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If you’re having trouble making it to career fairs because you constantly have court dates to fight your speeding tickets, this article might interest you:

10 Jobs That Let You Drive Fast

By Candace Corner, CareerBuilder.com writer

You pity the 9-to-5 fools, holed-up behind their desks, bug-eyed from staring at their monitors all day. With one lead foot on the gas and a double-fisted power grip behind the wheel, your idea of work involves high velocities and sound salaries. But where does someone with your need for speed turn to when looking for a job? Consider these gigs that let you put the pedal to the metal:

1. Automobile Tester
What they do: Test drive new car models and help determine performance and safety ratings.

What allows it: When considering how an automobile is handling, testers need to observe every element of the vehicle and how it handles.

What it pays: The median hourly earnings are $16.54.*

2. Race Car Driver
What they do: Professionally race automobiles competitively around tracks or in designated areas at top speeds.

What allows it: Racecar driving is the ultimate job to let you drive fast.

What it pays: The salaries of race car drivers are generally undisclosed unless a legal case requires the figures to be released. Annual salaries can start at $100,000, plus drivers can earn a bonus based on race results.

3. Pilot
What they do: Operate aircraft for different companies or purposes including commercial, agricultural or entertainment reasons.

What allows it: It’s simply about getting the passengers or cargo to the desired destination as fast (and safely) as possible.

What it pays: The median annual earnings of airline pilots, copilots and flight engineers is $129,250 and the median annual earnings of commercial pilots is $53,870.

4. Firefighter
What they do: Use strategy and equipment to confine and extinguish fires.

What allows it: Firefighters need to have quick response time and drive as fast and safely as possibly to get to the scene and take care of things.

What it pays: At the state and local levels, firefighters make a median salary of $40,000 a year.

5. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
What they do: Drive to the scene of an emergency to administer medical treatment and transport the injured to the emergency room.

What allows it: The response time to meet the emergency situation is crucial. Sirens and lights alert other drivers and pedestrians while ambulance drivers race through red lights and pass traffic.

What it pays: The median annual salary for an EMT with one to four years of experience is $27,500.

6. Taxi Driver
What they do: Drive automobiles, with passengers in tow, around cities and towns to their destinations.

What allows it: They need to get customers where they want to be on time.

What it pays: The median annual salary for a taxi driver with 1 to 4 years of experience is $35,000.

7. Valet (Parking Attendant)
What they do: Park and retrieve customers cars.

What allows it: While a valet position hardly allows the freedom to hit high speeds like a race car driver or even taxi driver might, the focus is still getting the car back to its owner as fast as possible.

What it pays: The median salary for workers ages 18 to 25 is $22,000, and $47,000 for workers ages 25 to 44.

8. Ocean Lifeguard
What they do: Use expert swimming and training skills to rescue people and animals from water-related accidents and oversee the safety of the water area they are observing.

What allows it: As a lifeguard, the question of how fast the response is becomes a life or death situation. When overseeing a large body of water, speed boats and other faster modes of transport are needed.

What it pays: The median annual salary for government employed lifeguards is $21,000.

9. Bike Messenger
What they do: Use bikes as means of transporting letters and packages from one destination to another.

What allows it: Keeping up with car traffic is essential to getting the job done and staying safe while doing it.

What it pays: The median annual salary for company-employed messengers is $25,940.

10. Delivery Driver
What they do: Take goods from businesses and consumers to clients via automobile or truck.

What allows it: While delivery drivers are expected to follow the rules of the road, they need to know the fastest route possible.

What it pays: The median annual salary for company-employed drivers is $34,000.

*Salary information from The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Payscale.com, CareerProspects.org and FortWayne.com.

Candace Corner is a writer for CareerBuilder.com.

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Summer may be over, but don’t overlook the possibility of getting an internship for fall semester.  Internship hiring is still on the rise, according to a nationwide survey by CBcampus.com. Forty-nine percent of hiring managers say they expect to hire college interns through the end of 2006, and 36 percent plan to increase their interns’ pay above 2005 levels.

