As the recent economic downturn has sent unemployment skyrocketing, it has also highlighted several problems with the American way of work. While many jobs once carried a host of cradle-to-grave benefits, it's gotten harder and harder to find work that provides basics like health care, dental care, and cost-of-living increases. Moreover, this trend seems likely to get worse. On one side, universal health care could, potentially, decouple work from health insurance; on the other side, the growing popularity of consulting or freelance work means that many once-common benefits like vacation seem likely to become a thing of the past.
With this in mind, it is hardly surprising that many people are dreaming about the kind of jobs that their parents had. If you're one of these people, you can take heart in the fact that, while rare, full-benefit jobs aren't quite dead. Granted, you might have to learn how to kill mercenaries, take care of college-age kids, or make beds on a moving ship. However, if you're willing to look far -- and perhaps put up with a lot of travel and adventure -- we may have the perfect job for you.
And so, without any further ado, Walletpop presents 17 jobs that you can run away to right now!