Quietly Quintessential Jobs

Q is for… Quick Sketch Artist!

Today’s post will be quick – just like the job itself!

Quick sketch artists can be found in at least two settings that I can think of: in a courtroom or on the beach.

Courtroom sketch artists usually draw scenes from high-profile trials, since flash photography is often not allowed during court proceedings.

Caricaturists are usually quick sketch artists who exaggerate certain body parts, and typically create humorous portraits for a small fee. You may have seen these folks on a boardwalk by the beach, at a fair, or even hanging out at a public park with an easel full of paper and some pens.

“Caricaturist” (photo credit: Kai Schaper)

If you’ve got artistic ability, and work fast, perhaps a career in quick sketch artistry is for you!

Other Quintessential Jobs That Start With Q

  • Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst
  • Quarry Supervisor
  • Quartermaster
  • Quilter

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Philosophically and Potentially Perfect Jobs

P is for… Photographer!

This may be one of my favorite cool jobs, because who doesn’t love taking photos?

Of course, becoming a professional photographer is a lot more work than simply snapping pix on your iPhone.

“It’s almost like looking in a mirror” (photo credit: Adam Moralee)

As with becoming a writer, there are many different genres of photography in which one might specialize. You could be a fashion photographer, a portrait photographer, a science or industrial photographer, a food photographer… and the list goes on.

“Photojournalism” (photo credit: Oliver Symens)

One of the most important parts of becoming a photographer is, of course, having a “good eye.” Being able to spot a great photo waiting to happen is just one skill that a pro has honed, along with figuring out the best lighting, how to arrange people or objects within a composition, creating artistic or commercial images that fit the needs of an intended audience or client, and how cameras themselves mechanically (or digitally) function to create interesting effects.

And then, there’s Photoshop!

So how does one become a professional photographer? Read on for more info from the pros themselves…

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Other Perfect Jobs That Start With P

  • Page
  • Painter
  • Paleontologist
  • Paralegal
  • Paramedic
  • Park Ranger
  • Pastry Chef
  • Pathologist
  • Pediatrician
  • Perfumer
  • Pharmacist
  • Philologist
  • Philosopher
  • Physicist
  • Pianist
  • Police Officer
  • Profiler
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Puppeteer

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Original, Outstanding, Obtainable Jobs

O is for… Oceanographer!

One of my favorite fictional job titles is “Oceanographic Explorer,” which is actually the name of a magazine that features in Wes Anderson’s movie, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. The reporter who arrives to interview Steve becomes quite a thorn in his side, which is part of what makes this movie so funny, but as it turns out one can be an Oceanographic Explorer in real life by becoming an Oceanographer.

Oceanographers study the sea – and its inhabitants! (photo credit: David J. Thomas)

Oceanographers are scientists who study the ocean. There are many different scientific disciplines that fall under oceanography, including marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology, and physical oceanography. Even NASA is looking for oceanographers, to observe our oceans from space!

UC San Diego is actually a leader in oceanography – and for good reason. The city is, of course, right on California’s coast, and has plenty of access to the water. And the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is interested in training the next generation of marine scientists who can address “issues of global concern, the environment, climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable resources.” (And you can find a full list of things you can do with a degree from Scripps here!)

Whether you’re interested in science or adventure (or a little bit of both!) oceanography is an exciting field to consider.

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Other Outstanding Jobs That Start With O

  • Obstetrician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optician
  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Osteopath

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