Look at it this way:  The effort you put into finding an internship could save you loads of time on a full-time job search.  Nearly six-in-ten hiring managers say they are likely to offer a permanent position to a college graduate who interned at the organization and performed well.

Plus, an internship could replace your part-time job.  Eighty-three percent of employers say they typically pay their interns, with 37 percent paying more than $10 per hour.

Read the full survey release here.

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So… you’re not quite ready to give up your Thursday (and Friday, and Saturday, and Monday and Tuesday) night partying?  This CareerBuilder.com article might help you find a way to earn an income without leaving the bar.

10 Jobs for Party Animals

Candace Corner, CareerBuilder.com writer

Wherever you go, the bouncers, bartenders and club owners all seem to know you by name. Your phone list is packed with "celebutantes" you address on a first name basis, and you never seem to miss the after-party’s after-party.

So how do you construct your life around a full-time day job and still having the energy and time to party like the rockstar you are? Here are 10 ways to work it while you’re working:


1. Event Planner
What they do: Professionally plan parties and other events.

Why they party: Event planners have to know every aspect of the parties or events they are planning, including the guest list.

What it pays: The median annual salary is $35,000.*

2. Bartender
What they do: Mix and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Why they party: Drinks, with alcohol or without, go with every party setting.

What it pays: The median annual salary is $23,400.

3. Booking Manager
What they do: Book and make the final arrangements for bands to play at venues and concert events.

Why they party: Whether working in-house or freelance, bookers are usually hired for their network contacts. Bands need a contact for when and where to play their gigs, and the public wants to know them because they know the bands.

What it pays: The median annual salary for bookers with one to four years of experience is $45,000.

4. Disc Jockey
What they do: Spin prerecorded music at clubs, venues or on the radio.

Why they party: They control the feel of the party: What they spin keeps the atmosphere up or brings it down. If they are a radio disc jockey, they play requests and selections to keep up the ratings of the radio stations they work for, and make appearances at company-sponsored events and concerts.

What it pays: The median annual salary for a disc jockey employed by a radio station is $30,000. Self-employed or club disc jockeys generally make less because their earnings are determined by their public following, talent, self-promotion and the budgets of the venues and clients that hire them.

5. Nightclub Manager
What they do: Assist in and oversee the operations of their hotspots.

Why they party: Their job is about making the party. The choices they make for music, decorations, marketing and hiring all contribute to whether the place will be popular or deserted.

What it pays: The median annual salary is $41,500.

6. Bouncer/Doorman
What they do: Review identification cards at entryways, manage the guest capacity and kick out troublemakers.

Why they party: As an extension of management, bouncers decide who is allowed in the venue and who is staying outside.

What it pays: The median annual salary for bouncers who are employed at bars, nightclubs or restaurants is $30,000.

7. Travel Guide
What they do: Lead tourists around to see the highlighted points of interest in an area.

Why they party: Their job is to show the visitors where to go to have fun and know about the area.

What it pays: The median annual salary is $30,000.

8. Promotions Manager
What they do: Direct promotional programs to increase public awareness and sales.

Why they party: To create buzz for the product or venue they are promoting, they’ll create the party often with discounts, special events and incentives.

What it pays: The median annual salary is $63,610.

9. Talent Scout
What they do: Find and develop new talent for their industry, which may include music, sports or acting.

Why they party: A talent scout hangs out in locations where they are likely to find new talent in their industry. This means scouting hot events, clubs and parties.

What it pays: The median annual salary is $45,000.

10. Publicist
What they do: They handle the press releases, promotion and other publicity aspects to get the word out about their clients.

Why they party: Publicists maintain the relationship between the celebrities and everyone else. From making media decisions to handling personal requests, they play a role in determining where their clients go, what they say and how they are portrayed.

What it pays: The median annual salary is $39,940.

*Salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale.com.

Candace Corner is a writer for CareerBuilder.com.

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