Who doesn’t love a good party? Whether it’s a simple outdoor family BBQ or that high-end gala for your company’s investors, these social gatherings are the perfect avenue to bring people together. Not to mention, it’s a great excuse to OD on your favorite cheese and wine.
For most workers, parties are a luxury. Sure, you may be invited to a couple before the New Year’s Eve bash – but that’s it. Parties are a way to unwind, not a means of good income.
Or is it?
Believe it or not, there are people who GET PAID to mingle. We’re talking about annual salaries that range anywhere from $50,000 to as much as $70,000 (depending on experience, job description, location, and other factors). So if you consider yourself a social butterfly, check out these high-paying jobs with a fun future.
**Note: data on salary are based on numbers provided by Payscale, Indeed, and Glassdoor.
Not into wild, raucous festivities that don’t cease until three in the morning? For millennials who prefer fine dining as opposed to rave parties, a career as a sommelier may be for you. Also known as a wine steward or cellar master, a sommelier is in-charge of:
- Helping people select the best wine for their meal
- Educate the customer about their wine choices
- Aid restaurants in creating or compiling wine lists
- Maintaining and/or updating wine inventory
These are just a few of what sommeliers do. Median salary is typically $60,000 to $150,000, based on location and the establishment you’ll be working in. In this career though, more experience doesn’t necessarily translate to more pay. A sommelier with a five-year experience can earn just as much as someone who has worked in the industry for 10 years.
Career Movement: If parties with wine sound like a great deal to you, you may also want to consider becoming a Master Sommelier, like Jack Mason. Aside from a career as a wine director at upscale restaurants, becoming a Master sommelier opens up entrepreneurial opportunities, too.
2. Public Relations Expert
Do you consider yourself an expert communicator? Do you like working in teams, talking to all kinds of people, and getting on their good side? Then maybe a career in Public Relations is in your future. Aside from attending parties, you’ll get to rub shoulders with media personalities, clients, customers, reporters, and other PR personnel. Some of the basic duties of a PR expert also include:
- Generate positive publicity for the company or client you’re working for
- Aid in or create communication materials
- Arrange meetings or interviews with the press, clients, investors, or consumers
- Evaluate marketing and/or advertising programs
Public Relations experts get to work in all kinds of settings: from the government, private sectors, to non-profit organizations. At a $55,000 median salary as of 2014, it’s not too shabby either. If you belong to the cream of the crop in the field however, you could be looking at more than $100,000 a year.
Career Movement: PR specialists typically have a linear movement when it comes to career. From here, you could become a PR manager, a marketing coordinator, or even VP of Corporate Communications.
3. Event or Party Planner
Don’t be mistaken: event or party planning takes a LOT of hard work and organization. This is a good job for millennials who love meeting new people, and basically, getting involved. Although the best perk is of course, being at the heart of the party itself, planners have plenty on their hands before AND during the event:
- Coordinate all details of the event (food, venue, schedules, parking, security, etc.)
- Cater to specific budgets and unique client needs
- Handle finances, discuss bills; work with various vendors, etc.
- Foresee issues and handle them accordingly
Becoming a party or event planner is fairly lucrative, with incomes averaging from $50,000 to $69,000. This depends on where you decide to work (freelance or through an agency), the clients you take in, and if you have any specialties.
Career Movement: Event or party planners acquire all kinds of skills that they can apply to other jobs. They can become marketing managers, special events directors, or director of events. They can also work at different environments, such as private companies, dinner theaters – even at home!
4. Engagement Manager
Aside from office parties or client events, engagement managers (also called client engagement officers) have an important role to play in helping companies build and maintain relationships. Especially nowadays when competition is fierce, an engagement manager is vital to ensure businesses acquire new customers – and keep them. Other than that, EMs also:
- Work with the engagement and/or sales teams to win contracts
- Become the point of contact for vendors or clients during projects
- Focus on engagement experience and contract compliance
- Are responsible for billing, managing, and meeting client expectations
With a lot going on, parties definitely provide a fun avenue for EMs to unwind. There are company events, team parties, and afternoon client coffee meetings, to name a few. And because engagement managers have plenty to deal with, it’s not surprising to see that they’re being paid an average of $48,000 to $95,000 a year.
Career Movement: If you decide to stick with this career for the long haul, many EMs typically become an associate partner or partner of the company after a while. Need more insight? Read about Brad Ellison’s experience as Engagement Manager at SWC Technology Partners.
5. Casino Property General Manager
For millennials dreaming of the ‘high life’ and don’t mind an inconsistent work schedule, becoming a casino property general manager may be a good fit for you. Imagine: mingling with the high rollers, constant celebrity sightings, and overseeing an entire gaming establishment. Not to mention, a huge rise in your pay. As dreamy as it sounds, casino general managers have numerous responsibilities, which include:
- Acquiring and keeping the best gaming employees
- Handling customer issues and/or concerns
- Managing the restaurant and hotel parts of the casino
- Monitoring gaming areas; ensuring compliance
Casino general managers often need to work longer hours, or during holidays or weekends. This erratic work schedule may not be sexy – but the salary is. Casino general managers that work in Las Vegas for instance, can make up to $200,000 a year. That doesn’t include bonuses and/or commission. Lucky strike, indeed.
Career Movement: Looking for a change of pace? People with experience as casino property general managers typically become lodging managers (supervising the hotel side of the establishment), OR gaming surveillance officers (also known as gaming investigators). Both professions earn fairly well, with salaries between $30,000 to 60,000.
Changing into an exciting career may feel daunting at first. That’s why millennials should do enough research and preparation BEFORE the switch. Whether you’re a party animal or you simply want work with more perks, these jobs would make you dance all the way to the bank.