Whilst we have all heard of lawyers, doctors and teachers, and are well aware of the stereotypical paths taken to enter these careers, what about the vocations that aren't so well publicised?

There are hundreds of roles which, rather than being the poor relation of the well-known titles and professions, can provide a lucrative and dynamic career path. Here are 5 options which you may not have considered.


Do you like numbers and data, but want some sort of practical application aspect to your work? An actuary collates various statistics, analysing these in order to calculate insurance risks and premiums. As a high-flying city job you can expect an office-based life, alongside an average salary (once you're a qualified fellow of the Institute of Actuaries) in the region of £65,000. With a bit of hard work and determination, a successful actuary can earn in excess of £250,000.

 Read graduatejobs.com's guide to being an Actuary

Patent attorney

With a starting salary of 30k for new graduates, a patent attorney grad scheme is not something to be scoffed at – and you could earn up to £55,000 before you've even finished your exams!

A patent lawyer will assist an inventor or company with a new innovation, seeing them through the process of creating and obtaining the correct patent to protect their new product. This means that a specialism will be required. For example, a chemistry degree would be perfect for a patent attorney working with new chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Find more careers in Law.

Dental hygienist

If you're looking to jump straight into the world of work without a degree or even before taking a-levels, the role of dental hygienist is a lucrative one you may not have considered. Earning between 25 and 30 thousand pounds a year, as a qualified dental hygienist you'll spend your days cleaning and polishing teeth, taking and developing dental x-rays, amongst other things.

Take a look at careers in Health.

Political scientist

Fancy a job which starts at £30,000 and can soon advance to £75,000 with experience? Look no further than the lucrative role of political scientist. This scientist doesn't work in a lab, but in an academic environment providing analysis, commentary and advice to a political party. They ask relevant questions to investigate public opinion, analysing this to provide accurate political data and predications.

Apply for more jobs in the Public Sector.


Whilst this certainly isn't a job for just anyone, if you're a thrill seeker with a love of physical pursuits, life as a stuntman or woman can see you earning serious money in return for taking calculated risks. As you would expect, the more dangerous the stunt you take on, the more money you can earn. Taking on stunts you'll be self-employed, so don't expect a regular salary. Pay can range from 20 to 100 thousand pounds a year, depending on the stunts you undertake and the amount of days that you work. The most well paid stunt ever performed was jumping off the Toronto CN tower – for this the stuntman pocketed a cool $150,000.

So there you have it – 5 different jobs covering everything from daredevil thrills to cleaning teeth, none of which are run of the mill, and all of which will pay your rent and more. Next time you're scouring the internet or a local careers guide for new job opportunities, spare a second for the roles you don't recognise at first glance, and challenge yourself to find something new. Who knows, you may find your ideal career!

Alexandra Jane is the writer and editor of graduate careers advice for Inspiring Interns, a graduate recruitment agency. Check out their website to see which internships and graduate jobs are currently available, as well as their graduate jobs Manchester page for further opportunities.

 Image credit: NeONBRAND