Every once in a while you hear of a job and you think, there’s no way someone gets paid for that. Well, think again. The following are some interesting jobs that actually do exist.
Look no further if your dream job is to lay around and get paid–professional snuggler is a real position. First taking off in Japan, businesses where clients can lay with a professional snuggler quickly came to North America. For an hourly fee, clients snuggle up to strangers to relax after a long day.
Everyone’s probably wanted to be an actor at one time or another, but few people know what a stand-in is. On a film set, it can sometimes take hours to get the lighting and camera angles right. Actors are too busy to hang around while the work happens, so a stand-in with similar physical characteristics as the actor stands where the scene will take place. As the cinematographer and director adjust the lights and camera, they can instantly see what their star will look like. A stand-in get all the action of Hollywood with no public scrutiny or lack of privacy.
Gumologist is every kid’s dream position, which pretty much involves what you think it would. A tester of all things hubba and bubba, gumologists review new products and developments for chewing gum companies. Despite their tiny size, each piece of gum is packed with research, putting the gumologist on the front lines of keeping kids happy. A pretty sweet dream job in the grand scheme of things.
If you love making something out of nothing, working in food might be for you. However, possibly the most playful food industry jobs are in desserts. Like the name suggests,chocolatiers work exclusively with chocolate, crafting incredible treats, desserts, and candies to delight customers of all ages. Getting paid to do arts and crafts with chocolate doesn’t sound too bad, especially when this dream job must make so many people happy.
Personal shopper is the perfect position for any and every shopaholic. Personal shoppers usually work with one person, and are in charge of constantly maintaining a jaw-dropping wardrobe. Common among celebrities and high-powered business people, personal shoppers can also work for fashion magazines. This position is one of the higher earning ones on the list, making it a true dream job.
Just what the name says, a tea taster gets paid to sip tea all day. Tasters are expected to taste upwards of 200 cups of tea a day, and must be versed in every type of tea imaginable. Along with the delicious job description, tea tasters are required to travel around the world to test new suppliers and products. Free tea all day and paid vacations? Where do we sign up?
Much like regular actors, voice actors are the personalities behind animated films and TV shows. While making funny voices all day seems perfect, don’t forget that they never appear on camera, so they can also show up in pajamas. Traditional voice actors do make less than their more famous Hollywood counterparts, though mucking about in front of microphone every day sounds fun enough to do for free.
While we wish it was a more high demand position, it appears waterslide tester positions only come around once in a blue moon. Sebastian Smith, reported to be the first waterslide tester, was employed by First Choice holidays in 2013 to travel the world’s water parks and give reviews on slides and venues. This sounds like getting paid to vacation, which is a pretty unbeatable dream job.
If you’ve never dreamed of getting paid to watch TV, you might not be human. Netflix tagging has brought this dream to the real world. In this position, employees watch content on Netflix, then enter key describing words into the system for each show. By tagging media in Netflix with keywords, it’s easier for users to search for shows they want. Which means you get paid to watch TV and making the world a better place.
Much like a professional snuggler, professional sleepers have a pretty cushy gig. Whether they’re sleeping for scientific studies or for NASA, professional sleepers have the literal dream job. Another job where showing up in pajamas is encouraged, professional sleepers make any job look like too much work.
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