Let's face it, most of our jobs are fairly boring, requiring us to sit behind a desk and stare at a computer screen all day long. The most exciting part of the day is making coffee in a mug with your name on it. But things don't have to be that way. Here are some interesting options to consider:
The flavour in your minty fresh gum wearing off too soon? Blame this guy. Usually reserved for someone with a chemical engineering background, the bubble blowing gumologist has to ensure a piece of gum has just the right combination of flavour, sweetness and tartness.
2. Beer taster
The popularity of craft beer has turned us all into hops-pops experts, but breweries actually employ technologists to check the quality of their tipple before dispensing it to your favourite watering hole.
3. LEGO sculptor
Whoever thought you could get paid for building LEGO sets? The company employs up to 30 certified professional builders to build models and create sets. Due to tight budgets and thematic constraints, it's actually quite a tough job, and getting into it is even tougher.
4. Waterslide tester
As fun as they are, theme park water slides can potentially be quite dangerous. For this reason parks employ risk-takers to slip and slide their way down slides all day, testing for things such as speed, height, landing and water quantity. Fun.
5. Airplane repossessor
Times are tough and even dictators with private armies sometimes fall behind on payments. That's where this guy comes in, repossessing defaulted planes on behalf of banks, while literally risking life and limb. Considering the price of an average aircraft and a generous commission structure, it might be worth the risk.
6. Gross stunt tester
You see people eat goat eyeballs, bull testicles and all sorts of stomach-churning delicacies on reality TV series, but someone has to ensure these are actually safe to eat. With stomachs made of iron, these gracious people ensure contestants gag, but don't croak.
7. Luxury home sitter
Ever dreamed of vegging on a couch in your underwear all day? Then this job is for you. For a relatively small fee, luxury home sitters look after the mansions of the super rich while they're on vacation.
8. Sex toy tester
Everyone enjoys a good, hearty solo orgasm, and believe it or not, you can actually get paid for getting yourself off. Sex toy manufacturers employ these testers to test their products' functions. It's not for everyone though, as even the most chronic masturbator can have their off days.
9. Septic Tank Diver
For those into diving, this might be an option. Septic tank divers swim around in warm, dark and potentially lethal human muck repairing, maintaining and cleaning septic tanks and sewer pipes. No wonder it's been voted as one of the worst jobs in the world.
10. Professional monkey chaser
Luxury hotels in India and parts of the Americas struggle to maintain a healthy human/monkey relationships. When the little hairy primates start getting a little out of hand, who're they gonna call? Professional monkey chasers, of course!