Do you dream about quitting your job and traveling the world? Or perhaps you wish to go for a more adventurous life. There are dream jobs and there are jobs one can only dream about. If you dream of an extraordinary career that falls outside of the most common jobs in the world, there’s a chance you’ll find something that tickles your fancy on this list of the top 20 best jobs around the world.
20. World of Warcraft Tester
Do you spend all your spare time playing “World of Warcraft”. Now get paid for it! Blizzard Entertainment has a number of openings for game-industry jobs.
19. Wine Taster and Blogger
Let’s get drunk on life! You might have to temporarily move to wine country for this job, though.
One California blogger lived rent-free, drank wine, and got paid 10 grand a month to tweet about his experience. As a wine taster and blogger you need to be able to distinguish the flavours and also have knowledge of the wine-making process.
18. Bike-rider Photographer for Google
Get paid for cycling around! Google Maps hired two men to ride around France on a special bike that takes photos of historical sites that are inaccessible by car.
Not only do they get to travel through beautiful tourist destinations and take snaps, but also get paid. Who cares about looking strange!
17. Beer Tasters
Travelling around the country, visiting pubs and tasting different beers sounds like great fun to me. Might not be great for the beer belly though.
The Professional Beer Taster is responsible for identifying and defining characteristics of the beer through tasting. Pinpointing the texture of the beer is critical to beer testing. You decide if the beer is thin, such as a pale ale, or thick, like a stout. So if you know anyone who likes science and drinking, tell them you’ve found the perfect career for them.
16. Airplane Repossession Man
When the richest of the rich default on payments for their swanky toys, a repossession agent comes calling. Airplane repo-men are hired by banks to repossess the aircraft when payments are overdue. Be warned though, assignments might actually involve movie style action and intrigue!
The Discovery Channel’s Airplane Repo show features experts hired by banks to repossess high-value aircraft.
15. Hotel Reviewer
Imagine getting to check out top hotels and not having to pay a thing for them. Reviewers get to experience luxury accommodations and all they have to do in return is write up their critiques.
What could be more perfect than this job?
14. Professional Zombie
Are you the type of person who likes jumping out and scaring your friends? If so, you might want to apply as a professional zombie at The London Dungeons. They currently employ 50 staff members to do just that.
You don’t have to worry about what you’re going to look like every day because your work uniform is to look dead.
13. Car Test Driver
Believe it or not, car test drivers are paid by companies like BMW, Ferrari, Porsche to test drive their cars before they roll it out to the public. They spend the day exploring the vehicle from top to bottom and testing its drivability on the manufacturer’s track; this is their daily grind.
If you’re an automobile fanatic, looks like you’ve found your calling.
12. Ice-cream Taster
The “coolest” job in the list! In addition to actually getting to say, “I eat ice cream” in response to someone asking you what you do for a living, a common noteworthy perk of the job is an unlimited supply of ice cream.
A full-time taster is required to assess the quality of each flavour on the basis of texture, colour, smell, appearance, and other factors in addition to taste. An ice cream taster can earn up to $100,000 a year, according to some sources.
11. Tea Tester
Are you a tea fiend? Is your favourite part of the day, having that first lovely cuppa?
Professional tea tasters ensure that teas sourced from parts of the world are blended together perfectly to always give you the perfect brew. It takes five years to train a palate to identify, blindfold, the origin and blend of each sample and an expert is expected to be able to detect not only the country that produced a certain batch, but the region.
10. Lego Sculptors
Are you obsessed with LEGOs? Do you spend countless hours creating unique lego art? Then this is the perfect job for you!
LEGO has certified professionals who build models in LEGOLAND Discovery Centers around the world. Want the job? Submit a video of one of your models. If they like it, you might find yourself in a LEGO-building battle. With only around 30 of these jobs in the world, the competition is intense.
9. Chocolate Consultant
From high street brands to niche ones, there are a variety of chocolate consultant positions.
