18 Easy Jobs That Pay Well & Make a Difference

18 Easy Jobs That Pay Well & Make a Difference

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1. Radiologic Technologist

To be sure, taking medical x-rays for a living requires a specialized set of skills, an understanding of human anatomy, and a willingness to follow essential safety protocols.  However, once trained and experienced, many radiologic techs develop confidence and a sense of mastery that make their workdays feel relatively 

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1. Radiologic Technologist

easy and satisfying. Some people in this field also get to operate fascinating diagnostic technologies like computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. Median yearly pay: $74,880 Top-end pay: $93,600 or more

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2. Cardiology Technologist

As far as healthcare jobs go, this one is probably among the easiest. It requires a certain level of skill and medical knowledge, but it usually isn't as stressful or demanding as many other options.  Many cardiology techs get great satisfaction from using machines that record and monitor patients' heart activity.

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2. Cardiology Technologist

Median yearly pay: $64,480 Top-end pay: $78,000 or more

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3. Medical Laboratory Technician

Having a predictable routine is the hallmark of an easy job for some people.  Although medical lab techs' work can vary a little from day to day, most of it involves performing routine tests on blood, urine, or tissue samples in quiet laboratories. Median yearly pay: $72,800 Top-end pay: $92,581 or more

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4. Massage Therapist

Do you prefer to stay physically active rather than sit down all day? As a massage therapist, you could use your physical energy in the service of helping other people relax, prevent injury, or overcome pain or mobility issues.  With formal training and practice, massage therapy can become an easy and highly rewarding job that leaves you 

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4. Massage Therapist

feeling like you've made a positive difference each day. Median yearly pay: $60,008 Top-end pay: $106,080 or more

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5. Optician

This occupation is probably one of the least stressful options in the retail sector. It also tends to pay well.  With just a small amount of formal training, you can help clients choose the right frames and lenses for prescription eyeglasses. You can also fit clients with contact lenses or eyeglasses while ensuring that they get produced in a timely 

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5. Optician

fashion and meet the prescribed specifications. Median yearly pay: $52,000 Top-end pay: $68,120 or more

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6. Medical Transcriptionist

Have you ever wanted a job you could do from home? Many physicians, health care clinics, and hospitals hire self-employed medical transcriptionists to convert recorded verbal reports into accurate written form.  You'll need a broad knowledge of medical and pharmaceutical terminology, but this can become a very easy job if you're 

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6. Medical Transcriptionist

a good listener and fast typist. Median yearly pay: $48,298 Top-end pay: $69,181 or more

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7. Electrician (Residential or Commercial)

You probably know that being an electrician requires a very high skill level. It also requires patience, a willingness to follow rules and prioritize safety, and some real ability with basic math and physics.  But don't let those requirements deter you from pursuing what, for many electricians, is a low-stress occupation. Mastering the electrical trade often leads 

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7. Electrician (Residential or Commercial)

to a career full of pleasing variety and enjoyable, mentally stimulating hands-on work. Median yearly pay: $62,400 Top-end pay: $89,648 or more

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8. Drafting Specialist

It doesn't take very long to learn the basics of computer-aided drafting and design (CAD or CADD) software.  As you get more and more proficient at using it, the process of preparing technical drawings for architects, engineers, or industrial designers becomes easier. With a little experience under your 

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8. Drafting Specialist

belt, it could eventually feel like an absolute breeze. Median yearly pay: $59,072 Top-end pay: $88,525 or more

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9. Welder

Maybe more than any other trade, welding tends to feel easy once you've mastered the core skills. Certainly, some types of welding are known to be more difficult to learn than others. But becoming a metal welder is a terrific option if you enjoy working with your hands and seeing tangible results every day. Plus, between 2017 and 

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9. Welder

2026, welding positions may be relatively easy jobs to get due to a shortage of qualified workers. About 24,000 new openings are expected to become available in Canada over that period. Median yearly pay: $53,040 Top-end pay: $85,488 or more

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10. Long-Haul Truck Driver

The job of a commercial truck driver isn't for everyone. It's a different kind of lifestyle, one that requires a love of solitude, independence, and being away from home.  But this occupation is worth looking into for people who want flexibility and opportunities to see new places. It's probably also one of the easiest jobs to get, provided 

