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( -- Wherever you go, the bouncers, bartenders and club owners all seem to know you by name. Your phone list is packed with "celebutantes" you address on a first name basis, and you never seem to miss the after-party's after-party.

So why not find a job that pays you to party? Here are 10 ways to work it while you're working:

1. Event Plannerexternal link What they do: Professionally plan parties and other events.

Why they party: Event planners have to know every aspect of the parties or events they are planning, including the guest list.

What it pays: The median annual salary is $35,000.*

2. Bartenderexternal link What they do: Mix and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Why they party: Drinks, with or without alcohol, go with every party setting.

What it pays: The median annual salary is $23,400.

3. Booking Managerexternal link What they do: Book and make the final arrangements for bands to play at venues and concert events.

Why they party: Whether working in-house or freelance, bookers are usually hired for their network of contacts which come in handy when a band is looking for its next gig.

What it pays: The median annual salary for bookers with one to four years of experience is $45,000.

4. Disc Jockeyexternal link What they do: Spin prerecorded music at clubs, venues or on the radio.

Why they party: They control the feel of the party: What they spin keeps the atmosphere up or brings it down. If they are a radio Disc Jockey, they play requests and selections to keep up the ratings of the radio stations for which they work, and make appearances at company-sponsored events and concerts.

What it pays: The median annual salary for a Disc Jockey employed by a radio station is $30,000. Self-employed or club Disc Jockeys generally make less because their earnings are determined by their public following, talent, self-promotion and the budgets of the venues and clients that hire them.

5. Nightclub Managerexternal link What they do: Oversee the operations of their hotspots.

Why they party: Their job is about creating the party. The decisions they make regarding music, decorations, marketing and hiring all contribute to whether the club will be popular or deserted.

What it pays:The median annual salary is $41,500.

6. Bouncerexternal link What they do: Review identification cards at establishment entryways, manage the guest capacity and kick out troublemakers.

Why they party: As an extension of management, bouncers decide who is allowed in the venue and who is staying outside.

What it pays: The median annual salary for bouncers who are employed at bars, nightclubs or restaurants is $30,000.

7.Travel Guideexternal link What they do: Escort tourists to see highlighted points of interest in an area.

Why they party: Their job is to show visitors where to go to have fun and teach them about local history.

What it pays: The median annual salary is $30,000.

8. Promotions Managerexternal link What they do: Direct promotional programs to increase public awareness and sales.

Why they party: To create buzz for the product or venue they are promoting, they'll often plan or sponsor an event with special giveaways (and, sometimes, celebrities).

What it pays: The median annual salary is $63,610.

9. Talent Scoutexternal link What they do: Find and develop new talent for their industry, which may include music, sports or acting.

Why they party: A talent scout hangs out in locations where they are likely to find new talent in their industry. This often means scouting hot events, clubs and parties.

What it pays: The median annual salary is $45,000.

10. Publicistexternal link What they do: They handle the press releases, promotions and events that help get the word out about their clients.

Why they party: Publicists maintain the relationship between the celebrities and everyone else. From making media decisions to handling personal requests, they play a role in determining where their clients go, what they say and how they are portrayed.

What it pays: The median annual salary is $39,940.

*Salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and

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