One of the world’s leading chocolate brands, Mondelez, which owns Cadbury & Oreo, is looking for a professional chocolate taster, who can provide honest feedback on their products. The job, with the official title of ‘Chocolate and Cocoa Beverage Taster’ requires seven and a half hours a week between Tuesdays and Thursdays from the lucky candidate. The job requires a ‘passion for confectionery and taste buds for detection’ and you also need to be eager to try new products.
8. Luxury Bed Tester
Some people hate to get out of bed to go to work in the morning. Other people go to work in the morning to get back in bed. Get paid while you sleep then spend your days doing whatever you want. Now that’s what you’d call a true “dream” job. As noteworthy as this wild and wacky job is, it is not as uncommon as you may think.
Hotel Chatter called attention to the dream job of professional bed tester when it profiled Travelodge’s Director of Sleepy, Wayne Munnell back in 2006. Munnelly was paid to nap on the company’s 25,000 beds. Pillows, blankets, and mattresses had to meet his comfort standards to be part of a Travelodge bed.
7. Condom Tester
If you are above the age of 18, a male and seeking a job that combines work with pleasure, here is an unusual opening that promises a combination of both.
An Australian manufacturing company hired over 200 adults to provide honest feedback of their condoms by, well, testing them. They didn’t get paid in cash, but were given free products in exchange for their opinions. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.
6. Candy Taster
One 12-year-old has the coveted position of “Chief Taster” of top secret candy recipes. He said his job makes him feel like he’s jumped into the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Uh, hello, adults eat candy too and we’d snap up the chance to make a living by feeding our sweet tooth. Life is a box of candies, you never know which flavour you may get!
5. Netflix Tagger
Netflix Tagger – An official Netflix job title — is one who is paid to watch movie and television content for the Internet streaming service. The person would be entering words or phrases that best describe a movie or TV show in the company’s database to improve the preciseness of their search function. Taggers help to bring more accurate recommendations to viewers so that you can Netflix & chill!
Netflix only hires part-time taggers and keeps this number small. While they try to give you the genre you enjoy watching, it’s not always a guarantee. If you have a voracious appetite when it comes to watching all kinds of movies and TV shows, you better keep an eye for an opening for this job!
4. Waterslide Tester
Are you willing to travel, comfortable in swim-wear and happy to get wet at work? If yes, then this job would be perfect for you
Seb Smith at 22 landed a summer job as a waterslide tester for Holiday firm First Choice beating out 2000 other applicants. He was given a 6-month contract with all overseas travel expenses paid on top of £20,000. He will be evaluating waterslides on 2 things: “biggest splash” and “adrenaline factor.” He may also be testing for safety issues.
3. Brothel Tester
Very much a real career in Germany (and at Moonlight BunnyRanch, Nevada), brothel testers get to sample the city’s sex services. Kaufmich.com, Berlin’s social media site, had a job listing seeking a university-educated, multi-lingual, quality control tester (man/woman) in good health and with several years’ experience in visiting brothels. The lucky new member of the company’s quality control team gets paid to rate brothels’ service and cleanliness standard, as well as safe-sex practices then publish reviews on to the site.
2. Luxury Travel Connoisseur for Third Home
Getting paid to travel the world and stay at Luxurious places sounds like a dream job for everyone. Unfortunately for us, it was only a limited period offer. Third Home, dubbed the “Airbnb for Millionaires” was seeking applicants (deadline- Mar. 30, 2017) for what it describes as the “best job on the planet”. The winner, Sorelle Amore, gets to travel the world, while staying in multi-million dollar luxury vacation homes. The job listings specifies a compensation of $10,000/month plus all travel expenses for a 3-month period staying in up to twelve (12) of the most luxurious homes. You also get to bring along a companion whose housing cost will be covered.
1. Paradise Island Caretaker
This job takes the cake as the best job in the world! Working just 12 hours a month, being busy relaxing and generally having a good time sounds just like my area of expertise! This opening by Tourism Queensland received 34000 applicants. The position as caretaker of Hamilton Islands in the Great Barrier Reef comes with a pay of $100,000 for 6 months and rent-free living in a 3 Bedroom ocean front villa. The job involves snorkelling, feeding fish and collecting the island’s mail. Also required to prepare a blog, a photo diary and video updates to attract tourists to the area.