Magazine article Talent Development

Jobs We Wish We Had (and Some We Don't): What Some Other People Do for a Living Can Surprise You

Magazine article Talent Development

Jobs We Wish We Had (and Some We Don't): What Some Other People Do for a Living Can Surprise You

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Sand Castle Builder

For real.

Sand sculptor Lucinda "Sandy Feet" Wierenga, 45, creates sand castles for events for big companies, such as Nokia and Coca-Cola. A former self-described "beach bum," she used to make castles on the beach with her ex-husband for fun and competitions, but a career was born in 1987, when a San Antonio, Texas mall commissioned a $20,000 sand sculpture.

State Park Manager

Patrick William Wells, 53, lives rent-free on a lush island and gets paid about $40,000 a year to tend to the wildlife, patrol and maintain the sites, and run tours and education programs at the U.S. government's nearly 300-acre Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park. The park is uninhabited, and there's no Starbucks. When Wells wants a little company and nightlife (and perhaps a latte), he motors over via boat to the mainland.

Celebrity Stylist

Jeanne Yang, 35, shops and dresses such stars as George Clooney, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher ... well, you get the picture. And she actually gets paid--up to $3000 a day. Inside scoop: Guys lie about their shoe size; women lie about their dress size.

Now for the less-than peachy jobs ...

Terror Watcher

Washington, D.C. cop Stephen Bias, 35, sits in a dark room 50 to 72 hours a week watching 100 TV monitors from surveillance cameras positioned around the city, looking for signs of imminent terrorism. …

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