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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

5 Unconventional Jobs With Great Benefits

Jean Folger, provided byInvestopedia

August 8, 2011

Unconventional jobs are those that most people wouldn't think of when choosing a career path. Often reserved for free spirits or for those who value intrinsic rewards above financial pay-offs, these alternative vocations can provide the opportunity for people to make a living doing what they love. While some unusual jobs are, umm, unappealing, to say the least (such as a Bat Guano Collector or Flatulence Analyst), others offer heaps of perks, though not always the financial kind. Here is a look at five of these unconventional careers with great benefits.
Circus ArtistCircus artists are trained professionals who perform with resident or touring shows. Generally, a circus artist specializes in a specific talent, such as acrobat or trapeze artist, aerialist, trampolinist or dancer. Depending on the troupe, talented circus artists can pull in moderate six figure salaries.


The famed Cirque Do Soleil company, for example, offers its touring performers competitive compensation and vacation policies, performance bonuses, return transportation home once per year, lodging and transportation between cities, medical, dental, disability and life insurance coverage, gourmet buffet-style meals most days and free tickets to any Cirque Du Soleil show. Circus artists often have the added benefit of traveling the world and meeting interesting people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/08/08/investopedia57691.DTL#ixzz1UWUvzqnY

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