truth in this fact of life on the stage.
The amount of money made, although important, takes a back seat to the 'opposite sex attraction perk'.
The average professional musician is a night owl, hitting his pillow for sleep needs when the sun comes up. Easy job? Oh yeh!
#6 Professional Texas Hold 'em Gambler
What if your "job" provided opportunities to work only when you so desired, the surroundings were ultra-posh to the point of being opulent, and you could literally become an overnight sensation earning millions of dollars every year?
Become a successful, professional Texas Hold 'em gambler, and these work conditions will be your norm.
Thanks to massive TV coverage, Texas Hold 'em has become the most viewed and often-played game in the gambling world. This job made the easy list, but years of study and practice are required to be a successful Hold 'em gambler.
Once a gambler masters this required learning curve, his/her chances of earning a massive lifetime income become not only possiible, but, in the long run, probable.
This easy job requires no heavy lifting, other than carrying home crystal trophies and heavy paychecks.
OK, this position does not qualify to be listed in the most exciting jobs in the world, but it definitely is an easy job. (I know I will get a page filled with disagreement and semi-obscenities from librarians when their eyes meet with this copy. ...)
If one knows the Dewey Decimal System and is able to place the index finger in front of a pair of pursed lips indicating "Quiet, Please", then the basic qualifications are met for Librarian status.
A college degree is generally required, and positions are available in public libraries, and in public and private schools of all sizes and grade levels.
Pay ranges from an average start of $54,000--up.
If one enjoys a VERY quiet working environment, this profession is most definitely easy!
#4 Refinery Operator
A refinery operator's work area, unlike the Texas Hold 'em gambler's surroundings, does not fit the bill for opulence . . . far from it! These people work inside oil refineries and chemical plants, housed in what's known as a shelter and/or control room.
Normally, an operator enters a 4 year training program. He/she is tested throughout this time, advancing in rank and pay as they pass rigorous testing in safety and plant or refinery process knowledge.
Operators are paid handsomely, and 95% of their time is spent using creative stunts like practical joking, filling in football squares or spinning tall tails for 11 of a 12 hour shift. The other 5% of their working life is filled applying knowledge to problems in the field. This entails turning valves, "lining up" for start-ups, minor mechanical repairs, clean-up, routine walk-throughs watching for spills or otherwise unusual activity and keeping current with changes.
Although the work surroundings are less than ideal, an operator position is mostly easy and within their shift work scheduling, operators receive a monthly, 7 day paid break in addition to accrued vacation time!
#3 Beauty Salon Appointment Secretary
One would be hard pressed to think of an easiier job.
A pleasant phone voice, the ablity to write numbers and a nice smile are the qualifications needed to fill this position.
The downside to this easy job is the reality of boredom. Picture, sitting all day basically waiting for the phone to ring. In between phone calls, this person greets customers as they arrive for their scheduled appointments. Day in and day out, these mundane activities, although extremely easy, may become tedious. The saving grace is a daily interaction with different people of all ages and backgrounds.
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#2 Online Article Writer
As in any other previously-listed, easy jobs, study and knowledge are necessary for success as an online article writer. I can think of only 1 job easier, however, and that #1 position is revealed below.
SEO knowledge, grammar expertise and the abiity to spell and perform research round out the list of qualifications for a successful career in online article writing.
- Work at home
- No dress code--type in your underwear if so desired
- Hours are based on inspirational light bulbs going off above one's head
- No car needed . . . the list of easy goes on and on.
Pay is based on raw talent and the ability to choose subjects that will be read by a large online audience. Some writers make over $100,000/year, although this is a rare exception. Most write for the fun of writing.
Becoming an online article writer is surpassed by my #1 pick for the absolute, no questions asked, most definite, easiest job conceived by man . . . and that job is:
#1 Letter Turner For The Wheel of Fortune TV Game Show
Vanna White has held the position of letter turner for many years now, and this unique job is by far and away, the easiest job in the world, easily taking top honors in the Top Ten Easy Jobs list.
Qualifications for this position are few:
- Look beautiful
- Exude a pleasant personality
- Flash a beautiful smile
- Know someone in the business
Pay? Exponentially exceeds the living comfortably range.
Wheel of Fortune viewers all agree, Vanna has the easiest job in the world, and she is very good at what she does judging from her multi-year tenure on the show.
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© 2012 James Ranka
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 28, 2015:
Online writing would be great, if I could just make money at it:-/
GoodAnswer on January 22, 2015:
The Easiest job in america is being a weather man since Most of the times they're usually Wrong when Predicting a big snowstorm, and it Never happens. Plus they still make Great Money for it.
poetryman6969 on December 07, 2014:
As long as he never has to enter the game, back up quarter back is pretty easy.
