Doctors. Lawyers. Business Executives…as the “Weeds” theme complains. Boring! It’s time to spice up your characters and infuse their lives and careers with some excitement. Here’s a list of careers for your characters that’ll make them ten times more interesting and potentially able carry the storyline.
1. Forensic Document Examiner. They analyze handwriting, printing, inks and related types of evidence to verify authenticity of documents (BLS.gov).
2. TV agent. These skeezy slimeballs are always getting themselves into sticky situations. Think up one of your own.
3. Lingerie Designer. Definitely some room for a story here, especially in the Romance/Erotica genre.
4. Chocolate Tester. A lot can happen with chocolate involved.
5. Erotic Art Dealer. Again, ’nuff said.
6. Interpreter or Translator. Foreign exchanges leave tons of room for interesting story line developments. Miscommunications, yada yada…
7. Professional Ethical Hacker. These “good guy” hackers are hired to hack into a company’s network and see where the weaknesses are.
8. Paramedic. Saving lives can get hectic. Wrap your mind around the millions of possibilities.
9. Sports Announcer. An unusual career makes for interesting discoveries about your story and your characters. Try and think up a few and play around with them.
10. Detective. Law and Order and pretty much every crime show on TV right now. Plenty of ways a detective could get him- or herself into trouble.
11. Professional gamer. What male in America wouldn’t want to do this for a living, right? There’s plenty of room for a story here.
12. Anesthesiology Assistant. Helps the doctor in putting patients under. What could go wrong…?
13. Sex toy tester. They test out sex toys for sex toy companies.
14. Sports journalist. They report on sports news.
15. Taxi driver. Think of all the movies involving taxi drivers and draw some inspiration from them. Taxi is one of them (hint, hint).
16. Film and video editor. Think “The Holiday” where Cameron Diaz played one, putting together clips for movie trailers and whatnot. You’re bound to stumble upon a story or two.
17. Medical equipment preparer. They prep equipment before a doctor comes in to use it.
18. Marine biologist. They study anything living in the ocean.
19. Sociologist. They study society and social behavior by examining the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions, and processes that people develop (BLS.gov).
20. Anthropologist. They study the origin, development, and behavior of humans. They examine cultures, languages, archeological remains, and physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world (BLS.gov).
21. Bailiff. They maintain order in courts of law. There’s surely a story here when a prisoner goes out of control and removes the bailiff’s gun…or tries to bribe the bailiff into helping them escape. There are dozens of possibilities.
22. Phone Sex Operator. Think Anne Hathaway in Valentine’s Day. Think of all the shenanigans your characters can get themselves into with this one.
23. Mystery novelist. They’re usually quiet and keep to themselves, but maybe something pushes him or her out of their comfort zone and into the center of a real mystery perhaps? Maybe one that threatens his or her life or the life of a loved one?
24. Forensic accountant. They examine financial transactions related to a legal case or issue to help identify fraudulent or illegal activity (BLS.gov).
25. Forensic anthropologist. Think “Bones”. Clearly this career can be made into an interesting story. What can you come up with?
26. Ayurveda Healer. They heal patients’ bodies with the use of traditional Indian medicine that includes natural remedies.
27. Bike Courier. Remember the movie “Premium Rush”? Take notes.
28. Body painter. They usually work at fairs, children’s parties, festivals, or private events. They meet tons of people all the time. Write up an interesting encounter.
29. Feng Shui Consultant. Maybe one walks in during something rather strange going on in the client’s apartment.
30. Fragrance Chemist. These scientists study odor and choose which smells can be used for perfumes.
31. Color Expert. They consult on color psychology. Basically, different colors evoke different feelings from people. The color consultant helps companies decide which colors to use in their marketing.
32. Flavorist. These are chemists that develop natural and artificial flavors you find in soda, juices, and certain types of food.
33. Forensic artist. They produce art-related works that may help to solve a case, such as sketches of suspects based on witness descriptions or computer-generated images of missing persons’ age progressions (BLS.gov).
34. Horticultural Therapist. They use gardening as a treatment therapy for patients struggling with mental disabilities.
35. Nail Polish Namer. Self-Explanatory.
Above all, have fun with creating these vivid, exciting careers for your characters. I’d recommend doing additional research to help you better understand the career you’ve chosen for your next novel. Good luck and happy writing.