There are many most curious and surprising jobs that we would never have thought of as children. From people who are in charge of playing with the pets of an office to the cleaning and maintenance service of the Buckingham Palace, who recently published an offer with a salary of US $ 32,000 a year that generated great controversy.
Jason Prather travels the world to bring back the color of the roller coasters.
One of the most surprising is the one occupied by Jason Prather, a 32-year-old American who travels around the world with a painting company to recover the color of the roller coasters of the different amusement parks. The risk of his job and the long hours make him have a high salary.
According to the worker, one of the advantages of his position is that he can see everything from above. «You can see unique things. Customers in the parks are often surprised and take pictures of you. It is quite satisfying to know that you make their day with your work, «he explains in CNBC Make It.
Up to $ 25 per hour
Baynum Paiting, the company where Prather works, travels the different amusement parks painting and restoring attractions, from the classic roller coasters to water slides in water parks or small play spaces.
Currently, the worker earns U $ S 75,000 per year for this position, which is about $ 25 an hour. But also, it should be noted that you get extras for travel.
Your salary includes an additional 15% when you need to travel outside of Kentucky or have to work overtime for project needs. He has been a roller coaster painter for more than two years and hopes that his salary will increase soon up to US $ 80,000.
Says Jason: «You can see unique things. Park patrons are often surprised and take pictures of you.»
Before launching into this world of painting, he worked for eight years in a sewage treatment plant. Although he earns much more than now, up to US $ 95,000 per yearHe wanted a change of scene and to find something that would make him really happy.
His biggest goal was to travel and see the world, so when the opportunity arose with Baynum Painting he couldn’t say no.
The risk of work and long hours make the salary high. But you have to dare to heights.
It took Prather roughly six months to adjust to this job, he explains, and had to pass numerous safety tests, as roller coasters and other attractions are continually suspended in midair to paint.
«One of the hardest moments in my job was at the Santa Cruz (California) pier, where I had to climb the roller coaster to get the job done.» Although he started out on the lower ladder, as a painter, today Jason Prather holds the position of project foreman, leading other employees on each of the jobs.