So you’re a recent college graduate. Too bad you spent most of your college career watching "Office Space" rather than preparing to work in one. Now you find yourself thrust into the real world, but you're not quite ready to simply sit behind the desk as a means to make ends meet.Here's a list of jobs that pay well, actually exist, and are easily more entertaining than any job you’ll probably end up with.
There are plenty of food-related businesses out there that actually hire and train people to make sure the foods they are producing remain consistent in taste. For example, Godiva hires people to test their chocolate and make sure their product satisfies what customers have come to expect. Food-tasting jobs aren’t easy to land, but the average food tester makes around $35,000 with some making as close to $70,000. Not a bad deal for a person who eats chocolate for a living.
If you managed to make it through college without catching crabs, well done. But if you want a little excitement in your daily work, you should try catching some. While shows like "Deadliest Catch" may have glorified the profession a bit, it’s still one that will keep you on your toes on a regular basis. It’s definitely not a glamorous job, but there is potential to earn around $60,000 in just a few months if all goes well on an outing.
Crime Scene Cleaner
If you spent a good amount of time in a fraternity, then cleaning up a crime scene should be a piece of cake. Really though, if you have a strong stomach and don’t mind blood or decomposing bodies, then look into becoming a crime scene cleaner. After a violent crime occurs, it’s the job of the crime-scene cleaner to come in and remove any sign of what happened and any biohazards that may have resulted from the incident. You can expect to make around $37,000 in your first year, but up to six figures as you move up the ranks.
While we're discussing dead bodies: if you don’t mind being around them, then consider embalming as a potential future occupation. This job requires sanitizing dead bodies and then injecting them with embalming chemicals to keep them from decomposing long enough for any necessary public display. The average embalmer makes close to $45,000 per year, which is pretty good considering you don’t have to spend any of that money on clothes to impress people at work.
Maybe you want to live like the rich and famous do right out of the gate, but you don’t exactly have the means to do so. Look into the wonderful world of luxury house sitting. Ridiculously rich people can’t always be at home when they have all that money to travel the world. That’s where you come in. A luxury house sitter stays in the home while the owners are away and maintains its upkeep. Once you build up a respectable reputation as a luxury house sitter, you can earn as much as $200 a week, which isn’t all that much on its own, but you get free room and board in an incredible home. Not a bad tradeoff.
Think about how many companies need instruction manuals for their products. If you half-assed your way through college, but for some reason always excelled in writing, this might be a cool way for you to work from home. While creating instruction manuals isn’t exactly the most thrilling job in the world, if you can freelance for a number of companies, it will pay off. Technical writing is one of the only jobs other than stripping that you can do in your underwear and make an average of $65,000.
You managed to get a degree even though 76 percent of your college experience involved watching reruns of "Family Guy." Well, why stop watching all that television when you can become a professional TV watcher? Although competitive, certain production-assistant jobs for clip shows require a serious amount of channel surfing. If your typing skills are above average, you can caption television shows for the hearing impaired. Salaries start around $25,000 and go up from there.
If people told you in school that you had a voice for radio, it either meant you’re ugly or you actually do have a voice for radio. Voice acting can be as competitive as on-camera acting, but if you can get work regularly, it can really pay off. A lot of voice acting only requires a few hours of work a week and salaries can get into six figures easily. People who do voiceovers for movie trailers regularly can earn over a million dollars. And if you end up voice acting on a hit cartoon like "The Simpsons," your salary can approach seven or eight figures.
If you knew as a kid that you could someday grow up and test waterslides for a living, would you have even bothered with school? A man named Tommy Lynch gets to live every kid’s dream. Lynch works for First Choice, the U.K.’s leading leisure travel company. His job is to travel all over the world to test waterslides at various locations height, speed, water quantity, and safety. He has traveled and tested waterslides in Greece, Ibiza, Florida, Turkey, and a number of other locations. How’s that desk job treating you right about now?
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Professional Prostitute Tester
Most likely this job doesn’t actually exist, but we wish so much that it did, we’ve included it on the list anyway. You will probably have to go overseas for a gig like this one. Reportedly, a DJ from South America named Jaime Rascone actually has this job. His title at Fiorella Companions, a brothel in Chile, is Quality Control. After potential escort candidates are narrowed down with interviews, psychological tests, and photo shoots, it is Rascone’s job to have sex with them and take detailed notes on each one. It’s your call if you want to take off to a foreign land and find out if this job really exists, but if you find that it does, please let us know immediately.