If you wanna make money, stay away from media. Sure you’ll be able to exercise your creativity, but that doesn’t pay the bills, right? Working in "creative fields," I’ve resigned myself to be lost in the middle class for all eternity. That’s cool. At least I get to enjoy myself (not really, but that’s what I tell myself.)
I only bring this up in light of the ol’ hottest salaries post from yesterday. Ever notice how artsy fields NEVER make the cut? Just to reinforce that this is a global issue, check out these numbers from the Council of Labor Affairs in Taiwan:
Lowest Paying Jobs
Beauty salon worker: $18,680
Mass transit workers: $19,713
Restaurant employees: $20,103
Craft workers: $20,190
Film workers: $20,294
Ah, it’s nice to see they have plenty of beauty school dropouts in Asia too!
People are always scared to reveal their salaries – but instead of hearing about what you make now – I’d love to hear about your crappiest paying job. Mine was working for a radio station right out of college. As a morning show producer I started at $14,000 a year. But I was just happy to be there. Performing stupid stunts, laughing in the background and being a board op. I worked about 60 hours a week and was expected to be grateful "just for the opportunity."
I learned some great lessons. Mostly about what I did NOT want out of a job. Sometimes the worst pay can be the best experience.
So, what was your lowest full-time paying job?