10 Cool Jobs of the Week: Want to Get Paid to Play Video Games?

Some jobs are way cooler than others

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We'd all like to think our jobs are cool. Maybe you work in an office, maybe you're in retail, or maybe you drive a Zamboni for a living, but even a quick scan of the classifieds will make it obvious there are cool jobs...and then there are cool jobs. We've compiled ten of the coolest, wildest, and downright strangest of them here. Sorry, Zamboni drivers of the world. We still love you.

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1. Senior Food Scientist

What it is: If you're a Breaking Bad fan, you might remember the episode where a team of German engineers soberly presents its findings in the competitive field of fast food condiments. If you're just as serious about sweet-and-sour sauce, you just might have the makings of a food scientist. This listing includes key responsibilities like product formulation and the testing of alternative ingredients, so keep your goggles handy. It also requires 10+ years of experience, "preferably in the development and processing of tomatoes and tomato-based products." So be careful: you don't want to get pigeonholed as a tomato guy.

Who it's for: Kitchen chemists, Good Eats enthusiasts

> Apply for a job as a senior food scientist
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2. SEAL Guide

What it is: If you live in San Diego, you might recognize the SEAL boat: a blue, wedge-shaped bus-boat hybrid, emblazoned with a cartoon seal and populated by a hoard of smiling, waving families. The SEAL tour covers some of San Diego's most famous sights, culminating with the expected seals, sea lions, and cormorants of San Diego Bay. The SEAL Guide is someone who can keep a crowd relaxed and entertained, all while operating a "moving amphibious vehicle." Think about how much cooler your own job would be if you got to do it in something described as a "moving amphibious vehicle." Just look out for the pelicans--they get mad when they're hungry.

Who it's for: Pirates, boat pilots

> Apply for a job as a SEAL Guide
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3. Motorcycle Instructor

What it is: Remember that bit about how there's nothing cooler than a "moving amphibious vehicle?" Well, we take it back. When you're measuring relative vehicular coolness, nothing beats motorcycles. Delaware's Division of Motor Vehicles is seeking an instructor to conduct classroom sessions, evaluate rider performance, and "supervise range sessions." What? There are motorcycle ranges? Sign us up!

Who it's for: Easy riders, Sons of Anarchy extras

> Apply for a job as a motorcycle instructor
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4. Asian Elephant Veterinarian (Internship)

What it is: Everyone likes an elephant. They're like the Beyoncés of the animal world--no one ever has a single bad thing to say about them. But in Laos, the "Land of a Million Elephants," they're considered work animals, and breeding rates are dwindling as a result amidst poor treatment and bad conditions. Students in this specialized course will work closely with elephants suffering from injuries and infectious diseases, and emerge equipped to help reverse the fate of one of Laos's cultural treasures.

Who it's for: Anyone who cries watching Dumbo

> Apply for a job as an Asian elephant veterinarian
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5. Mobile Game Tester

What it is: If you're a gamer, you know that most video games, like movies and television, are the product of an intense collaborative process. But who determines whether they're actually fun to play? Enter the game tester, a person whose job, literally, is to sit around playing video games all day. You'll test for bugs and defects, and provide valuable feedback up through the final ship date. It's a mobile gaming position, so you can take your work outside if you get antsy sitting in front of a screen all day.

Who it's for: Armchair critics, Candy Crush champions

> Apply for a job as a mobile game tester
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6. Remote Pilot Operator

What it is: Speaking of video games, did you ever play those old-school flight simulators when you were growing up? The kind where your keyboard corresponds to the control panel of an actual aircraft, and you have to wildly mash buttons just to get the thing off the ground? If you displayed more skill at these than we ever did, you might want to seek work as a remote pilot operator. As the point person for an air traffic control program, you'll digitally simulate real in-flight scenarios for your students, and assess them as they react on the fly...literally.

Who it's for: Airheads and other flighty individuals

> Apply for a job as a remote pilot operator
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7. Sensory Analysis Specialist

What it is: As the title suggests, sensory analysts are concerned with how we're affected by external stimuli, but this particular job is specifically focused on how we react to food. There's much more to food than taste alone, and this position requires a specialist who's equally attuned to mouth feel, odor, and appearance. You'll be analyzing human subjects as they test a range of "meat snack"-type products, and reporting your findings with the expected scientific exactitude. Must be comfortable working in close proximity to jerky.

