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6 Jobs That You May Not Have Known Existed

Deep down inside of us, there’s a yearning to do something meaningful that not only helps other people but also makes us feel happy and alive. And while you may spend hours of your time pecking away at a keyboard in a cubicle, daydreaming of becoming an influential celebrity or world leader, chances are you aren’t the next Miley Cyrus or Barrack Obama. But what if there was another job out there that could make you happy?

Six Jobs You Don’t Hear Much About

It’s easy to believe that you have to accept a traditional job as a businessperson, banker, teacher, police officer, etc. While there’s nothing wrong with these careers – in fact, there’s much to be lauded – not all of us are cut out for mainstream professions. Instead, you may want something a bit more unique. Well, we can bet you didn’t know these jobs existed.

  1. Blimp Pilot

We’ve all seen those massive blimps flying high above sports stadiums and other events, but have you ever wondered who’s in control? A blimp pilot, of course! And while there isn’t a ton of demand for blimp pilots, it’s a very real occupation.

“To be a blimp pilot you first need a private pilot’s license which involves up to 70 flying hours,” blimp pilot Mark Finney points out. “You then need to get a commercial pilot’s license, either fixed wing or helicopter. For this you need to be 18, have passed a stringent medical, be able to speak English and then do a training course which involves up to 200 flying hours.” You then need between 100 and 120 hours of blimp-specific training.

  1. Professional Snuggler

Are you a fan of snuggling, spooning, and holding people close? You may be able to make a few bucks off of your passion for human touch. In a handful of cities around the world – including Madison, Wisconsin of all places – there are professional snugglers who provide “intimate touch therapy” to help reduce clients’ stress levels. Their goal is to prove that non-sexual touch can be an excellent source of stress relief.

According to the manager of the Snuggle House in Madison, “Even just a hug for a couple of seconds can release the oxytocin in your body, in your brain, which has powerful effects to reduce stress.”

  1. Traveling Fine Art Auctioneer

A lot of people are looking for a job that allows them to travel the world while doing something enjoyable. If that resonates with you, then you may want to look into becoming a traveling fine art auctioneer.

Park West Gallery, one of the largest art dealers in the world, offers positions aboard its cruise ships. What’s it like to live and work onboard a cruise ship auctioning off fine art? “Visit exotic ports of call, enjoy cruise ship amenities, and develop an expertise in art. Make new friends and establish lifelong connections all over the world,” Park West Gallery explains.

  1. Gumologist

Like gum? Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? Okay, you don’t have to be able to do the latter, but gum enthusiasts may be excited to learn that there’s such a thing as a “gumologist.”

“Everyone wants my job,” says Sue McNamara, a gum taster at Cadbury Schweppes Science and Technology Center. “I have lawyer friends who tell me they want my job, and I’m definitely the most popular mom in the neighborhood.”

See, gum may seem like a frivolous item you throw in your basket while waiting in the supermarket checkout line, but there’s actually a lot that goes into developing a tasty stick of chewing gum. The average piece of gum has as many as 70 different ingredients and a handful of unique flavors. Gumologists must be able to succinctly convey their findings so that the manufacturers can tweak accordingly.

  1. Personal Shopper

Do you love shopping? Could you spend hours each day sifting through clothing racks or walking down supermarket aisles? Well, you may have a future as a personal shopper.

“To be a personal shopper, you have to be able to shop until you drop and then get up and keep shopping,” Fox Business explains. “There is no formal schooling required to be a personal shopper, although a background as a retail sales associate may be helpful. Energy, enthusiasm and patience will serve a personal shopper well.”

Becoming a personal shopper is all about connections. You aren’t necessarily going to see a bunch of listings online. These jobs tend to be offered and accepted via word of mouth. Let it be known that you love shopping, and who knows, maybe you can make it a profession?

  1. Professional Gamer

If video games are your thing, the future may be bright. While spending hours a day playing video games was considered taboo or lazy years ago, recent developments and the popularization of e-sports leagues means there’s actually a market for your skills and interests.

It’s not exactly the most glamorous job – and it requires a lot of time and repetition – but with massive competitions at events like Major League Gaming and Intel Extreme Masters, some professionals are making millions of dollars per year.

Find a Job That Makes You Happy

At the end of the day, you need to find a job that makes you happy. If the nine-to-five grind and a stable 401(k) don’t sound like your cup of tea, then try to find something a bit more unique – like one of these six professions.