This job pays up to $30,000 for a few days’ work after a disaster

Devastated Indiana Communities Begin Recovery After Massive Tornadoes
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In the wake of the spate of recent hurricanes, people all over are doing their part to lend a helping hand.

There are many ways you can pitch in—from donating money as well as nonperishable goods and clothing to volunteering. If you’re looking for a way you can be of assistance to hurricane victims while earning a living at the same time, you’re in luck.

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Independent insurance adjusters, who are responsible for assessing how much an insurance company will pay out on a claim, can earn up to $30,000 for just a few days of work after a natural disaster.

Of course, it can feel taboo to talk about earning a living while other people are experiencing the worst times of their lives. But while it might take an emotional toll to work with people who have just lost everything on a daily basis, you can take solace in the fact that you’re doing a good deed. You’re helping people start the process of getting their lives back on track, and no matter how you look at it, it’s a job that has to be done by someone.

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While the work can be inconsistent, when a major disaster strikes, as is the case with the recent hurricanes, those in the industry say it’s possible to earn $65,000 to $100,000 in the first month after the storm.

The work is relatively easy to come by, with most people simply “falling into” the career by virtue of living in a place where natural disasters are common, such as Florida.

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While experience in the construction or engineering industries will certainly give you a leg up, no specific professional background is required. Some firms prefer a college degree, but often a high school degree or even a GED is sufficient.

Many states do require a license, but the good news is that license is often valid across different states, so you can go where the work takes you.

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If you’re interested in finding out how exactly you can get a job in this line of work, has a guide on how to become an independent adjuster.

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If you think you have what it takes, Mother Nature ensures that your job will probably always be necessary.

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“Where disaster strikes, you’re going to be in great demand,” Robert Hartwig, an insurance professor at University of South Carolina’s business school, told TIME.

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