Best Cool Jobs and How to Find Them

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During the workweek, the average person spends more than a third of their day on the job. And while not every gig needs to be a path to your life’s work, wouldn’t it be nice if you could spend your time doing something fun? 

Whether you’re looking for adventure, hope to make your hobby into a career, or just want the ability to work from home, there are cool jobs out there for you. The key is to figure out what you want to do with your time—and find paying work that matches those interests. 

Here’s how to get started.

Key Takeaways

  • Consider your interests, skills, education, and work experience when looking for any job.
  • If you plan to relocate for work, be sure to have a commitment in writing from an employer before making the move.
  • Support your job application with recommendations, references, or portfolios of work as needed.

Disney Theme Parks Jobs and Internships

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Do you dream of working at Disney? Maybe you dream of becoming a real, live Disney princess by working as a character look-alike at a resort. Or perhaps you’re an artist who’s always wanted to work at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Or maybe you want to take your less glamorous—but still extremely valuable—skill set and put it to work behind the scenes in customer service, accounting, or data analytics.

There are hundreds of ways to put your talents to work for the Mouse. Whether you’re looking for an internship, an entry-level job, or a job for an experienced professional, you can find a job at Disney.

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Fashion Industry Jobs

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Enjoy following the latest fashion trends? Consider a job in the fashion industry. There are many diverse job titles in the industry, ranging from fashion designer to model to sales representative.

Some jobs may be available to high school graduates with a passion for style, while others require an associate or bachelor’s degree. 


Expect to prepare a portfolio of work to land jobs in design. 

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Flexible Jobs

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Many flexible jobs allow you to set your own schedule. This is ideal if you are a student, a parent, are semi-retired, or you simply want the flexibility to take days off whenever you want.

Many of these are work-at-home jobs or jobs you can do remotely, although others involve working at a specific location. 

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Food Industry Jobs

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When you think of the food industry, you probably think of job titles like server or chef. And while there are plenty of positions in the front and back of the house at your favorite restaurant, the food industry goes beyond these typical gigs.

Depending on your interests, skills, and educational background, you might find your dream job as a craft brewer, food lawyer, or personal chef. 

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Green Jobs

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If you want a job that will contribute to taking care of the planet, consider a green job. There are green jobs in every industry, from law to biology to engineering to farming.

Some may involve investing in additional education, while others might be an easier pivot from your current career path.

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Jobs Where You Can Make a Difference

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Want to give back to the world? You can find a wide variety of jobs that support your community and make a difference. Consider careers in healthcare, energy, law enforcement, and education.

The best part is that there are plenty of jobs that help the world and don’t require years of additional education. For example, solar photovoltaic installers often begin their careers with an apprenticeship or coursework at a community college.

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Passionate about LGBTQ issues? If you want to focus your career on an issue you believe in, consider a ​job related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer issues.

You may find that your current skillset allows you to make an easy career change. This list contains jobs ranging from therapist to nonprofit employee to professor to marriage officiant. 

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Marijuana Jobs

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The greenest of green industries is seeing a jobs boom, thanks to marijuana legalization in an increasing number of states. As a result, you can find a wide variety of marijuana jobs in roles ranging from sales, management, farming, security, and more.

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Music Festival Jobs

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Do you love seeing live music? You might be able to become part of your favorite music festival by getting a job supporting the event. There are a variety of jobs associated with music festivals, from brand ambassadors to yoga teachers to accountants. Put your current skillset to work and attend for free. 

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Seasonal Jobs

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Whether your passion is skiing, swimming, or farming, there are seasonal jobs out there that are perfect for you.

Seasonal work can help support other commitments like school, help you earn extra money before the holidays, or give you a chance to find a new full-time job.


Many types of short-term work offer the opportunity to travel or spend time outdoors. 

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Average Hours Employed People Spent Working on Days Worked by Day of Week." 

  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Solar Photovoltaic Installers." 

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