I'm sure a lot of people here are quite ambitious and academic. Hence it is likely these sorts of people will go on to get high-paid jobs.
However, although jobs like programmers/analysts/accountants/lawyers/etc are highly paid, many such jobs are boring and/or stressful.
I used to be highly ambitious and wanted to get up as high as possible on the job ladder for some much-salary job. But I was talking to and old teacher of mine recently about my interests in becoming a (maths) teacher, and she said although her Cambridge friends had gone on to earn high salaries and obviously liked having the extra disposable income, they weren't nearly as happy and satisfied with their jobs as she was teaching.
So faced with the choice of having a lucrative high-paid job that is not all that satisfying, or a much lower paid job which you find satisfaction with, what would you choose?
I don't want to be a programmer personally, but many people do find that stuff interesting - but programming isn't very highly paid. You can move up to other computer related jobs though which can be more interesting and better paid. For example computer security.
Personally, I think being a lawyer IS very interesting! The pay is good too, but the competition is intense...
I agree with howard. You have to make as much as you need, but you should also find something you enjoy doing.
There are virtually no genuinely low-paid (by which I mean £5 or £6 an hour) jobs which are also interesting. I think what the thread starter means is extremely well-paid but boring jobs versus moderately well-paid but interesting jobs. However there are also plenty of people who think very well-paid jobs are also interesting (even if stressful and hard work at times).
Most people have boring and badly-paid jobs. You're pretty lucky not to end up in one.
Ok maybe try other conditions like Diabetes etc.
What about hospital doctors work? What do you think of them?