Who it's for: Scientists with a savory streak

> Apply for a job as a sensory analysis specialist
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8. Import and Craft Trade Brewer

What it is: File this one under the "delicious vices" column. MillerCoors, one of the world's most successful brewers, is seeking a beer expert to educate employees and support brew masters (which are kind of like wizards of beer). Anyone who's ever been to a brewery knows there's a lot more to making beer than tossing a bunch of ingredients into a vat, and this position requires the care, attention, and deep yeast-related knowledge that is crucial for brewing jobs. Seriously: you need to be really into yeast to succeed at this one.

Who it's for: Hopheads who can operate a forklift

> Apply for a job as an import and craft trade brewer
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9. Sleep Technologist

What it is: Sleep technologists are health professionals who evaluate and treat patients suffering from sleep disorders. Sound dull to you? It's not. You may be watching someone sleep, but truly monitoring them means running a polysomnogram, documenting physiological events, and acting fast in the event of seizure or sleep apnea. Sleep technologists may not have gotten a lot of screen time on E.R., but that doesn't mean their occupation lacks drama. On the contrary; the listing warns that applicants "may be subject to stressful clinical situations."

Who it's for: Night owls with a medical degree

> Apply for a job as a sleep technologist
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10. Mining Engineer

What it is: Tell someone you're a coal miner, and they'll probably imagine a downtrodden, heavily smudged individual, grimacing as they descend into the earth by elevator. Tell someone you're a mining engineer, and they're more likely to picture you as an excited kid with an Erector set. In this position, you're won't be working in mines, but rather designing them. It's an architect-like role, where you'll be responsible for gas wells, proper ventilation, and creating your own vast underground kingdom. Also, free headlamps.

Who it's for: LEGO geniuses, hobbits

> Apply for a job as a mining engineer

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Paruzo Scuzzi

want to play a game for free and also make real money with this? more details here. thank you. http://paidtoplaygame.webs.com/

May 23 2014 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
loser1leo

Cant comment out of my scope.

February 13 2014 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
welcome timothy

I thought pediatric sleep research was fun for a while, but it didn't pay much and it required 4 years medical school 4 years residency and 2 years fellowship, and really not earning a dime the whole 10 years, but I got my named published, and liked being around kids. However I wouldn't suggest it for anyone who needs that silly thing called money.

February 13 2014 at 7:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fourprs

My parent's neighbors have everyone beat. They never worked, NEVER! Their rent is paid by Section 8. It comes with Handicap reserved parking. Each gets SSI and food stamps. Their free Obama phones are used only when ordering take-out. As we speak they are vacationing in Orlando to escape the cold weather back home. Now that's a job!

February 13 2014 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Linda

sound like losers

February 13 2014 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leah

if you do not understand how something works, do not blame it on the president because it was actually out before obama was in office. people who get section 8 do not have all their rent paid by section 8. it only pays 80% of it and that 80 is determined by the amount of income they bring in.
being on ssi usually means they are disabled in some way. foodstamps usually means they dont make enough to buy food. JUst because someone is on foodstamps or any kind of assistance, it doesnt mean they are losers or low lifes. stuff happens.

February 14 2014 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MUNDAY72

The Best Jof Ive Seen Is Working At A Sams Club Gas Station.

February 13 2014 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jgrant82866

You forgot "Ice Cream Taste Tester. That has always been my dream job. If only I knew where to sign up!

February 10 2014 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mobiusborgov

Remember boys and girls, no matter how cool you job may or may not be your CEO still make 200 times more money than you do. Have a good day at work today.

February 10 2014 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stacy

I'm wondering who, amongst us readers, actually qualifies for any of these job.....

February 10 2014 at 12:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Brian

Kind of wonder what your resume would look like...

February 10 2014 at 9:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Doc. Lindsey:)

Every job has to be done and of course somebody has to do it! But those are NOT cool jobs to me! Not even close! Now here are a couple COOL jobs...1.) A highly paid platform/motivational speaker speaker! Zig Zigler, Les Brown, Bill Clinton, Tony Robbins etc. etc. 2.) A Limo Driver is a REALLY cool job too! Sofisticated, dress sharp, hang out with cool people having fun! 3.) Salesperson! Sales is one of the coolest careers and virtually ALWAYS available! People tend to be afraid of sales because you get paid for what you are able to accomplish. But for those who have the self confidence, sales can be the ticket to anywhere you want to go, and to anything you want to do! And once again, ihe opportunities are ALWAYS available! Now THOSE are some COOL jobs! H.L.

February 10 2014 at 7:37 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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