Ever wonder what it feels like to have that dream job you've always wanted? If that job is a travel writer, video game tester, competitive eater or food development tester, then it might be easier to live your dream than you think.

SEE: 6 Extreme Ways To Land Your Dream Job.
Travel Writer
Travel writers are passionate about traveling. They love going to new locations around the globe and writing thorough and detailed descriptions about the places they visit. This job doesn't require any specific education or experience but it does help to have great writing skills. Travel publications pay writers to visit various destinations and write articles about these places.

The writer's pay includes travel and food costs plus hotel stay. The key to succeed in this business is to sharpen your skills by writing daily. You also need to be observant and detail-oriented when describing different kinds of scenery and conducting research. How much a travel writer can make really depends on the effort and time they put into their profession. Professional travel writers usually make an annual salary of around $35,000 to $65,000.

Video Game Tester
These folks are crucial to game development. They test how a game works to ensure that game players have a good experience. Testers conduct video game quality assurance, and find problems such as bugs, errors or any other issues. Although it sounds like the kind of job where you would be sitting on a couch and "playing" different games for hours, it's not all fun and games. This job requires discipline to test the product and not just get a good score. Testers can work 60, 80 or even 100 hours, in the final week of development.

Furthermore, testers need to be computer savvy, pay attention to detail, and have great controller skills and hand-eye coordination. Entry level pay varies by company, but is usually around $10 to $12 per hour. (For more information, check out You Get Paid For That?!)

Competitive Eaters
Getting paid to eat sounds like a wonderful way to make a living. That said, competitive eaters put a lot of effort into what they do. The job can be stressful and is not for everybody. Typically, professional eaters compete to see who can eat the most food in the least amount of time. However, for most people, this type of job is no cakewalk. Does eating 59 hot dogs in 10 minutes sound appealing to you? For some people, it's a great way to make a living, but personally, I don't think my stomach can handle that much food in one sitting!

The International Federation of Competitive Eating is the organization that officially oversees the rules and procedures for all professional eating contests. Competitive eaters attend competitions for all kinds of food. However, competitive eaters are probably best known for hot dog eating contests such as the Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs Fourth of July competition. They may also competitively eat pies, ravioli, hamburgers, chicken wings, grilled cheese sandwiches and a variety of other foods. Winners are awarded a monetary prize of several hundred or thousands of dollars, but sometimes they only get a title.

Food Taster/Taste Tester
Food tasters or food development testers don't have to wolf down tons of food in a matter of minutes, but they do eat and get paid for it. These individuals are responsible for coming up with new product ideas and ensuring that the food products of the company they work for stays ahead of the competition.

These "taste testers" makes sure that a company's food product meets certain standards of quality and stays true to original recipes. They test the color, taste, texture, smell and ingredient distribution, and record or compile test results using graphs, charts or reports. Testers also compute moisture or salt content and percentages of ingredients by using mathematical and chemical procedures. Median annual wage for this job is about $35,000. (To learn more, read 5 Careers That Let You Work Longer.)

The Bottom Line
Do you have the skills, knowledge, confidence and passion to turn your hobby into a successful career? If so, do your research and get started on achieving that goal. Then the next time someone tells you that you're wasting time playing video games, you can say that you're just preparing for your next job.

Related Articles
  1. Budgeting

    Got a Raise? 7 Smart Things to Do With It

    If you get a raise and spend all of it each month, from a wealth-building perspective you didn’t get a raise at all. Make that extra money work for you.
  2. Personal Finance

    Salary Negotiation Strategies That Can Backfire

    While you want the best salary you can get, failing to understand when, how, and why to negotiate may lead to undesirable results.
  3. Professionals

    Career Advice: Financial Analyst Vs. Business Analyst

    Understand the key distinctions between a financial analyst and a business analyst, and learn what each career offers in terms of starting pay and job outlook.
  4. Professionals

    Internal Advisor Consultant: Job Description & Average Salary

    Learn about the internal advisor consultant position and the national average salary as well as the key skills, education and experience needed.
  5. Professionals

    Accounting Research Manager: Job Description & Average Salary

    Learn about the average salary of an accounting research manager as well as the necessary skills, experience and education, and licenses to hold this position.
  6. Professionals

    Data Integrity Analyst: Job Description & Average Salary

    Learn about the average salary of a data integrity analyst and the required skills, education and previous experience needed to fill this role.
  7. Professionals

    How To Hire and Retain An Overqualified Candidate

    Understand how to hire and retain overqualified candidates by proactively seeking them out, discerning their motivations and then offering what they want.
  8. Personal Finance

    10 Reasons It Is Time to Look for a New Job

    Learn 10 good reasons for switching jobs, such as major life changes, ethical concerns, job description creep and upwards mobility.
  9. Taxes

    Payroll Taxes: Picking Apart Your Paycheck

    Here's what gets deducted from your pay, what your employer pays and where your payroll taxes actually end up.
  10. Professionals

    5 Things to Request If You Can't Get a Raise

    The job market is improving, but many companies are still running on tight budgets which means no raises. But there are other forms of compensation.
RELATED FAQS
  1. How does a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) affect my salary?

    Some companies build salary adjustments into their compensation structures to offset the effects of inflation on their employees. ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Does working capital include salaries?

    A company accrues unpaid salaries on its balance sheet as part of accounts payable, which is a current liability account, ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Do financial advisors need to meet quotas?

    Most financial advisors are required to meet quotas, particularly if they work for firms that pay base salaries or draws ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What is the difference between AGI (adjusted gross income) and gross income?

    In the United States, individuals pay taxes based on their adjusted gross income, or AGI, rather than their gross income. ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How is marginal propensity to save calculated?

    Marginal propensity to save is used in Keynesian macroeconomics to quantify the relationship between changes in income and ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How can minimum wages contribute to a market failure?

    The minimum wage acts like a price floor on labor, reducing the supply of jobs available to a level below the market-clearing ... Read Full Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Inverted Yield Curve

    An interest rate environment in which long-term debt instruments have a lower yield than short-term debt instruments of the ...
  2. Socially Responsible Investment - SRI

    An investment that is considered socially responsible because of the nature of the business the company conducts. Common ...
  3. Presidential Election Cycle (Theory)

    A theory developed by Yale Hirsch that states that U.S. stock markets are weakest in the year following the election of a ...
  4. Super Bowl Indicator

    An indicator based on the belief that a Super Bowl win for a team from the old AFL (AFC division) foretells a decline in ...
  5. Flight To Quality

    The action of investors moving their capital away from riskier investments to the safest possible investment vehicles. This ...
Trading Center