How much does your dream job pay?

Your dream job may be more realistic and well-rewarded than you think

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Are you in your dream job? Some lucky folks are, but everyone else has spent the best part of the week staring out of the window at work, wondering what life would be like if they'd managed to wangle a job as a game tester, cake decorator or personal shopper instead. A new study has revealed that not only would life be better - but we'd be reasonably well off too.

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The study, by jobs site Indeed, identified 10 dream jobs with reasonable pay - six of which pay over the UK average salary. The good news for anyone wanting to live the dream, is that while one or two require qualifications, and a number of them demand skills, most will employ anyone with the right experience and abilities - regardless of qualifications.

The biggest paydays were for those who fancy working in wine for a living (as a sommelier), followed by those who like the idea of dressing in swanky clothes and living the high life as brand ambassadors, and those who could see themselves swimming with dolphins as marine biologists. All three jobs pay over £35,000.

Ten dream jobs
Sommelier £42,689
Brand ambassador £37,382
Marine biologist £35,848
Brewmaster £30,713
Personal trainer £28,630
Game tester £28,509
Personal shopper £22,491
Cake decorator £19,407
Dog walker £16,845
Ski instructor £15,798

Bill Richards, UK Managing Director at Indeed, commented: "The jobs on our list are popular hobbies and passions turned into careers. Finding the harmony between the demands of a role and the responsibilities of daily life is hard, but it becomes easier when we do what we love for a living."

"Loving what we do helps us thrive as an individual and achieve great things as a professional. A true dream job is one that gives high levels of both happiness and satisfaction – and which consequently won't even feel like a job at all!"

It's a reminder to us all that we can pursue our dreams - no matter how old we are. And while our youthful dreams of becoming a top-flight footballer might be less realistic as we get older, there's nothing stopping us working as a brewmaster or game tester.

In fact, a recent survey by Bing found that some of our dream jobs are perfectly achievable if we put our minds to them. The top ten included some that are incredibly difficult to come by - like a Formula 1 driver, pilot or a pop star. However, there were also some which are realistic ambitions - from working for a charity or coaching sports, to writing or taking photos for a living.

Richards points out that while it may seem like the safer option to stick with what you know, if you can find work doing something you are really passionate about, you are likely to do better at work, achieve more, and feel more rewarded.

So what do you think? What's your dream job? And do you think you'll ever get it? Let us know in the comments.

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