First and foremost, any job that will give you a desk and or cubicle is more likely to pay you pretty decently and is definitely going to be on the opposite end of the spectrum from hard labor. There isn’t much hard labor you can do in a 10 by 10 foot square box with a desk. Also, you can read our list of easy jobs with high pay.
It is common sense that there is a direct correlation between how much a person is paid and the amount of higher education that person has received. The correlation even goes further to point out a positive correlation between higher levels of education and higher levels of income for all racial and ethnic groups, men and women alike.
The positive correlations do not stop there. College graduates are also most likely to have jobs that give them greater benefits, such as health insurance and pension benefits. Also, the income gap between high school graduates and college graduates is widening. Overall, the more education you have the better. The chances of you having a great job that gives you benefits, pays you well and doesn’t require any hard labor from you goes up considerably after you have a college degree.
On the other hand, there is an apparent negative correlation between jobs that pay well and jobs that require hard labor. The two don’t usually go together, because as a society we place more importance on jobs that require mental sharpness over physical skills. That being said, there are certainly careers that pay well, require a high level of thinking and also require a large amount of laborious paper work and such.
For example, being a doctor is a great job. You have prestige, super high pay, and great benefits. If you like people and genuinely want to care for them, it may seem like a pretty straightforward gig. This is not the case, however. As a doctor, dealing with and treating patients is only half of the job. The other half is a myriad of charts and paperwork. As a doctor you must fill out every single patient chart. While you can dictate them to a typist, this still takes many hours out of your week. It is a very tedious and monotonous process because there is a protocol that you must follow with every chart. Aside from charts, you are also responsible for writing and calling in prescriptions for your patients. This can be complicated and frustrating depending on your patients needs, allergies, healthcare plans, and where they live. In addition to all of the paperwork, you will also be required to go to countless hospital meetings to keep you up to date on proceedings and hospital administration. While these things are certainly not hard labor, they are laborious and difficult and take away from the practicing medicine part of being a doctor.
What it really comes down to getting the best of the correlations is to get a higher degree, take an administrative job and delegate any laborious tasks to those around you.