Looking back, we will often think about the things we would do differently in terms of our career options.

Unfortunately for many of us, the once childhood dream of developing a right foot like that of Wayne Rooney, the voice box of Adele, or the relaxing tones of David Attenborough is a far cry away from reality.

That said, a commitment to learning and a drive to pursue is certainly enough to pave a career within a whole host of lucrative industries.

Today, we can see more encouragement around STEM-focused jobs. Graduates of science, technology, engineering, and maths usually receive a higher annual salary than other university leavers, regardless of the job in which they are working.

With this in mind, we’ve decided to examine the various industries throughout the globe, assessing which is the most attractive to work in, whether they offer generous holiday allowances or luxurious uniforms.

The Oil and Gas Industry

Believe it or not, this industry is particularly interesting when it comes to the workforce. In fact, the average salary is more than double the national average reportedly. With workers in the North Sea earning around £54,000 a year.

Although a career in the oil and gas industry can be hard work, you are willing to put in a considerable amount of hard work, then you will certainly reap the rewards. Most workers, if off-shore, will only work two-fifths, or half the year, thanks to their shift pattern. Although the demand for renewable energy is constantly increasing and we are continually reminded of crude oil shortages, oil and gas caters for approximately three-quarters of the UK’s primary energy source, and output is expected to double by 2030.


This will always be a lucrative market for future generations. The question is, why would you join such an industry? The world is a wonderful place, awash with natural beauty and a host of differing cultures, yet, the issue for many of us is, we’ll never get the opportunity to witness even a miniscule percentage of that.

On top of an incredible cabin crew uniform, the average senior flight attendant should make around £20,000 per year.

However, there are some disadvantages if you choose to follow a career as a flight attendant, exploring the world becomes more than just feasible, you get paid to do it.

Seize the opportunity to visit some of the most far flung destinations, places you couldn’t even spell the name of before you landed the job.

If that isn’t enough to sway you, consider the fact most flight attendants also work flexible hours, choosing the time and frequency of their shifts. Free flights and attractive uniforms are further perks worth your attention.

The Police Force

Policing and other public service entities can be incredibly rewarding. Unlike being stuck behind a desk all day, a policer officer is out on the street, protecting and serving their local community.

The average salary of a constable in their first year is £19,971, however, this wage increases on an annual basis, to £38,382 after approximately seven years.

Although the self-fulfilment that comes from being a police officer is undoubtedly the most attractive benefit, officers can become a member of the generous pension scheme, of which the police service contribute 21.3 per cent of their pay on top of their own contributions.


The journalism industry is not dying, it’s just witnessing a transition into the Digital Era. American news website Huffpost noted, ’journalism will never die as long as the world has news to report and requires someone to report it’. With five years’ worth of experience, journalists can earn around £25,000.

Alongside the obvious positives of learning something new every day, thanks to the traditional media being broken down, you no longer must be tied to a publication.

Freelance is perhaps the biggest beauty of working as a journalist — it means you decide who you write for and what you want to write, ensuring your job remains interesting and doesn’t slip into the category of mundane.


You may look into teaching to have a generous holiday period, but there are other factors to consider too. Teachers bring work home every night of the week and will often devote their weekends to marking essays and planning lessons. When it comes to the salary, on average, a newly qualified teacher in the UK should expect around £22,917.

Undoubtedly, the two largest benefits of becoming a teacher, come in the form of something you cannot physically witness — no two days being the same, and knowing full well you have the ability on each of those days to inspire a young mind.

Most people get dissatisfied in their job because they get bored, working on repetitive tasks on daily basis, but teaching exists as a constant learning curve.

Take a step back and look at each industry specifically. All offer their own set of benefits in terms of flexibility, day-to-day duties, and of course, earnings. Which industry will you be stepping into?

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