When I was a kid, I wanted to be a weather woman. It was my life dream. That dream transitioned into being a news anchor or talk show host because I didn’t actually love weather as much as my seven-year-old self did. Also, bad weather gives me anxiety so that wouldn’t have worked. Anyway, my dreams changed over the years as I learned what my talents and strengths were. Honestly, being a writer who gets to work on the internet all day is a dream in itself!
But there are some dream jobs out there that I had no idea existed. When I think about things I love doing, I would be thrilled to watch TV all day or play with makeup for my job. (Those things are sort of applicable to my job now, but I’m talking full-time.) Here are some dream jobs that you didn’t know you could have and should probably start training for ASAP:
THIS IS LITERALLY MY DREAM OMG. I am obsessed with pandas. The Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in China was hiring professional panda nannies to hang out with panda cubs. BRB CRYING.
A small Swiss town was on the lookout for a new town hermit to live in a cave that had been inhabited by previous famous hermits. Their hermit wasn't up for the task anymore. The posting stated, "The new hermit should have a religious background, have an idealistic attitude, be willing to speak with the visitors and answer to their questions or give them advice." I don't know if I could live in a cave, but I could get paid to be wise and have people come talk to me.
Holiday Inns in the UK have professional bed warmers to warm guests' beds before they get to their rooms. Bed warmers wear special suits that are basically electric blankets and literally warm the beds. I can't make this up.
This really creeps me out because I don't like cuddling, but professional cuddlers are real. Seriously.
People legit do this for a living! A man named Tommy Lynch travels around resorts testing waterslides. Granted, if the slide isn't safe, it's dangerous, but mostly he just gets to have fun. Would you be up for testing waterslides? I don't know if I could do it.
There are plenty of professional mermaids out there. You can even take mermaid swimming classes where you're trained to swim with a fin. Cool! If you're looking to be a mermaid, there are a few mermaid agencies that may hire you.
Fortune Cookie Writer
I do not know how one obtains this job, but apparently it pays well. You can earn up to over $100K writing fortune cookies. I am wise! I am a writer! I can do fortunes!
A few years ago, a man won a job as an island caretaker. His job was to explore and live on Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef. It was appropriately called "The Best Job In The World."
Ben & Jerry's has taste testers called Flavor Gurus. Seriously, that is their actual job title. And they get to eat ice cream, invent and name flavors all day. Jealous.
Netflix UK/Ireland was hiring professional bingewatchers a little while ago, and I strongly considered dipping out and doing it. I already bingewatch Netflix as it is! They were looking for people to watch shows and give them appropriate tags.