You take a look at the jobs on this list (when you’re supposed to be working, of course) and realize that there are actually people employed in every one of these eat-your-heart-out jobs. Stuck in your cubicle eight hours a day, five days a week, doing the most boring job in the world ever. I know what you’re thinking: “lucky b*stards”.
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1. Mystery Shopper
Do you want to get paid to shop?
Mystery shopping might just be the career for you, then! A mystery shopper is hired by a company seeking feedback on its services, employees, products, and in-house shopping experience. The mystery shopper is a normal person who goes undercover and visits shops, restaurants, hotels, you name it. They typically perform tasks like purchasing a product, making a complaint, asking questions or behaving in a certain way (think ‘annoying customer from hell’). Once the task is completed, the mystery shopper reports back to the company with their feedback. The company usually reimburses the mystery shopper’s expenses (who often get to keep the purchased products) and get paid a little something more for their services.
A word of caution, though: beware of Internet scams!
2. Product Tester
Thousands of companies across the world are turning to product testers to, well, do just that: test their products that have yet to be commercially released. This includes apparel, gadgets, anything really – even online products.
Product testers can work specifically for a company and on their premises, and can earn an average $30,000 per year, according to CareerBliss. Other companies, however, like Nike and L’Oréal, turn to your Average Joe and Plain Jane to test their products. While you don’t always get to keep the products you’ve tried and tested, most companies reimburse their product testers for any return shipping costs and pay them anything from $5 to $200 for testing their product.
3. Videogame Tester
Similar to product testers, the role of videogame tester is basically the job every geek at Comic-Con would die for.
A videogame testers’ starting salary is about $16,000 per year, according to Game Industry Career Guide, and eventually start earning $58,000 after six years in the profession. We don’t need to elaborate on what the job entails other than you get paid to play videogames all day. And your Ma said videogames will get you nowhere in life – pft.
4. Voiceover Artist
If you have a unique and distinctive voice, you could end up recording voiceovers for more than 5,000 movie trailers in addition to thousands of videogame trailers and TV commercials just like the late Don LaFontaine.
However, you don’t necessarily need a voice like LaFontaine’s to succeed as a voiceover artist. Voiceovers are not limited to trailers, commercials and promotions; you can even record voiceovers for translated and dubbed movies and, more commonly, Latin American telenovelas.
You will usually need to enroll in a voiceover artist course, and competition is fierce. However, if you succeed in becoming a voiceover artist, you may be looking at an average annual salary of $40,000.
5. LEGO Designer
This is probably my favorite on the list, and I’m sure many of you feel the same when I say: I want this job!
LEGO, which is the world’s largest toymaker, promotes creativity, helps develop problem-solving skills and offers a non-exhaustive list of other educational and developmental benefits through the use of its bricks in playing and creating. It makes learning fun and enjoyable, according to Outside the Brick, and plenty of scientific research backs it all up. While it is probably the coolest profession – ever! – it can be quite stressful, especially when you need to compete for the LEGO designer job in a room with 20 other candidates in front of a panel of senior designers.
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