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10. Long-Haul Truck Driver

provided  pay: $68,806 or more you have a commercial driver's license and a clean record. Between 2017 and 2026, about 114,700 openings could become available across Canada due to a shortage of qualified drivers. Median yearly pay: $47,840 Top-end

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11. Software or Interactive Media Developer

Although many people don't view this career as super easy, some professionals in this field do.  They find it easy because it utilizes their natural strengths: patience, a passion for learning, and a penchant for solving problems, arranging things in a logical order, and making things as efficient as possible. Computer programming can 

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11. Software or Interactive Media Developer

feel easy once you have a comfortable grasp of the programming languages you most enjoy using. And mobile application development can feel like a stimulating challenge, even when deadlines are involved.  For the right kind of person, writing code and developing apps, games, or software can 

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11. Software or Interactive Media Developer

be extremely enjoyable and non-stressful. Median yearly pay: $79,997 Top-end pay: $119,995

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12. Computer Network Technician or Administrator

Are you a proud computer "geek" with a passion for understanding both old and new technologies and making them all work together?  Having this kind of job can feel like a breeze if you truly love working with computers, putting things in order, and staying informed about the latest advancements. Just imagine creating and 

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12. Computer Network Technician or Administrator

maintaining various kinds of computer networks while coordinating the use of high-performance servers and sophisticated software. Median yearly pay: $65,998 Top-end pay: $102,710 or more

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13. Web Developer or Designer

Creating and maintaining user-friendly websites requires a specialized set of skills. But it's amazing how "easy" it can feel to be a web designer or developer when you've mastered the tools of the job—things like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and Photoshop.  Solving design or technical challenges can give you the 

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13. Web Developer or Designer

feeling of being "in the zone" or "in your element," which just makes everything else feel less complicated. Plus, this field is perfect for people who want the freedom of self-employment. Median yearly pay: $62,400 Top-end pay: $92,997 or more

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14. Graphic Designer

Are you a highly visual thinker? Do you find it easier to grasp ideas when they're communicated through images rather than through words or sound alone?  Graphic designers get paid to do something that comes easier to them than most people: communicate ideas and messages through appealing visuals and 

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14. Graphic Designer

typographic layouts. And like most other creative professionals, they often feel like they're working "in the zone," which helps minimize the stress of deadlines. Median yearly pay: $57,138 Top-end pay: $90,126 or more

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15. Audio Engineer

Doing something you love almost always feels easier than doing something you don't enjoy or are indifferent about.  That's why so many skilled audio engineers feel like they have easy jobs. They are involved in recording, mixing, or editing music or sound for cool projects or live events. For example, imagine recording songs for a great band, mixing 

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15. Audio Engineer

sound for an amazing concert, or editing audio for a thrilling film or TV show. The possibilities for satisfying work are extensive. Median yearly pay: $57,387 Top-end pay: $86,445 or more

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16. Garbage or Recycling Collector

Blue-collar positions related to a city's public works department are often jobs that require no experience.  The job of collecting garbage or recyclables is frequently one of the best positions to pursue if you want to earn good pay but don't have many other skills yet. That said, having a license to drive large trucks can make you an especially attractive 

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16. Garbage or Recycling Collector

candidate. This occupation is also known to be surprisingly easy and satisfying once you've learned the ropes. Median yearly pay: $52,000 Top-end pay: $68,640 or more

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17. Hydrologist

People who research the interactions between water and land tend to find their jobs highly satisfying.  Many hydrologists have relatively low-stress positions that involve supervising other staff, taking environmental measurements, and analyzing field data. They get to help forecast civic water supplies, make flood-control plans, or 

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17. Hydrologist

make water and soil conservation recommendations. Strict deadlines tend to be infrequent. But keep in mind that you'll need at least a bachelor's degree to enter this field, and some positions require a master's degree. Median yearly pay: $92,810 Top-end pay: $140,005 or more

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18. Mathematician or Actuary

Are you one of the few people who truly love math? Canada is full of opportunities for those with the ability to use mathematics to solve problems, assess potential future scenarios, or find new, practical ways to apply the science of numbers.  As far as well-paid, easy jobs go, the options in this field often require a higher education 

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18. Mathematician or Actuary

level than many of the other alternatives. However, the payoff is that, with experience, you may get to enjoy a non-hectic work environment with few major responsibilities or urgent demands for your attention. Median yearly pay: $93,870 Top-end pay: $140,566 or more

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