5 Cool Jobs That You've Never Heard Of

Dec 27, 2010

Are you the kind of person who eschews conformity for out-of-the-box thinking? You can extend your preference for the extra-ordinary to your professional life. Learn about 5 careers that can not only be a lot of fun but also pay the bills.

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If you like wine, becoming a viticulturist may be right for you. These professionals are experts in the production of grapes and spend their days in the leafy environs of vineyards throughout the world. Their duties may include monitoring the health of the crop, controlling pests, fertilizing fields and other tasks related to the growing of grapes. Viticulturists' work can also extend beyond the fields; they often work closely with head winemakers, lab technicians and others in a winery to develop tastes for different wine varietals.

Aspiring viticulturists can complete certificate, associate and bachelor's programs to improve their job prospects in the wine industry. These education options may be helpful in securing an entry-level position at vineyards. With experience, professionals may become eligible for management positions.

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Food Scientist

If you've ever had a microwavable meal or another processed food product, you know that convenience often comes at the expense of taste. Food scientists are professionals working to improve your experiences with countless grocery items. Using their knowledge of chemistry, biotechnology and other scientific areas, food scientists essentially serve as lab cooks to develop food products that are not only tasty but also healthy. For example, they may reformulate a recipe to avoid using potentially hazardous chemicals.

Food scientists involved in research or teaching often have advanced degrees in such fields as chemistry, biology and physics. Others in the industry with bachelor's degrees in agricultural or food science may be qualified for entry-level positions.

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Image Consultant

Are you the type of person that's always striving to make a good impression? As an image consultant, you offer advice on clients' clothing and communication styles. Professional training isn't necessarily required, but a few organizations offer educational programs in the field, including the Image Consulting School of the International Success Institute. Consultants who meet education and experience requirements can pursue the Certified Image Professional credential through the Association of Image Consultants International.

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Water Slide Tester

If you're still a kid at heart, a career in water slide testing could be right for you. These professionals test water slides for safety and aerodynamic issues - they also consider each slide's overall fun factor. Water slide testers can work for travel associations or theme parks, and travel may be required. There are no formal education requirements for this career; however, you should know how to swim and handle pressure well.

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Mattress Tester

Ever wished you could get paid to sleep? Some mattress companies pay mattress testers to sleep on their mattresses and provide feedback about their sleeping experiences. Professionals in a mattress manufacturer's testing department may also use high-tech equipment to measure a mattress's firmness, longevity and flammability.

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