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You've had it. Enough with the boring drudgery. You want glamour. We're talking globe-trotting, footlights, camera-snapping glamour -- the jobs that everyone envies.

While every job has its good and bad points, let's face it, some are just more glamorous than others. Outplacement firm Challenger, Grey and Christmas suggests these glamorous jobs:

Airline pilot

Salary: $53,000-$144,140

Becoming a commercial airline pilot, for some, is a life-long dream. But before you head for the cockpit, you'll need a commercial pilot's license issued by the FAA. This requires at least 250 hours of flight experience.

Commercial and multi-engine pilot training and flight instructor courses can cost from $50,000 to $70,000. Brian, who has flown for two major commercial airlines, started saving to go to commercial flight school when he was 13. He loves his job and says his hours are flexible, allowing plenty of time for family.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), FAA regulations restrict airline pilots from flying more than 100 hours a month or more than 1,000 hours a year. Most fly an average of 75 hours a month and work additional hours performing non-flying duties.

Executive chef

Salary: $10.75 per hour-$26.75 an hour

Food is a staple of life. But to some, it is both art and passion. To join the ranks of executive chefs, most candidates will have trained at a culinary school, worked as an apprentice under another chef, and put in their time in the restaurant industry. Many of the great chefs first started out working in fast-food restaurants, sharpening their skills as they moved up in the trade. Their greatest accomplishment is creating memorable meals for their patrons to savor.

This glamorous occupation does come with its pitfalls. Chefs work very long hours (sometimes morning until night and most weekends), are always on their feet in a hot kitchen, and must deal with the pressure of delivering top-notch meals that will make their patrons want to come back. If you can handle the heat... hop in the kitchen.

Movie producer

Salary: $35,500-$88,000

Producers are entrepreneurs who are full of business savvy and have creative flair. As a producer, you'll be the boss, so selecting the right script, cast and crew will make your job easier.

While there is no specific training required, it is helpful to have some knowledge of film, broadcasting and the movie making industry. Your biggest task will be to oversee every aspect of movie production, making sure it stays on schedule and within budget. You can expect long, stressful days while on set.

Not ready for the movies? Consider working for a news station or in broadcast advertising.

News anchor

Salary: $37,000-$122,800 (varies by market size and experience)

If you are ready for your close-up, can think quickly on your feet and work well under pressure, you may be suited to be a news anchor. A strong voice, excellent grammar and good looks help, too!

Many anchors start out working in smaller markets on community stations or even public access. They groom their talents by working long hours, researching topics, interviewing people and asking the hard-hitting questions.

A degree in broadcast journalism is preferred, but some make it into the industry with other professional backgrounds like health or business. Internships are often the first step into this exciting career.

Fashion model

Salary: Ranges from $500 to $5,000 per assignment. Top level models range up to $10,000 per assignment.

According to the BLS, employment for models is expected to grow 10 to 20 percent between now and 2014. If you can walk the catwalk, are expressive and hard-working, modeling may be the glam job for you.

As a model, your job is to express an "image" and persuade people to buy the products they are selling. Not a 6-foot cover girl? There are other modeling opportunities out there. Plus-size models, petite models, hand, feet or hair models are in demand also.

You'll need to build a portfolio showcasing your talent. Next, hook up with a reputable agency that will help get you work in the industry. Assignments can vary from working in a photo studio to going out on location. Some may require travel. You'll need a positive attitude and must be flexible when working on set.

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