Who says working a 9-to-5 job has to be a drag? Turning your biggest passion or a fun pastime into a career can make you start loving your life during the week rather than merely living for the weekend. And you’d be surprised by how many pleasurable activities in life can be turned into professions. Here are six unique passions you can turn into a career — and how to do it.
1. For the one who values sleep above all else: Professional sleeper
If you love snoozing more than most other things in life, being a professional sleeper probably sounds like your dream career.
Job Description: A professional sleeper is just what it sounds like — you get paid to sleep. Professional sleepers are employed for a variety of reasons. Some are hired by scientists and sleep research facilities for the purpose of analyzing a person’s sleep patterns to learn more about sleep itself and what goes on in the human brain during it. Others are hired by manufacturers to test the effectiveness of various sleep-related products — mattresses, pillows, room lighting and, in some cases, new sleeping pills.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
The ability to sleep in new surroundings away from home for long periods of time
The ability to sleep with potential wires attached to you, knowing that people are watching you
Being overall fit and healthy
The ability to write compelling and interesting reports about your quality of sleep at any given time
Good observational skills
Not bothered by spending a lot of time secluded from others
Great communication and interpersonal skills
Pay: On average, $66,000 a year. But it could be more or less than that, depending on the company that hires you, the location of your job and your previous experience.