7 Jobs that Feel More like Fun than Work

7 Jobs that Feel More like Fun than Work

Guidance counselors have long had a career test for students: What would you do all day if money was no option, if you didn’t need to work? And whatever you answer – be it working on a hot rod or baking pies – is supposed to be your career path. Even if you love playing video games, there’s a creative way to make money doing it.

Yet many of us find ourselves on more traditional paths, sitting in offices and dealing with endless Excel documents. Is it possible to leave the monotonous desk job and play all day? CNN/CareerBuilder says yes, with these seven jobs:

1. Pediatric occupational therapist

“The theory behind occupational therapy is improving occupational function. A child’s occupation is play, so all day I use play as a means to get functional progress with kids — and it works,” says Rachel Rudman, a pediatric occupational therapist. So if you like playing with kids, this job is for you – and it pays more than working at a daycare center.

2. Pet photographer

Grace Chon, the owner of Shine Pet Photos in Los Angeles, took her hobby and turned it into a business. She spends all day taking pictures of people’s pets!¬†Besides taking photos for individual clients, Chon also provides snapshots for magazines, books and calendars. It’s a dream job for animal lovers – but I feel like someone should point out that Grace also has to deal with the owners of these pets, who may not so wonderful. And running your own business also involves a lot of paperwork and headaches.

3. Scavenger-hunt organizer

Want to create and organize elaborate scavenger hunts? Try getting a bachelor’s degree in leisure services from Florida State University. It definitely involves a lot of creativity, but again, the headache of working with the kind of people who can afford these luxuries. And I can’t imagine the work is steady.

4. Toy magazine editor

Jim Silver and Chris Byrne are the head-honchos at Time to Play magazine, an online publication that demonstrates and reviews more than 5,000 toys per year. They literally play with toys for a living.¬†“Essentially, our job is to look at and review toys in the marketplace and analyze them in the context of contemporary culture, what consumers are buying and hopefully identify trends,” says Byrne.

5. Video game party host

“The more fun we are having at an event, the more fun the kids and parents have,” says Jim Sheehan, who organizes laser tag, video games, human hamster balls and foam machines for parties and events.

6. Stand-up comedian

“I started in stand-up after carefully evaluating the economics of the business, my skill set, opportunities — OK, it was because of a girl,” says Shaun Eli, a stand-up comedian in New York City. Okay, CareerBuilder. I know stand-up comedians. Very few people can make it a full-time job, and usually it takes years of toiling, playing free gigs, supplementing your income by being a waiter, etc., to make it there. Sure, the material comes from your life – but it’s often a tough life!

7. Playground builder

Carrie Ellis is the director of the project management team for KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving playgrounds. ¬†“I love going to our all-volunteer, done-in-a-day playground builds. Everyone is excited, the music is pumping, we get to wear fun hats — it’s an energy-filled, all-day party,” she says. It’s certainly a cool way to play at work and get out of an office!

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