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Top 10 jobs for travellers

Top 10 jobs for travellersNot one for staying in one place? Want to just hit the open road? If you want a career with mileage, check out these jobs.

1: Helicopter pilot

Helicopter pilots fly single- or multi-engine helicopters for a wide range of business, leisure and emergency service purposes.

They are responsible for the safety of their passengers and for ensuring that they adhere to strict regulations. Most pilots fly alone but in larger helicopters there may be a captain and a co-pilot.

What qualifications do I need?

To fly helicopters commercially it is necessary to have a CPL(H) (Commercial Pilot's Licence) and be aged 18 or over. The CPL(H) is achieved either through a modular or integrated training programme.

How much does it pay?

Salaries may range from around £20,000 to £65,000 a year.

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2: Tour manager

Tour managers accompany groups of tourists on holidays in the UK or abroad. They make sure all the arrangements run smoothly, cope with any problems, and provide geographical, historical and general sightseeing information.

What qualifications do I need?

There are no formal entry requirements. Most tour operators are more interested in hiring tour managers with good people skills than in formal qualifications, although they may ask for some GCSEs (A*-C). Qualifications relating to travel and tourism are available at all levels.

Some tour operators prefer applicants with a degree, especially for tours that require thorough knowledge of a subject, such as history of art, music or history.

How much does it pay?

Salaries range from around £16,000 to £28,000 a year for tour managers who work all year round.

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3: Event organiser

Event organisers are responsible for planning events and ensuring that they run as smoothly as possible.

What qualifications do I need?

Many event organisers have a degree, foundation degree, HND or postgraduate qualification, although this is not essential. Over 50 institutions offer relevant courses, for instance in events management or hospitality and events management.

How much does it pay?

Salaries range from around £15,000 to £60,000 or more at senior levels.

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4: Astronaut

Astronauts travel and work in space. Currently, the main focus of human space activities is the International Space Station. Astronauts fly and dock space vehicles at the station and, once onboard, carry out scientific research and technical activities.

What qualifications do I need?

To become an astronaut, candidates must normally have a degree at masters level or preferably a doctorate in a natural science subject or medicine, engineering, information technology or mathematics. Preferably, they should also have at least three years' professional experience in a relevant field. Flying experience is useful.

How much does it pay?

Salaries may range from around £46,000 to £74,000 a year.

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5: Horse trainer

Horse trainers prepare horses for races. They build up the horses' stamina, fitness and technique, and devise training programmes for individual horses.

Training involves early starts, long hours and weekend work. Trainers work outdoors in all weather conditions plus spending some time indoors in offices. They travel to race meetings throughout the country.

What qualifications do I need?

There are no set qualifications, but horse trainers must have had several years' relevant experience before applying for a trainer's licence.

The first step for most young people is to train as a stable hand. Applicants may prepare by attending a foundation course, which leads to a stable hand Apprenticeship.

How much does it pay?

Incomes may range from at least £15,000 a year for an assistant trainer to over £50,000 a year for the most successful trainers.

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