The UK’s Hardest Jobs: Training VS Reward

By George Ferguson on 18-May-2018 09:28:53

the UK's hardest jobs training vs reward

What are the UK’s hardest jobs?

At AVADO we're all about delivering incredible training that translates into real career progression. So which jobs take the longest amount of time to get qualified for? We compare job training to reward to determine the UK’s hardest grafters and whether their work pays off.

Click here to view the full infographic, or read our summary below:

 

Marines Profile

Royal Marine
Involves risking your life in various hostile environments.

Working hours:
45 hours a week

Pros: Heroic, travel, social

Cons: Solitary, risky, distress

Training required: 2 years 8 months

  • 4 months’ field exercises
  • 4 months' physical training
  • 2 years as a General Duties Rifleman.

Reward

  • Starting salary: £14,700
  • Average salary: £29k [i]
  • Maximum possible salary: £71,000 [ii]

 Architect Profile

Anaesthetist
Involves providing anaesthetics, often in emergency situations. 

Working hours:
48 hours a week

Pros: Heroic, Lucrative, Respect

Cons: Pressure, Shifts, Distress

Training required: 14 years

  • 5-year degree in medicine
  • 2 years’ foundation training in hospitals
  • 2 years’ core training in anaesthesia
  • 5 years’ anaesthetics training + FRCA exam

Reward

  • Starting salary: £26,614 (Year 1), £30,805 (year 2)
  • Average salary: £51k [iii]
  • Maximum possible salary: £173 [iv]

 

Barrister Profile

Barrister
Involves representing people in court and providing legal advice.

Working hours:
40 hours minimum a week

Pros: Self-rule, Variety, Lucrative

Cons: Distress, Hours, Pressure

Training required: 5 years

  • 3-year law degree
  • 1 year Bar Professional Training Course
  • 1 year practical training (aka ‘Pupillage’)

Reward

  • Starting salary: £12,000
  • Average salary: £45,857 [v]
  • Maximum possible salary: £1,000,000 (for those in private practice with 10 years’+ experience)

 

Psychiatrist Profile

Psychiatrist
Involves diagnosing and treating patients with mental health disorders.

Working hours:
40 hours a week

Pros: Self-rule, Heroic, Lucrative

Cons: Training, hours, distress

Training required: 13 years

  • 5-year degree in medicine
  • 2 years' foundation training
  • 3 years' psychiatry training
  • 3 years' training in chosen speciality (I.e. children, or forensic)

Reward

  • Starting salary: £26,350
  • Average salary: £77,529
  • Maximum possible salary: £104,525

 

Architect Profile

Architect
Involves designing buildings and landscapes.

Working hours:
40 hours a week

Pros: Self-rule, Creative, Social

Cons: Training, Pressure, Pay

Training required: 7 years

  • 3-year degree in architecture
  • 1 year's practical experience
  • 2 year diploma or Masters degree in architecture
  • 1 year's further practical experience before an examination.

Reward

  • Starting salary: £18,000
  • Average salary: £38,813 [vi]
  • Maximum possible salary: £87,500 [vii]

 

Veterinary Surgeon Profile

Veterinary Surgeon
Involves diagnosing animals’ illnesses and performing surgery.

Working hours:
Roughly 43 hours a week

Pros: Respect, Heroic, Lucrative

Cons: Hours, Pressure, Distress

Training required: 5 years

  • 5 year degree in veterinary science

Reward

  • Starting salary: £30,000
  • Average salary: £44,000
  • Maximum possible salary: £72,360

 

Chartered Accountant Profile

Chartered Accountants 
Involves managing clients’ financial systems and budgets.

Working hours:
40 hours a week

Pros: Self-rule, Social, Lucrative

Cons: Solitary, training, tedious

Training required: 5 ½ years

  • 1 ½ years - Professional Diploma in accounting
  • 4 years ACCA Professional Qualification + work experience [viii]

Reward

  • Starting salary: £22,000 [ix]
  • Average salary: £54,875 [x]
  • Maximum possible salary: £150,000 [xi]

 Years Training Required Profile

Average Salary Profile

Training VS Reward Table

 

We might not have any courses that can help you become a Royal Marine or an Architect, but we do offer plenty of online qualifications that can give your career a boost! This includes the ACCA qualification that can set you on the path to becoming a Chartered Accountant. What to find out more? Click here for more information or give our friendly Course Advisors a call on 020 3911 3408.

 

[i] https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Salary/Royal-Navy-Royal-Marines-Commando-Salaries-E115287_D_KO11,33.htm

[ii] https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Salaries/colonel-royal-marines-salary-SRCH_KO0,21.htm

[iii] https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Salaries/england-anaesthetist-salary-SRCH_IL.0,7_IS7287_KO8,20.htm

[iv] https://www.inputyouth.co.uk/jobguides/job-anaesthetist.html

[v] https://www.reed.co.uk/average-salary/legal

[vi] https://www.reed.co.uk/average-salary/construction-property

[vii] https://www.cwjobs.co.uk/salary-checker/average-architect-salary

[viii] https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/job-sectors/accountancy-banking-and-finance/how-to-become-an-accountant

[ix] https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/how-to-become-an-accountant/

[x] https://www.reed.co.uk/average-salary/accountancy-qualified

[xi] http://yourfuture.accaglobal.com/global/en.html

George Ferguson

Written by George Ferguson

George Ferguson is a Marketing Executive at AVADO. Having studied English at university, George spent a year working as a Paralegal before making the career move to Marketing by joining AVADO through a graduate scheme in 2016. His work primarily focuses on content production, maintaining AVADO’s social media accounts and regularly updating the blog with news, interviews, research, and student testimonials. George also writes copy for everything from adverts and emails to web pages and brochures, ensuring that his writing skills are always being put to good use.

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