There is nothing more enjoyable than getting immersed in a good movie or TV show after a long day of hard work. And while everyone knows how fun it can be to become lost in a good fictional story, one of the most underrated and entertaining elements of enjoying these works is daydreaming about cool jobs and professions that its characters occupy.
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In fact, one of the reasons for this is the sheer contrast that these fantastic (and sometimes terrible) fictional jobs offering an irresistible way of escape reality. Therefore, it’s no wonder many Redditors already took to asking and answering the question of what everyone’s favorite fictional dream jobs would be. And with some answers being too fun to pass up, there are just a few that needed to be shared with the world.
10 Dream Extractor (Inception)
A Reddit user (who has since deleted their account), took this question a bit too literally, providing what is easily one of the best and wittiest answers on this list. For them, the best “dream job” would be “a professional dream thief like in Inception.” However, many would agree that this 2010 blockbuster profession can have a few moral implications (since the dream thief essentially means sneaking into other people’s dreams and tricking the person into unintentionally giving up their secrets).
But could some argue that there are ways a “dream extractor” could be used for positive means? It’s possible. Psychologists and other mental health specialists might use the “extractor” as a therapeutic technique to help people with their problems. Some may also argue that they will prefer to be “an architect of dreams” and help the subjects achieve what they have always imagined.
9 Looper Assassin (Looper)
Redditor u/DA3DALUSxGAMER says: “Call me crazy, but I would totally be down with becoming a Looper Assassin. I understand the consequences, but just imagine the cash!”
Sure, being a hardcore hitman who is trained to kill time-traveling victims might sound exciting to some people, especially since payment comes in silver and golden bars. However, this morally questionable career comes with a price, which means that after 30 years of luxurious life, the looper will share the same destiny as his anonymous victims. No wonder this job is not among the popular ones on Reddit since only a few people would be comfortable with the consequences of “closing a loop” (or even kiling).
8 Toy Tester (Big)
The idea for this one came from u/paper_swan, who suggests that becoming a Toy Tester in the movie Big is a way more interesting and glamorous profession. Not only would testing every kind of cool toy imaginable be an amazing job for anyone in the real world, but it was also the dream job of the movie’s protagonist Josh (Tom Hanks), whose massive paycheck allowed him to move to his own place, full of toys, including his own pinball machine.
7 Gardener In Hobbiton (The Lord Of The Ring)
For many individuals, a quiet and peaceful job in nature is where it’s at. However, Reddit u/armypantsnflipflops took that notion to a whole new level when they suggested their dream job would be “Gardener, in Hobbiton. Living that peaceful life.” In Tolkien’s works, this is indeed described as a real (and rather noble) family profession, carried over from generation to generation by “The Gardeners of the Hill” – descendants of Samwise Gamgee and Rose Cotton.
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Even Tolkien himself was very fond of the profession, describing himself in his letter as a Hobbit due to his love of nature, gardening, trees, and of course, pipes. In fact, he also considered gardening to be a highly noble profession too. So if it’s good enough for Tolkien, it’s good enough for anyone else.
6 Any Job From Jurassic Park
According to u/specialtomebabe, “pretty much every job on Jurassic Park,” would qualify as a dream job. Just imagine being hired by John Hammond and given the freedom to design the park however you want.
There are, in fact, several jobs one can occupy in Jurassic Park, including Chaotician, Geneticist, Paleobotanist, and Paleontologist. Working with animals day in and day out is already cool enough, but imagine working in a prehistoric environment with literal dinosaurs roaming around.
5 Hogwarts Professor (Harry Potter)
Here’s one most Potterheads will definitely agree on. There’s no better job than being a Hogwarts professor. According to u/ mightyandpowerful, their reasoning is that “you get free room and board AND no one seems to care whether you’re actually a good teacher or not.”
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The best part is that this profession can accommodate almost any personality and talent given the scope of different and unique teaching positions at Hogwarts. For example, Reddit user PrincessPuglet dreams of being “Care of Magical Creatures professor at Hogwarts. Once Hagrid retires, of course.”
4 Auror (Harry Potter)
Given how popular the professions from the Harry Potter world are among Redditors, one more dream job is in order. This one comes from u/asianfromthecongo, who would love to be “an Auror from the Harry Potter series.” For those unfamiliar with this fictional profession, an Auror is basically a detective or law-enforcement-official appointed by the Ministry of Magic, on the hunt for magical criminals. The training for an Auror is extremely extensive and exhaustive, meaning only the best wizards can qualify for the position.
Yet, despite all the dangers and challenges that this job would bring, it’s easy to see why it would be a popular choice. After all, it’s the profession Harry himself chose after the events of the books and so did his best pal Ron.
3 Ghostbuster (Ghostbusters)
This dream job idea comes from Reddit user Bazoodle who was “extremely surprised no one else has said this.” And while being a Ghostbuster definitely qualifies as cool, it’s probably not everyone’s dream job for a good reason. As another Reddit user named kjata replies, “Not a whole lot of people willing to strap particle accelerators to their backs every day.”
It’s worth noting that anyone brave enough to put on the uniform and grab those ghost vacuums should be prepared for some scary paranormal encounters as well as getting slimed on a daily basis.
2 MiB Agent (Men In Black)
Speaking of paranormal, what’s cooler than working for a top-secret organization monitoring and hiding extraterrestrial life on Earth? The idea for this dream job came from u/Kapadia1995A, who chose the 1997 blockbuster Men in Black because “it’s like being a cop but the victims and perpetrators are mostly aliens.”
The sheer number of different aliens and creative tactics they use to hide their existence on this planet, such as all postmen being aliens or taking the form of talking pugs, is astonishing. Add to that time and space travel and the adventure never ends.
1 The Doctor’s Companion (Doctor Who)
While on the topic of time and space travel, there’s one TV franchise that takes that notion to a far greater extreme than any other – Doctor Who. For Reddit user ljahb, being the Doctor’s companion would be a dream job. And while there’s a lot of merit to this answer, it’s probably better described as a dream side gig, given how most of the Doctor’s companions kept their day jobs and only traveled with him in their free time. For example, Clara kept teaching, Amy modeled, and Rory continued nursing. Plus, who wouldn’t want to spend time exploring the entire universe in their spare time.
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