While you can’t necessarily make millions working from home or working online (unless you’re a genius or prodigy of some kind), that doesn’t mean you can’t find employment on the web. There are plenty of jobs available online that put other work to shame. They’re the people we wish we could be, the ladies and gentlemen who do what they love in such a way that the rest of us can’t help but be green with envy. Here’s just a few of the most interesting, most enjoyable, and downright coolest jobs online.
Virtual Bounty Hunter: Read this. Y’see, data breaches are actually a very serious problem that have been plaguing enterprise ever since the inception of the Internet. One only has to look at how many breaches we’ve seen in the past few months alone to see that, either as a result of lax security or very, very smart criminals, sensitive data is getting into the wrong hands with alarming frequency. Virtual Bounty Hunters- a fairly new idea – are basically individuals who are hired by organizations to stroll into the seedy underbelly of the Internet to track down lost or stolen data, and to help figure out who it was who committed the breach in the first place. While it’s probably a fairly by-the-numbers job in practice, it seems very, very cool on paper.
White Hat Hacker: Look at your security system, the security system of your bank, the security system of your workplace. Chances are, someone somewhere down the line hired a White Hat to intentionally try to break their security. These people get paid to crack through firewalls and encryption like eggs. It’d be like getting paid to smash windows…well, if those windows were digital. And they protected sensitive data.
I’m not very good at analogies today.
Pro Gamer: With Riot’s recent decision to establish a legitimate pro gaming league, professional gaming has finally started to come to the forefront of Western culture. Somewhat. Professional gamers are those guys and girls who could probably beat you with their eyes closed. They’re the best at what they do, and they get paid to play – I don’t think I’ve met a serious gamer who hasn’t dreamed of being able to do that at least once in their life.
Youtube Partner: I’m sure all of us would love to make a living off of YouTube, but only a select few individuals ever get to become YouTube partners. A combination of original content and luck could very well set these men and women up for life, and aside from posting the occasional video blog (which, admittedly, can be a lot of work), they can experience a degree of freedom of which most of us can only dream.
Indie Developer: As I’ve discussed in one of my previous articles, the current landscape of game development makes it entirely possible to become a successful indie developer without ever leaving the house. If you’re skilled enough and your ideas are original enough, someone’s going to want to pay you to see your plans come to fruition- as the old adage goes, “if you build it, they will come.” The amount of creative freedom afforded by being an indie developer is something a lot of other developers can only dream of, and people love them- it’s always easier to relate to the little guy, after all.
Image Credits: [Korea Times]