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The World's Best Jobs: Mostly Real Jobs that You Probably Can't Get (But Try Anyway!)

Updated on October 28, 2012

Here is my collection of the greatest jobs in the world. No, these are not careers that thousands of people can obtain. You cannot study or work your way into these jobs. In fact, the only way that you can get these jobs is through networking (and even that is no guarantee).

If you are looking for a list of jobs that you can get, this is not the place for you. However, if you would like to examine some of the great, random, and epic jobs that other people have, keep reading.

This list is one of (mostly) real jobs with some creative liberty on my part. Although the specific jobs I am listing are doubtfully available to you, maybe they will give you the hope you need to keep seeking out your dream occupation. Who knows, maybe it's closer than you anticipate.

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Kate Middleton, the current Duchess of Cambridge, in Ottawa for Canada Day in 2011.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day. This wedding gave hope to little girls everywhere who have always dreamed of becoming a princess.
Kate Middleton, the current Duchess of Cambridge, in Ottawa for Canada Day in 2011.
Kate Middleton, the current Duchess of Cambridge, in Ottawa for Canada Day in 2011. | Source
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day. This wedding gave hope to little girls everywhere who have always dreamed of becoming a princess.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day. This wedding gave hope to little girls everywhere who have always dreamed of becoming a princess. | Source

Job One: Become Royalty

Running a country is no easy task. However, thanks to modern legislation, if you are royalty you really do not have to run a nation at all! A prime minister does that. All you have to do is look good, develop your manners, and put up with being the focus of every tabloid on the planet.

How to Get the Job

There are really only two chances that someone has at becoming a prince or princess. You either have to be born into it (that statistics are about 1 out of every 3 billion), or you have win the heart of someone who has been born into it.

For the last several years, the plausibility of this happening has increased in the world's eye because of the marriage of Kate Middleton (a commoner) to Prince William (the likely future king of England). Of course, the odds of anyone else becoming a queen have dropped dramatically with the marriage of William and Kate. However, I suppose it is still not impossible.

What the Job Entails

As mentioned above, royalty really does not do much these days. They are more like celebrities who cannot act, play sports, or win popular votes in a public election. But there are still some responsibilities that do come with the position.

If you happen to be fortunate enough to be either born or married into royalty, the chances are that you will have to do the following:

  • Play polo
  • Talk to important people
  • Be in the tabloids constantly
  • Dress fashionably (you will start your own fashions)
  • Develop a strong neck (to support the heavy crown you'll be wearing)
  • Air every one of your weddings on international television

If those job responsibilities sound bearable to you, and you are not already royalty, then go out there and marry someone!

By the way, if the title is more important to you than the actual wealth, you have far more options than you originally anticipated - simply include island kings and tribal chiefs into your potential marriage candidates (found prominently throughout the Pacific, South America, and Africa).

The dream job: writing Taco Bell hot sauce slogans.
The dream job: writing Taco Bell hot sauce slogans. | Source

Job Two: Write Sayings for Taco Bell Hot Sauce Packets

I have envied the man in this position for many years (and yes, if you spend some time reading the packets, you can tell that they are certainly written by a man).

Imagine waking up every morning, getting ready for the day, and rushing out the door to make it to the office by 11 am. You then sit on your plush office chair in a room filled with hot sauce packets and start to think.

You sit and think. Sit and think.

Finally, after overwhelming amounts of stress, it hits you!

You send out the following email:

Packet phrases for today are as follows,

  • Mild: "Well hey!"
  • Hot: "Going my way?"
  • Fire: "You can't put me out."

Have a great day and I'll send in more tomorrow,

The Hot Sauce Guy

You then pack up your belongings for lunch, leave the office at 12 pm on the nose after a hard day at work, and rest up for work tomorrow at 11 am again.

