9) Ice Cream Taster
Sounds like the easiest job in the world, right? There’s a little more preparation involved than one might think. A degree in food science is a big step, as is working in an ice cream shop and getting an internship in an ice cream manufacturing company. Most importantly, protect that palate. Tasters need to be able to detect subtle nuances in flavor, so spicy foods and smoking should be avoided. Salaries range from $40,000 to $100,000 per year with the average food scientist salary coming in at $60,000. John Harrison has been a taste tester for 30 years for Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and is so good at his job, the company insured his taste buds for $1,000,000. He spends about four hours a day tasting ice cream, typically about 60 samples a day.
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