Ask the Readers: What is Your Dream Job?

By Ashley Jacobs on 7 July 2015 75 comments

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For many of us, work us just a way to pay the bills, but if we can get paid to do what we love...ah, that's the life!

What is your dream job? What makes it the perfect job for you? What will it take to make your dream job a reality?

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Christina

My dream job would be to research topics on the internet, retrieve records from municipal and county courts for clients.

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Julie Wood

My Dream Job is to be a Teacher in grade school! I love kids!

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Betty

My dream job would be owning some type of small shop on the beach. Really doing anything at the beach. I plan to volunteer in retirement at a state park that protects its wildlife. Until then I dream...

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Ernest S.

My dream job would be becoming a travel writer/reviewer. I would love to travel the world and share my experiences with others! Not sure how practical and sustainable it is, but it seems like it would be an awesome job to have (at least for a little while).

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Michelle Graber

My dream job would be to do something that I love, full time. Right now I own a etsy shop/craft business on top of my full-time job. I would love to bring in enough income from my artistic passion to be able to do it full-time.

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Elena

My dream job is to own my own business

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Mary Happymommy

I'm already going my dream job...although I don't get paid in money but in hugs and kisses. Taking care of my children is my dream job.

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Pamela

The one I held for 10 years--teaching first home buyers for a housing nonprofit.

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Rich

I am currently working my dream job as the entertainment director of a great club.

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Jay H

To travel the world as a National Geographic photographer.

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Bethany M

I'd love to be a hippotherapist.

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Hilary

Design and graphic artist

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Michelle D.

My dream job is an actress. I love being on set and it's a really fun job where you can be creative.

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Catseye

I used to think that my dream job was working in show business but these days I'll settle for a job where I'm treated with respect by co-workers and management. Also, it would be so great to get a raise every 6 months, like I did in my first full-time job.

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Mary W

My dream job is one that brings me energy and passion, one that I am excited to do every day and one that I love so much that I would give up any pay to do it. Oh, wait! I already have my dream jobs. It's called Volunteering. It's one of the many benefits of retirement no matter what age you are.

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nicole dziedzic

My ultimate dream job is to be a interior designer! I have always had a passion for design.

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Brady

Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs

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tricia

I would love to work in the garden all day and get paid for it! What a dream!

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Sheryl

I would like to be an actress or a public speaker

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Jeff

my dream job is an oceanographer

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Guest

My dream job is the one I just left - children's case manager at a dv shelter. I'm looking for the same work!

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Susan Smith

I'd love to be a travel agent. My Mom was agent and got to travel all over the world for free.

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Susan P.

My dream job would be as a travel writer and involve travel and writing/blogging. I'd get to see the world and share experiences.

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Elle

A dream job would be one where I took care of animals.

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Emily

My dream job would have lots of PTO, a generous 401k match, and great health benefits. The job description: creating robust community benefit programs at hospitals.

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Tabathia B

Growing up I wanted to be a librarian or an author, but now I would love to be self employed

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Liisa R

Hopefully it is being a lawyer since I start law school in 5 weeks! This is my second career -- my first was running my own piano studio, which was a wonderful job that I was very ready to leave after 15 years. Ready to try something new!

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Jeanne Rousseau

My dream job would be a child therapist. I just would love to help child during the tough times they are having and keep them going on the right track.

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Brandon K

High school teacher - to help educate and inspire future generations. Though I would think job satisfaction has the potential to be off the charts, the money isn't there.

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Guest

I love my job (I'm a teacher). Now if only I made more...

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Laura J

Oh my dream job would be a kindergarten teacher! Love working with the little ones! Plus...I would love to have the summer off to work in my garden!

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Ronda

Getting paid to travel around the world. I know there are several ways to do this but to pinpoint the dream job would involve this!

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Guest

My dream job is a forensic chemist! I love solving problems and running various chemical assays to find out what something is.

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JM

My dream job is to be a marketing director for a beauty/cosmetics company. I have been interning as a marketing intern at a fragrance house and have been loving it. When you have a passion for something, you're going to love working in it. It has definitely been one of my favorite internships. I am so glad that I was able to find my passion through this experience and want to continue to pursue this career goal.

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Holly S

My dream job is to become an author. I can't imagine anything better than spending my hours each day writing, whether it be a blog or, even better, a novel. I've hidden behind the excuse that I've been too busy raising my boys to get my book written but they're older now and busy with their own lives so I've made it a point to start writing a little each day to jumpstart my own dream.

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Kate Kyleen

Though I'm constantly surrounded by technology, I would love to own and eventually retire on an alpaca farm. Alpacas are a wonderful (and relatively easy) livestock. And instead of sitting at a computer desk all day, I would be out maintaining the farm, exercising, and nurturing super cute animals. I think the work would bring me peace. It would take getting to know local farms, attending conferences & fiber shows, business classes (optional), the right property, and likely a large business loan to make the dream a reality. Maybe one day!

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c

Always has been to be in charge of a well funded nonprofit that gives out grants :)

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lostAnnfound

Working in a barn with a bunch of horses. Did that for a few years in my 20s and I would love to do it again. I enjoyed being outside, the physical labor of it all, and making a connection with a beautiful animal.