How to Get the Job

Ultimately, anyone could start writing slogans for hot sauce packets. This is not challenging. The challenging part is getting paid to do it. Chances are, you will need to be a distant relative of the Taco Bell CEO to end up in this position. Therefore, once more, it is who you know, not what you know, that will ensure your ability to obtain this highly sought-after position.

What the Job Entails

Okay, so you end up fortunate enough to acquire this position, what can you expect to do?

Although I am sure the job requires far more, I like to think of this position as being purely about creating the new slogans that come out every couple of months. If this is the case, then, well, I doubt I have to say much more to you about what the job requirements are - show up, write the phrases, and go home!

Hamilton Island - the location of the $100,000 blog job.
Hamilton Island - the location of the $100,000 blog job. | Source
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The location where Ben Southall was able to earn $100,000, complimentary housing in a $4 million villa, and free airfare from Briton.

Job Three: Snorkel on a Tropical Island

What if your sole responsibility every day was to wake up, spend all day swimming, hiking, boating, playing, and taking pictures, and then compile a blog about it afterwards? Would you call that the dream job?

Many people did back in 2009 when the tourism board of Queensland, Australia, offered to pay one lucky blogger $100,000 to enjoy Hamilton Island and writer about it for 6 months. That's right, Ben Southall from Briton enjoyed 6 months traveling around tropical islands through the Great Barrier Reef and coming back to his $4 million villa every evening to write about his experiences before going to bed.

Not too shabby of a job if you ask me.

How to Get the Job

Sadly, it's not every day that a company makes a $100,000 offer to a writer for a 6-month contract. Because it is doubtful that Australia would ever pay someone to do the exact same thing again, it is doubtful that you will be able to get this exact job unless your name is Ben and you have already done it.

For everyone else, it ultimately means keeping your eyes open so that you can catch the next similar such job (which may appear sometime in the next 20 years) and be sure to grab it. In the mean time, begin practicing your writing, movie making, and foreign language speaking. After all, you never know what the requirements to apply will be.

What the Job Entails

For Ben Southall, it meant waking up every morning and visiting another one of the 300 islands in the area. While diving, jet-skiing, or doing some other awesome activity, he had to take videos and make mental notes. At the end of the day he then had to come back and write about the experiences that he had and compile the videos to be posted on the blog.

Ultimately, Ben's job took a lot of work. Although he says he certainly enjoyed the many experiences he had, it was no walk in the park.

If you are interested in potentially getting the next job, expect to be worked incredibly hard. While people will want to give the impression that you are simply enjoying life, you will certainly be expected to work for your money. Therefore, get in the habit of writing frequently (maybe here on HubPages), perfect your moving making skills, and prepare for an epic adventure!

Michael Buffer, the trademark owner of the phrase "Let's Get Ready to Rumble!"
Michael Buffer, the trademark owner of the phrase "Let's Get Ready to Rumble!" | Source

Job Four: Trademark the Phrase "Let's Get Ready to Rumble"

Many people really have to fight hard to eek out an existence. This is not the case for Michael Buffer, the boxing announcer who trademarked the phrase "Let's get ready to rumble!". Now, every time he says that phrase, he get's paid ridiculous sums of money. In fact, it is estimated that, since he trademarked it in 1992 he has made over $400 million from his trademark.

How to Get the Job

Although Buffer already has this phrase in his back pocket, there are many other phrases that are currently trademark free! Therefore, keep your eyes open for something that you say a lot and start working toward acquiring a trademark for it. Once you have the trademark, no one can use the phrase without your permission! It's not easy to get, but it's well worth it.

I'm currently thinking about trademarking the phrase "I am president of the United States of America". I am pretty confident that this would be a surefire way to make a significant amount of money and perhaps one day become a politician.

What the Job Entails

Really, owning a trademark is no fun because you have to become a jerk. Suddenly, any time that you hear someone saying the phrase that you have trademarked, you have to take legal action against them. This becomes especially negative if the people using your phrase most often are little children - suing a child in court doesn't look good and usually doesn't provide a positive return on investment.

