Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Unlikely Jobs Where Top Earners Pull in 6 Figures

Looking for the perfect job to support your traveling needs? These six-figure positions bring in the right amount of money for you to take some time off without worrying! You'll be surprised at the list of unusual jobs that have 10% or more of their top earners getting over $100K per year: among them include boat captains in Tennessee, gaming managers in Pennsylvania, pharmacists, and human resources managers. The recent study also commented that music composers and directors were close to making the cut, but the average income was a little too low. If you're on the job hunt and think you might secure one of these positions, here are a few locations to spend that new income.

One of the most stable, enjoyable, and beautiful places to live in Europe, Zurich, Switzerland also happens to be a great place to explore. Try out your high school German, your Italian, or your French while traveling in Switzerland, but rest assured that English is widely spoken (and well at that). Take a peek at the list of hotels in Zurich, which include Eden Au Lac and The Dolder Grand. Eden Au Lac is centrally-located, making it perfect for the enthusiastic sightseer, and you can easily walk to Zurich Old Town and the Zurich West Quarter. For the traveler concerned with aesthetics, don't worry--even though the hotel has Exclusive Complimentary Perks through WhataHotel.com, each room is individually designed and decorated to an exacting standard. You can even get a room with a balcony and a view of Lake Zurich or the Alps, which is a priceless addition to anyone's vacation.

The Dolder Grand might be located in Zurich as well (and on What a Hotel!'s top hotels in Zurich list), but it's more suited for the health conscious and the luxury-obsessed. Built in 1899, this hotel recently underwent a grand transformation that fused old and new, still retaining the reputation of one of Zurich's most impressive landmarks. After a day getting pampered at the gorgeous location, you can catch a train to Uetliberg, where you can hike the Alps and check out a panoramic view from the Belvedere Tower that encompasses all of the Zurich area. For diversion closer to The Dolder Grand, you can take your pick from indoor sports like squash, tennis, swimming, and bowling, and then head to Lake Zurich, where you can stroll along walkways around the West Bank. Of course, winter sports enthusiasts should book as many winter outings as their schedules allow, because they can choose from snow tubing, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, sledding, ice skating, and even curling.

If you're getting ready to spend some of that career cash on a trip, Zurich might be just the right thing for you. If you're really feeling flush, go to the shopping district and get a fine Swiss watch--you've earned it! The world-famous Bahnhofstrasse is a smart and chic place to pick up jewelry as well as footwear, furs, and accessories in both department store and boutique settings. Day shoppers who are interested in exploring might like Niederdorf, which is a more out-of-the-way shopping location where you can purchase plenty of goods at smaller, more unique shops than you'd find on the high street. Lastly, for the bargain shopper, Fleemarket Kanzlei is a great flea market filled with bargain shopper deals along with a cafe, wine bar, and a small movie theatre.

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