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Bekki

stay at home mom

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Christie

I have my dream job! I'm a wife and mother of 2. I also have a part-time job cleaning an enormous house (over 10K sq ft) that I really enjoy. But being here for my kids and my hubby is the best job in the world. And thanks to our planning before we had kids, I'm able to stay home with them!

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Lissa

My dream job is to be an infectious disease investigator with CDC or WHO where I get to learn about new and emerging diseases around the world. It's pretty scary but exciting at the same time.

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Amanda

My dream job is to travel the world and publish media for a blog.

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KPL

My dream job is being a trial attorney.

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Diane

I have 2 choices... one is running a small specialty nursery for flowers, somewhere in a temperate climate where it's pleasant to be outdoors year round~ not here in Louisiana! That would require a big move. Two is running a dog training club with indoor facilities, which would require funding for a large building. Neither likely to happen.

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Raina

My dream job would be something involving traveling the world - writing travel blogs or something like that. I don't think that's anywhere near being a possibility since it wouldn't bring in money, but I love traveling so much that it would be a dream come true.

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An G

I always wanted to go into adverstising on the marketing side. I always analyze commericals on how they could of made it better to get the point across to consumers

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Donna

My dream job is to be a Virtual Assistant (and actually make money) and be able to work from any location in the world. Traveling is my hobby so I feel this would fit together nicely.

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Robin Z

For me a dream job would be one that is a 5-Day Weekend and a 2-Day Weekday - doing something service orientated that helps others in a meaningful way - very little stress. Short commute - such as from home.

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Gina

My dream job would be to get paid for doing absolutely nothing - sleeping, watching TV, reading books, goofing off, and just living life. Unfortunately there's nothing I can do to ever make that happen.

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A Mom

My dream job is a travel writer/reviewer/tester/critic.

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Rebecca B. A. R.

I still don't really know what I want to be when I grow up, and I'm 37. I love working with cats, and I foster cats for the humane society I volunteer with now. I think I would love to run a nonprofit that took care of domestic violence victims' pets until they get back on their feet. I would also love to be able to volunteer for Christian organizations and help in all the ways that they would need. I guess I would just like to be independently wealthy, so I could do a bunch of free things for other people and animals!

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Mitchell

My dream job would be to travel the world teaching people to fight for themselves. I love seeing new places and doing new things. I would love to spread knowledge around the world so people can help themselves. Maybe it would make the world a little bit better.

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Miss Kim

My dream job would be a kindergarten teacher. I love children and they are so cute at that age!

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Christina

My dream job is to be an author and stay at home mom.

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Suz_Glo

My dream job would involve travel and books in one way or another! Perhaps visiting and photographing some of the world's greatest libraries?

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Louly

My dream job would be a photographer or food stylist.

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Alissa A

I would love to be a full-time volunteer and get paid for it! :)

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Vanessa Madrigal

I'd like to write. I want to start a blog. I need to quit talking about it and do it! :)

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Sue

My dream job would be to own a souvenir shop on the beach. I know it's weird but then I could make a living hanging out at the beach all day which I love. Right now I'm an IT Engineer in a land locked state so it would be quite the change. Someday...

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Lynda

my dream job is to be a traveling photographer

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Renee

I am currently a scientist, which I love, but I am really interested in getting into science writing/journalism. There is a huge disconnect between scientific discovery and the public perception of what scientists actually do that I would love to begin to address.

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Matt

My dream job would be to own my own pizza place.

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Kelli

Well, the BEST job would be being a socialite who just does philanthropic work but, since I wasn't born into a wealthy family, that's not going to happen. ;) I would've loved to have been a rock star, but I'm probably too old now for that. Slightly more realistically speaking, I wouldn't mind being a magazine writer. Especially a travel writer.

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Guest

I'm not sure exactly what my dream job would be, but it would allow flexibility, travel, inspiring others, connection, and a positive environment.

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Donna D.

My dream job would be curing deadly diseases.

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Abby

My dream job is to be able to work part time from home to be with my family more.

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J. Pario

My dream job would be to freelance full time. (I already do it part-time.) I'd want to do LOTS of different things:

Write, edit, do voice acting, craft, make art, help people get organized, tutor....

I'm going to make my dream come true--just five years until the house is paid off!

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SRK

I would like to work in a nursery or beautiful flower shop and deal with lovely plants and flowers all day long.

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Daniella

My dream job is a college advisor

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Happy Love

My dream job would pay me to take more classes.

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MelQui

I love me current job (project manager), but would love t more if I could bring my family with me when I have to travel for work, and if my employer had on-site daycare. It would be even more assume if I could get my current salary and work part time!

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Mikey

My dream job would be a paleontologist!

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Chong

My dream job was always to be a lawyer.

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Candy Bakshi

Dream job has always involved helping the community and making a difference to the environment. And so with that being said. I am working towards my R.N lic, once I have been received in a hospital setting. I would like to take my savings and open a camp site area, for a All children. All for the purposes of keeping our street kids in a safe place rather than out in the streets were more than likely to get into some trouble and possibly cause tax payers more money. The Dream is to make it a successful franchise for every city or/and State.

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Liz

I would be a travel blogger