It seems to be that the gas pump attendant at Costoco does a lot of nothing most of the time. He does not take money. And he does not pump gas. He does not clean windows.
A lot of security guards who drive around work place parking lots for lots that are not locked and not gated are basically trying stay awake most of the time.
James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on April 07, 2014:
Hmmm. . . never thought of that one.
Space pirate on April 07, 2014:
Being an inter-galactic space pirate is wwwaaaaayyyyy easier.
James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on May 30, 2013:
It would be a great gig, vibesites. Vanna isn't getting any younger, so hang in!
vibesites from United States on May 30, 2013:
I just wait for Vanna White to retire... I aim for her position. I have all the requirements except I don't know anyone in showbiz. But nothing's impossible! Hehehehehe. :)
James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on October 02, 2012:
I wrote this article about jobs and the people who fill them as having achieved either a nice working environment, and/or the polar opposite of swinging a sledgehammer 6 days a week/ 8 hrs. a day. I realize the learning curve for some of these jobs is steep and takes time, energy and talent to 'learn the ropes.' Once these professions are mastered and much knowledge acquired, these ARE 10 easy jobs - in this writer's humble opinion. Thanks for your comment!
twosheds1 on October 02, 2012:
Librarians are usually required to have master's degrees. In academic libraries, another master's in an academic discipline is often required. It is by no means an easy job.
James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on July 27, 2012:
Hey prairieprincess, I have the same issue with the decent paycheck issue, although that part of the equation is slowly, yet surely, improving.
Costco demonstrator is one I didn't include (I probably excluded that one when I think of standing on my feet for 8 eight straight hours . . . yechtttt!!! LOL. Appreciate you!
Sharilee Swaity from Canada on July 27, 2012:
This is a great article! I enjoyed it very much. I have another one for you: Costco demonstrator. Just make up samples and have people taste them all day.
And I love how you included article writer. I love this "job" but my problem is that it takes quite a while to get a decent paycheck. I am glad to have bumped into your hubs and I look forward to reading more.
James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on July 11, 2012:
You definitely had the credentials . . . isn't life unfair? LOL!
Rhonda on July 11, 2012:
I was extremely entertained with your article. I totally agree with your #1 job, and I wished many times I could have been lucky to snag such employment. As a blonde, this would have been "like" right up my alley.
Say hi to Cathy for me, and congratulations on your newest endeavor.
Rayne on May 25, 2012:
WTF? It's very hard being a musician. Not all of us are in it for the women, who nowadays are either into Justin Beaver lookalikes or rappers. I bust my a$$ trying to be heard, playing gigs to an audience of bartenders/other bands. I've put my whole life into this band, and it's been way harder than any other job I've ever had.
James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on May 15, 2012:
Hey SidKemp, Yes--I do agree that few pro golfers have the talent to be lifers on the tour. I skipped that aspect of difficulty and concentrated my writing on those who, year in and year out, possess the talent to stay on tour, ex: Tiger, Scott Adams, and other marquee names. As for Librarians, I obviously researched skewed sites for my income figures . . . thanks for setting me straight!
Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on May 15, 2012:
What fun! Thanks. But I'll disagree on two counts. From what I've read, staying a pro golfer is pretty darned difficult. Even when you make the cut one year, you may not make it the next, and golfers who don't make the cut don't make much money at all. And, as for librarians, the salary is much lower than you think, even if you have a full MLS (Masters in Library Science). I know - I used to work at a library school. Voted up and funny.
James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on May 15, 2012:
Mynde from Lithuania on May 15, 2012:
Yes, of you are talking about poker stars then I totally agree with. They passed all the hard way and now are enjoying what they are doing.
James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on May 15, 2012:
As an ex, online Hold'em player, I agree with your comment, Mynde. I remember the many nights of sitting for hours on end, reading ALL of the books written by Helmuth, Brunson . . . so many more. I was striving to highlight successful, long-time players like Phil Ivey, and Jesus Ferguson who, long ago, passed the "learning stage" and are now enjoying consistent winnings on the poker tour. The many years of play and practice these consistent winners have put in to the game at the very least, make the game APPEAR to be easy . . . and I also agree with you when you say only a very small percentage of poker players enjoy STEADY winning careers.
Mynde from Lithuania on May 15, 2012:
Interesting article, but I disagree about one profession - a professional poker player. Actually this is a very hard job. Yes, when you see winners of the million dollar tournaments it looks like a dream job, but reality is totally different. The road to the glory is very hard. Every player spends at least 8-10 (but most more than 10) hours a day playing poker, usually on the internet. I personally have tried this way and after 6-8 hours you feel really exhausted and the more you play the harder is to keep concentration. Also, you need to be very disciplined and very calm because the game is very stressful. Only a very small percentage of all people can be professional poker players.