6 Unusual Dream Jobs You Can Actually Get Paid For

Whoever said you can’t have a dream job without dream pay was lying.

From hugging cute pandas to plunging down water slides, there are various unique occupations that — without a doubt — pay off.

Check out the list below to find out six of the world’s coolest jobs that people actually get paid for.

  • 1. Panda caretaker


    Have you always wanted to get paid to cuddle with a panda? Get that application ready, because your dream job is hiring.

    The China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Ya’an, Sichuan province in China is now accepting applications for panda caretakers until July 15, according to China Daily. Along with an annual salary of $32,000, the job comes with free meals, transit and accommodations.

    “Your work has only one mission,” organizers said. “Spending 365 days with the pandas and sharing in their joys and sorrows.” Sounds good to us.

    The most adorable job ever comes with some requirements: Applicants must be at least 22 years old, and have good writing and photography skills, a basic knowledge of pandas, and a desire to protect them.

    Image: Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Commons
  • 2. Water slide tester


    Hurtling down water slides while having all your travel expenses paid for sounds too good to be true. But Last year, 22-year-old Seb Smith was selected out of 2,000 applicants to be a water slide tester for First Choice Holidays’ resorts.

    His responsibilities included zipping down water chutes around the world and testing them for future vacationers. He assessed the water slides’ features, such as “adrenaline factor” and “biggest splash.”

    The job came with a salary of about $30,904, paid travel expenses and a seven-day vacation for two at any of the operation’s resorts after his six-month contract.

    Image: Flickr, shankbone
  • 3. Fake executive


    Attention white men in suits: You are eligible to be a fake executive. As bizarre as it sounds, Western-looking men can get paid to pretend to work in China.

    Certain Chinese companies have been known to hire Westerners to pose as executives, because it makes the company appear well-connected internationally and credible in the business world.

    Mitch Moxley, a Canadian journalist, was hired by a Chinese company to be a part of a group posing as quality-control experts. He was recruited by a friend of a friend, but said these kinds of jobs can be found in local classified ads.

    Image: Flickr, reynermedia
  • 4. Luxury bed tester


    Earning cash to catch some Zs seems unrealistic – until you hear about this summer gig.

    In 2009, college student Roisin Madigan was paid approximately $1,600 to be a bed tester for the luxury bed specialist Simon Horn Ltd. She slept in top-of-the-line beds every day for one month and blogged about her experiences.

    Simon Horn Ltd.’s general manager told The Telegraph Madigan was hired to participate in a sleep survey so she could provide the company with an objective perspective on the products, and with information on what it takes to achieve a good night’s sleep.

    Image: Flickr, hickey-fry
  • 5. Google tricycle mapper


    Imagine yourself sightseeing across the globe while rolling around walkways in a Google tricycle. You’d have the opportunity to see the world, work for one of the most attractive employers in the world and get a good leg workout. Not too shabby.

    To capture difficult-to-reach areas of the world for Google Street View, Google’s strategy was to create human-powered trikes attached to a generator and a pole of nine cameras.

    But of course, not everyone can be qualified to be a Google trike mapper. Since the nine-foot trike weighs about 250 pounds, Google tends to hire athletes to pedal its mechanical masterpieces.

    Image: Flickr, Bytemarks
  • 6. Chocolate taster


    Snacking on chocolate for a living is one sweet deal for Willy Wonka wannabes.

    Jennifer Koen, a former director of innovations at Godiva Chocolatier, was trained to inspect chocolates for aesthetic appeal, smell and taste. She explained to Fox News how the job requires you to use all your senses so you can fully understand the chocolate’s complexity.

    Most professional tasters work in food science or product development and can either be entry-level employees earning between $30,000 and $60,000, or senior executives with six-figure salaries.

    Image: Flickr, evert-jan

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