12 Jobs Perfect for Joe Six Pack

For the average American male, falling into a job or a career without much planning is too often the norm. But a number of jobs offer great salaries, prospects, and daily duties that would make many different personality types happy. Take a look at what you like and what you're good at, and find a job that fits what you offer and what you want.


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If you like to work with your hands, read diagrams, and do some creative problem-solving, consider a career as an electrician. Job duties include inspecting and identifying components and problems, installing wiring to code and safety standards, and maintaining the electrical systems already in place in buildings. The average pay is just under $50,000 a year, and jobs are expected to grow by 20 percent, which is better than average.


People who construct and repair boilers and other large vessels are commonly referred to as boilermakers. This is a job for daredevils, because of the physical demands. Boilers can be gigantic, which means boilermakers often do their building and repairing work very high off the ground. Sometimes a boilermaker has to squeeze into a tight spot within the boiler to repair something. If you've got the fearlessness, you can make an average of $56,650 a year as a boilermaker.

Aircraft Mechanic

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Though the job prospects for aircraft mechanics aren't growing at the same rate as some of the other careers on this list, aircraft mechanic is still a good job option. The average salary is $55,230 a year. A job as an aircraft mechanic is interesting because of the number of things you might need to work on, from the electrical system to the hardware, and how the components of the aircraft interact with each other. Aircraft mechanics also test the components of the aircraft to make sure they work correctly and comply with safety standards. Becoming certified is an important factor in finding a job in this industry.

Transit Operator

For those who like a quieter existence, a job as a train, streetcar, or subway operator may be just the thing. On average, the annual salary is $59,400. Job requirements include interacting with passengers, guiding the trains, making announcements, and monitoring certain aspects of the train like lighting and schedule. 

Construction Manager

For those looking for a high-paying, stable career, look no further than construction manager. The average yearly salary is $82,790, and the unemployment rate is only 4.7 percent in this sector. Construction managers are involved in all aspects of building a new structure, from working with the architects and engineers to overseeing manual labor like carpentry. A bachelor's degree will give you a leg up in the field, but it's not necessary, and many people have risen through the ranks of construction jobs to achieve management status.

Transportation Inspector

Becoming a transportation inspector has a lot to do with the kind of transportation you want to work with. Would you rather look at planes, trains, or public transportation? Regardless, if you're the kind of person who likes inspecting things to make sure they're working as they should be, then this is a great career to consider. The average yearly income is $68,280, and multiple industries (like aviation and local governments) need transportation inspectors.

Construction Equipment Operator

If you love to operate machinery, tear things down, or build them back up, then consider becoming a construction equipment operator. This field is expected to see 19 percent job growth through 2022, which is much higher than the national average. The median yearly pay is $40,980 a year.

Petroleum Pump System Operator

Business Insider reports that petroleum pump system operators and related jobs make over $60,000 a year. Those with a knack for math will enjoy this career, since you'll be dealing with data and using that information to determine outputs and set the controls on the equipment. Natural problem solvers and those concerned with public safety will also enjoy this job.

Elevator Installer and Repairer

For the chance at making some serious money, consider becoming an elevator installation and maintenance tech. According to Forbes, the average salary is $73,560, and the top 10 percent earn over $100,000 yearly. Think about it: most buildings have elevators, which is why the job growth outlook is a whopping 25 percent through the year 2022. You can get a certification or a license, but most people come at this career via an apprenticeship.

Structural Iron and Steel Workers

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While it might not pay as much as some of the occupations on this list, the number of these jobs is supposed to grow by 22 percent, making it a fantastic idea if you don't want to worry about finding a job. People who love to climb will enjoy this job, because you're often in a harness many stories above the ground, working on the basic structure of a new building. The median yearly pay is $46,140, but the top 10 percent earn over $80,000.

Electrical Power Line Installer and Repairer

Anyone who loves being high in the sky could do much worse than a career as an electrical power line installer and repairer. So if you were the kind of kid who loved climbing trees, think about this career. Forbes reports the yearly average pay as $59,450 a year, and states that over 100,000 people are employed in this industry.

Commercial Diver

If you've ever dreamed of living near the beach, you might want to become a commercial diver. Diver jobs are almost exclusively in states with coastline, like Texas, California, Louisiana, and Florida. The mean salary for this job is around $58,000 a year. Diving isn't for the faint of heart -- you'll be deep underwater doing construction on gigantic structures like oil rigs, but it's an interesting and unique career to pursue.

Some guys are fearless daredevils, others love to problem-solve, and others enjoy being around people. Whatever you're good at and whatever you like to do, you can find a job that plays to your strengths and makes you feel confident.

Contributed to jobs.net by Kim Evans

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