In all reality, the biggest part of the job is simply creating hype behind the phrase. If you develop a phrase that people enjoy using or placing on items, then you can certainly develop a deep pocket book by charging people for the use of the phrase. The two steps needed are to 1) acquire the trademark, and 2) increase demand for the phrase.

Do this, and your life is golden.

Job 5: Be the Star of a Viral Video

Everyone knows who Charlie is (his big brother, however, is still a mystery to me). Both of these young lads became overnight sensations in their father's hit film, "Charlie Bit Me". This YouTube video had the masses laughing, crying, and sharing like there was no tomorrow.

I just looked, and there is now a Charlie Bit Me YouTube channel where videos with the two boys are posted regularly (the one posted a month ago already has 75,000+ views). Before Charlie can even speak, he has become one of the world's biggest celebrities. This is truly a great job and a fantastic way to provide one's children with an opportunity to make it big before they can even speak.

How to Get the Job

While sometimes planned, the greatest viral videos are typically flukes. Unplanned surprises that insight laughter and excitement. Therefore, it is not easy to forcefully become a YouTube celebrity, but it is probably easier than many of the other jobs listed here.

Ultimately, the only person holding you back from acquiring this position is yourself. If you have a funny looking face, a terrible accent, or ridiculous mannerisms, it may be easier for you to become a celebrity than you think. The key is to surprise your audience in some way. Become a celebrity like Charlie, and the world will be at your fingertips.

What the Job Entails

No, it's not an easy job. Firstly, you must be young, stupid, awkward, or all of the above. Someone who regularly stumbles, trips on themselves, or fails to live life normally will have a leg up in this type of career.

Once you have the job, you will be expected to perform frequently. Yes, there is a video of it, but everyone you meet will want a real-life performance. Additionally, if your friend videotaped you and you did not anticipate becoming famous, you will have to deal with the unwanted paparazzi. Becoming a celebrity on your own terms is one thing - being forced into can be a complete nightmare.

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What is Your Dream Career?

Many people may be like me and have a terrible time figuring out what to do with their lives. Hopefully this article helps reveal that there are many different, bizarre, and unique ways to make a living. While the traditional routes are stable, for those who would like a little adventure in life there are many other options.

In fact, we live in a time where it is practically possible to create your own job. If you do not see something that you like here, or anywhere else for that matter, just think about what you would enjoy doing. Now go out and do it (there is bound to be a way!).

If you have a bizarre job, dream job, or imaginary job that you think would be epic, share it below to help inspire others in their hunt for a great occupation.


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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      And thank you for commenting on my article! I look forward to reading more of your work (maybe on a Taco Bell packet or Dove chocolate wrapper)...

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      SarahCroix 5 years ago

      Since I enjoy writing, I would love to write the sayings on the Taco Bell packets or maybe the ones on the Dove chocolate wrappers. :D Thanks for visiting my page!

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Thanks cclitgirl! I am glad that you have enjoyed the article.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Fantastic hub. I enjoyed the videos, too. I'll keep an eye out for that blogger job. :)

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Thank you both for your comments. It is certainly a fun thing to look at - so often we forget that there are literally thousands of different jobs out there. Some crazy, amazing, and ridiculous.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Robert, you certainly have a creative mind. This can be another contender for HOTD! Have a great Halloween day

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Wow, I would like any of these jobs! Wonderfully imaginative and fun hub!

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      I agree with both of you, a viral video would be great to create and certainly possible.

      @BigEd: Yes, I'm sure Flo has a relatively enjoyable life - she just has to pose in the occasional commercial and she is good to go!

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      BigEd5857 5 years ago

      I personally want to produce a viral video. But for an EASY job, how about being Flo, the progressive girl.? I bet her life is really stressful lol.

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      Rhonda Malomet 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Nice to let your imagination run wild. I believe the viral video option is actually within our grasp!