Be prepared to be astounded as a TikTok video reveals a lucrative work opportunity for Tower Lantern Changers earning $130,000 (£100,000) for replacing lightbulbs on signal towers over 600 metres high, but it comes with risky hazards.
People are going crazy on social media in shock at a job that allows you to make $130,000 (£100,000) for changing a lightbulb.
Why not accept the task of changing a lightbulb and receive a whopping $130,000 (£100,000) if you had lately considered leaving your work and wanted a change of career?
Sadly, just like everything else that seems too wonderful to be true, the job does have a catch. Over the years, I’ve changed a few light bulbs, but none quite like this.
A Tower Lantern Changer can get $130,000 (£100,000) for replacing a lightbulb, according to the TikTok video released by Science8888, however despite the high pay, there aren’t enough people who want the work.
The clip continues: “Actually, this is not a regular light bulb. Not everyone can do it either. This is a special job for high-altitude operations, replacing lightbulbs for signal towers over 600 meters high.”
“This type of signal tower is different from ordinary tall towers. In terms of appearance, it is built from a metal bracket – the higher the height, the thinner the bracket – and there are no protective measures, [climbers] relying solely on a rope to protect them.”
So what is required to train as a tower lantern changer?
The first requirement is pretty obvious, I suppose. You can’t have a fear of heights, so if you’re the kind who holds the bags and coats for your friends while they ride the attractions at the theme park, this job is absolutely not for you.
Additionally, you must be physically active because, according to the TikTok video, the climb up the 600-meter tower takes about three hours, with a round-trip time of six hours.
Although the video suggests that a tower lantern changer can make $130,000 (£100,000), other sources indicate that the pay varies.
According to Field Engineer: “Entry-level tower climbers with less than a year of experience often average $17 (£13) per hour on their role with under one year of experience.”
“The highest wind speed at the top of the tower is nearly 100 kilometers. If you don’t grab it firmly, you’ll just fall off,” the video explains.
“For those with more experience than that, they can expect to earn around $19 (£15) per hour.”
On Jooble, there are several job postings for Tower Lantern Changers, with one offering up to £32 ($40) per hour and another offering £16-35 ($20-44) per hour or £240 per day ($301).
Although the rates vary, there’s no doubt that it’s still a significant sum. But would you do it if it meant spending about six hours in the air and climbing more than 600 meters?
People have flocked to the video in awe at the job description and to discuss whether they would ever be able to perform it on their own.
One TikTok user said: “Bro for 130k I’m climbing Everest to change the bulb.”
“Imagine at the top you forgot the light bulb,” another wrote.
A third commented: “$130,000? Where do I sign up?”
And a final resolved: “I’ll take it!”