Want to know what’s awesome? Sharks.
Want to know what else is awesome? Being gainfully employed.
Let’s consider the facts. Sharks are: fast, powerful, live underwater, have famous theme songs, and get an entire week of high-profile TV coverage every summer.
Gainful employment is: fun, important, inspires hot club tracks, lets you pay rent, and gives your life meaning.
You might think it would be impossible to combine these two concepts. That would be a false conclusion. There are, in fact, hundreds of shark-related, shark-inspired, and shark-adjacent jobs available on Monster at this very moment—and now’s your chance to catch one hook, line, and sinker.
Hungry for more? Sink your teeth into these five shark jobs.
What you’ll do: Forget zoos—aquariums have all the best animals. Seals? Check. Penguins? Check. Sharks? CHECK. There’s nearly no end to the range of jobs offered at any given aquarium, from cashiers and technicians to naturalists and wildlife handlers. The best part? There’s a good chance you’ll be able to hang out with sharks on a near-daily basis.
What you’ll do: We’ve now established that while sharks are, indeed, great, sometimes it’s better to keep them at a respectful distance. So why not find a job as a coastal engineer, where you’ll build fancy seawalls and keep floods at bay? In this role, you’ll be on land, the sharks will be in the water, and you’ll make sure they stay in the water and not washed up on the street outside your house. That wouldn’t be fun for either party.
What you’ll do: Divers are people who swim around and find things like pearls, commercial goods, and maybe also sharks. All kinds of industries need divers—seriously, it’s like who isn’t relying on divers in some form?—and while there’s no guarantee you’re going to encounter a shark, that may actually be a positive in this case. Because while sharks are most definitely awesome (see above), getting eaten by one isn’t on anybody’s to-do list.
What you’ll do: Marine biologists are basically underwater scientists. They study things like aquatic plants and animals, sometimes including sharks. So if you want to actually see some sharks, learn about sharks, or help the world better understand sharks, this could be the perfect career for you. It’s also a great opener at parties: “So, what do you do?” “I’m a marine biologist. A shark one.” [MIC DROP]
What you’ll do: Sharks aren’t very popular in the U.S. as a food product. It’s not that often that you’ll go, “What’s for dinner?” and somebody will answer “shark!” But that doesn’t mean fishers, boat captains, and others of their like won’t encounter an occasional shark or two from the comfortable distance of their vessel.