August 9, 2010

5 Jobs That Don’t Feel Like Work

James Matthew Barrie said, “Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. ”

Can you imagine the joy of getting up each day and going to work…but it didn’t feel like work?

It felt like an adventure? A fulfillment of your life’s dream? Or just good ol’ fashioned fun?

Even in these tough economic times, it’s possible to really, truly enjoy your work if you follow your heart. That’s why JobMonkey created a whole new section devoted to cool, unique and unusual jobs. These are the jobs that dreams are made of!

With more than two dozen cool jobs to chose from, you are sure to find something that inspires you to want to do that — over anything else. Here are my favorite five from the list:

Tattoo Artist Jobs
I never knew until reading this how intense the training process was to become a tattoo artist. Did you know that the only truly legitimate way to get trained is to work as an apprentice for three years or longer? Of course, if body art is your life’s dream, those three years will probably fly by!

Avalanche Forecasters
Now this is one seriously unusual job! Every day, avalanche forecasters head into the mountains before sunrise to examine the snow pack. They use shovels, probes, rulers, magnifying glasses, thermometers, and their own personal experience. Their results, broadcast on news reports, email lists and radio spots, help skiers, backpackers, and back-road travelers to stay safe.

Magician Jobs
Talk about a magical job, eh?! Not everyone can be Penn or Teller, but even working as a magician for children’s birthday parties can be a great way to earn extra cash. Other potential venues include restaurants, cruise ships, weddings, bars, company events, and traveling fairs. The average pay rate is $500 – $1,000 per performance.

Studio Glass Blower Jobs
Glass blowing has been around for more than 2,000 years, but today the job is categorized as studio arts. Like most struggling artists, glass blowing doesn’t pay a ton. The average is just $25,000 to $37,500 a year.

Snake Milker Jobs
Okay, this is one seriously insane job! Snake milkers ‘milk’ snakes for their poisonous venom. Your fingers are just millimeters away from the deadly fangs of vipers, cobras, rattlesnakes and others. Why do milkers do this death-defying work? Because snake venom is important for science. It is used in antivenoms and other medications, including for stroke patients and those suffering from malignant tumors! That’s right – not only do snake milkers get the rush of a lifetime every time they go to work, they also get the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to save lives!

Do any of these jobs-that-don’t-feel-like-a-job appeal to you? Have they gotten your creative juices flowing, try to figure out how you can work without feeling chained to the job?

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