Finance, business development, marketing, human resources — these are all common job roles, but if they don't sound particularly appealing, there are plenty of options that still pay well. Contrary to popular belief, you can just eat ice cream and glam it up for photo shoots for a living.
There are tons of dream jobs out there that might not seem attainable, but they are. Here are 10 careers you didn't know you could have, but someone out there may really be willing to pay you to do.
If you're a big gamer, many companies hire actual testers who can earn up to $35,000 a year, according to Game Industry Career Guide. Video game testers' jobs are pretty self-explanatory: They test video games for production companies before they release their games to the public. But their job is more than just sitting around all day playing. They must play the game a number of times, yes. But they're looking to uncover bugs and glitches within the game and analyzing the user face more than they're just out to beat their buddies.
Imagine if someone would pay you to eat Rocky Road? Oh, wait. Someone might. Tastemasters, who often have a degree in food science, have a discerning palate and a bottomless pit for a stomach. They're responsible for tasting flavors during various stages of production, testing for texture, smell, consistency and other valuables.
If you've dreamed of having a career that could afford you, say, a Ferrari, but you don't want to wait to earn one for yourself, you could just work as a Ferrari driving instructor and get access to one every day anyway. The job is usually relegated to former professional drivers, but successful candidates can earn six figures a year by working for companies like Ferrari Driving School.
There's a gamut of ways to become a professional world traveler. If you're lucky, like Ben Southall in 2009, someone will pay you to be the "temporary caretaker" of a private island, like the Great Barrier Reef Island, for a few months. Southall was hired to promote tourism to Queensland and, of almost 35,000 applicants, he got the job that asked him to swim, snorkel, kick back and blog. Travel bloggers, influencers and journalists are in fact often flown around the world by public relations professionals and clients who are looking to promote destinations, hotels, tourism brands, cruise ship lines and more.
A food stylist, unfortunately, doesn't get to eat all the food with which they work, but they do get to prepare and style it for still photo, stop motion and video productions. They will often work closely with the chefs who are preparing the food, as well as the editors and photographers (if they're not also then photographer) who have the vision for the set.
Test video games, ice cream and even waterslides. Seb Smith, a British university student, famously landed a six-month stint as a waterslide tester for SplashWorld Resorts, owned by vacation brand First Choice. Smith had the opportunity to fly around the world to test slides and flumes, analyzing his experiences on splash size and adrenaline factor.
As drones grow in popularity but don't decrease in price, many magazines, online outlets, influencers and brands are looking to drone photographers who can shoot aerial footage for them. Drone photographers are essentially pilots and artists who can provide the equipment and the direction for a new wave of creativity.
If you like to think you're a professional napper, you could literally be a professional lounger. Furniture companies need people to test out their piece, sometimes up to 200 pieces per day, before their couches, chairs, beds and more go to market. According to Career Addict, a professional lounger can earn nearly $35,000 a year.
Wine aficionados: The title of a sommelier is for you. A sommelier, also known as a wine steward, is a trained and accredited wine professional who typically works in finer restaurants and bars so that they can pair wine and food and make educated recommendations.
If you consider yourself an outdoorsy adventure guru, you can work blazing trails for different areas around the country. Trail blazers are well-versed in environmental science and have a commitment to sustainability efforts. They promote outdoor hiking, trekking and more by actually building trails for adventurers.
AnnaMarie Houlis is a multimedia journalist and an adventure aficionado with a keen cultural curiosity and an affinity for solo travel. She's an editor by day and a travel blogger at HerReport.org by night.
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