Job satisfaction means different things to different people, especially in this economy. Job security is almost non-existent and with companies outsourcing, moving overseas or cutting back, the pickings are slim to begin with. Or are they? Just because some companies or professions are thinning the employee pool, it doesn’t mean you’re without options. In fact, you may want to rethink your own definitions of what job satisfaction means and take a closer look at what unique possibilities exist.
If you can find a job that’s fun, it would be a good start. Everyone would like to have a job that’s fun. However, fun doesn’t automatically translate into satisfying. A feeling of achievement and the chance to make some good money are also a bonus. After doing a bit of research, I found the five best jobs around—let’s take a look.
If I were to name some famous actors, you might recognize them—people like Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro or Tom Hanks. But what about Frank Welker? If the name doesn’t ring a bell, you should knowHollywood named him the No. 1 talent credited actor at the box office since 1980. Still pulling a blank? Welker’s 95 feature film credits beat out Tom Hanks who had 44 movie credits, and Samuel L. Jackson who came in a close second with 85 movie credits.
I’ll give you a hint. Frank played Abu and Rajah in Aladdin, George in Curious George, Uni and Tiamat in Dungeons & Dragons and Nibbler in Futurama. He also stars in The Smurfs, The Snorks, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Transformers and The Wild Thornberry’s, just to name a few.
Frank Welker is a voice artist. A talent highly prized by the entertainment industry, which allows him to create cartoon voices like Scooby-Doo or the chilling voice of Megatron in Transformers. Not only does Welker have an abundance of work and the opportunity to interact with famous actors and actresses…he earns a great living without the pressures attached to famous faces. His cost-effective skills are highly sought after and at only 65 years of age; Weller has a long career ahead of him.
How would you like a job that requires you to relocate to a paradise island to swim, sunbathe and explore? Your responsibility is then to write a blog to promote your experience. Sound good? Oh, I forgot to mention that there’s an $111,000 paycheck attached as well.
That’s exactly the job that Ben Southall landed, as the caretaker of an Australian island.HamiltonIslandin theGreat Barrier Reefis his new home for the next six months, forcing him to suffer the hardships of a rent-free three-bedroom villa, complete with a pool. This is all part of an AU$1.7 million campaign focused at tourists, touting the charms ofQueensland. Southall has now become an intricate part of this plan.
Luckily he’ll be able to bring his Canadian girlfriend with him for the duration of his job. Hopefully she can help him endure the harsh living conditions and environment.
You’re required to travel 27,000 miles or more a year, strip down to your shorts on the job site and keep careful notes of how you perform. That’s right, Tommy Lynch tests resort waterslides for a living. At only 29-years-old, Mr. Lynch has traveled to holiday locations inMexico,Algarve,Cyprus,Turkey,Dominican Republic,Egypt, Majorca, Lanzarote and theCosta Del Sol. This year the list grows even bigger.
The job isn’t all fun and games, however. Being a lifestyle product development manager requires Mr. Lynch to make sure the new resorts meet stringent company standards. Luckily, stripping down to his swimsuit and flying through the flumes is a required part of the process.
Surrounded by 450 wineries in the lush environment ofSonomaCounty, off the coast ofCalifornia, there’s a company looking for applicants who understand social media. Facebook, blogs, Twitter, video posting and other traditional media are required skills to land the rent-free job of updating your wine tasting experiences to the social streams of the web.
Did we mention the $10,000 a month paycheck?
That’s exactly what Murphy-Goode wines offered, as an effective PR ploy. Applicants would be required to learn the intricacies of wine making and then share it with the world. The six-month job also required interested parties to send in their application with a one-minute video, showing their potential employers any special skills that may assist them in the job.
I saved the best for last. This job comes attached to great responsibility, where loyalty and courage are paramount to your success. Every day is life threatening, but the reward is glory eternal. You’ll be required to handle various forms of wildlife and engage in mortal combat with the enemy on a daily basis. In fact, you’ll have to engage in mortal combat with the enemy for at least four hours a day. It’s part of the contract.
Thus is the life of a World of Warcraft game tester.
This job is coveted by at least 12 million people, so do you have what it takes? Do you have the skills to farm at least 200 gold per hour? If you can, (and you don’t have any racist tendencies against Gnomes or Dwarves) you just might qualify to be one of Blizzard’s game testers. The key advantage to getting a job here, is speaking another language other than English—Blizzard is always looking for foreign language testers. So if you can get a character up to level in less than 2 weeks and you’re bilingual…you just might be the adventurer they’re looking for. Apply today!