Growth. Perks. Prestige. Paychecks. In this economy, it’s easy to forget that some positions have ’em all (probably because the media keeps bombarding us with phrases like “in this economy”). But no more! We’ve scoured the classifieds–okay, the Internet–to round up seven of America’s dreamiest jobs. So go ahead, take a look. If nothing else, it’s a great way to … waste time at work.
1. YouTube Sensation
Two years after YouTube invited members to become “partners” by slapping ads on their videos, the most successful users are earning six-figure incomes and gaining real-world notoriety.
Bottom Line: Michael Buckley nets an estimated $100,000/year from his What the Buck comedy series; Lucas Cruikshank inked a deal to play his YouTube alter ago–a whiny 6-year-old named Fred Figglehorn–on the silver screen.
2. Food Scientist
Think you’ve nailed the next great ice-cream flavor? Or even a cutting-edge chip combination? Well, you’re in luck: Employment of food scientists is expected to grow 16% over the next decade, faster than the occupational average.
Bottom line: The median salary hovers $60,000, but we’re still salivating over this job description: At Ben & Jerry’s, Derek Spors is responsible for “creating (and tasting) new flavors for the company, including ‘Marsha, Marsha, Marshmallow’ and ‘Karamel Sutra.'”
3. Etsy Mogul
On Etsy, the Web’s leading marketplace for crafts and vintage goods, some users have parlayed their pastimes–knitting, sketching, sculpting–into $100,000+ empires.
4. Interior Designer
Call it the Keyshawn Johnson effect: Employment of interior designers is expected to grow 19% over the next decade, faster than the occupational average.
Bottom Line: The median salary is roughly $45,000/year, but you’ll make considerably more if you’ve got your own basic-cable design show.
5. Celebrity Ghost Tweeter
Okay, so getting hired to manage a celebrity Twitter account doesn’t actually make you a celebrity. But if you’re doing your job right, nobody on Twitter will know the difference. (Also, come on, you’ll be getting paid to tweet.)
6. Personal Trainer
So much for Fast Food Nation: Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 37% over the next decade, much faster than the occupational average.
Bottom Line: You’ll be in great shape, even if you’re only earning $39,640/year (the national median).