5 Luxury Jobs that are Still Flourishing in This Economy
Have you ever thought of working in a place where almost everybody you deal are among the rich and famous? Most people’s jobs are often exposed to stressful activity that easily wears them out. However, there are some jobs that sound very luxurious (and cater to people who love luxury) that you may be interested in. It’s understandable to think that jobs offering luxury services may be nearly dead in the kind of economy we have. But luxury jobs do still exist, alive and kicking! Well, some anyway. Here’s a list of some jobs where people get to work in lavish places and posh markets.
• Spa Attendants. All over the world, spas have been one of the most booming businesses; they still are, no matter how the economy plays out. A lot of wealthy people go to spas for one single purpose: to relax. And they don’t pay cheap, so workers in these places are well-compensated. Some spas in Houston offer about $38,000 per year to their spa attendants (they are also called associates) to provide wellness activities for a relaxing stay. Most clients are the rich and the powerful, so great communication skills and pleasing personality along with plenty of experience catering to the needs of the elite are required to land this luxury job. Don’t worry about getting stressed being at the beck and call of the rich…one of the perks is free spa membership (so you can get some great treatment too).
• Luxury Apartment Housekeepers. Cleaning has never been fun until the emergence of luxury apartment housekeepers in Florida. Employers pay as much as a yearly salary of $35,000 to luxury apartment housekeepers. Though the job might seem easy (everybody knows how to clean though not everyone wants to do it), there are other requirements. Having a background in hospitality, and fluency in Spanish as well as English are a definite advantage if you want to get hired.
• Fashion Designers. What could be more fascinating than creating clothes for the elite? Rich and famous people are sometimes just too busy with their work or too popular to go out and do some shopping. Plus, they don’t buy off the rack; having their own personal fashion designer is a status symbol, of course. Instead of attracting the mob, the rich hires private couturier and ask for personalized fashion designs. And don’t think you can flaunt them as part of your portfolio. Most of these designs become the exclusive property of the elite. So how much do fashion designers earn? In Manhattan, NYC (the highest paying city for this job) they can earn as high as $97,211.
• Executive Chef. Working in hotel-restaurants, restaurants, cruise ships and other food establishments frequented by the elite is by no means an easy feat. Cooking for the rich and trying to satisfy their discriminating palate and taste buds is quite a challenge. You have to be imaginative and artistic – not to mention the must have natural talent of coming up with mouth-watering fare. But with a salary range of $47,000 – $80,000 (highest paying city: Miami, Florida), it wouldn’t be so hard to get your artistic and imaginative side going.
• Luxury Hotel General Manager/Staff. Have you ever been to a 7-star hotel? Staying in such plush surroundings outrageously expensive; but then again the service is exceptional. Everybody seems to have undergone all the necessary training to be polite, courteous, and always smiling to their guests. Your communication skills must be outstanding for this job. And while you’re at it, mind your manners, too. The rich are very particular with proper decorum. In Napa, California (which is the highest paying city for this job), a general manager fetches an annual salary range between $49,000 and $144,828.
In a slowly-recovering economy, you would think that luxury jobs would have been dead by now. Some habits die hard and luxury is not something that’s easy to let go, especially for those who have gotten used to it all or most of their lives. It’s definitely a welcome note for workers who are trained to do these types of jobs. As long as there are those who are willing to pay for getting pampered in lavish environments, luxury jobs can continue to flourish even in difficult times.