As one of those dream jobs, food tasting can be a demanding but ultimately awesome job. To succeed in this career not only will you need a fine palette and strong senses, but a good vocabulary to describe all the taste combinations that you experience. In this field you could specialise in certain types of products (chocolate anyone?) or have a general ability to test a variety of foods. Experienced food tasters have a disciplined approach to their work, with strong observation abilities and ways to cleanse their palettes (and noses) to ensure their unbiased opinion. Unless specifically requested, you will not be a smoker!
Variations on this job include recipe tasting where you might work with chefs in the kitchen or on their upcoming cookbook publications. Apart from sampling, an ability to translate professional cooking instructions to suit the home chef is needed, so a background in technical writing or an ability to write processes is handy.
As myotherapist you will be trained to treat a variety of pain issues in the human body with techniques like dry needling, cupping, corrective exercises and other deep tissue modalities. If you wish to be accredited by the Australian Natural Therapies Association, you’ll need to complete a course recognised by them, especially if you want to offer health fund rebates to your clients. The industry standard advanced diploma of myotherapy often follows on from a diploma of remedial massage, so many people come to this career by building on their previous experience in this field, or Pilates and other anatomy based professions.
To succeed in this pathway not only will you be good with your hands and develop strong clinical reasoning abilities, but you’ll have great communication skills to be able to empathetically support patients through their rehabilitation of injuries and chronic or acute pain issues.
Sometimes colloquially referred to as animal whisperers, this career will see you working in zoos, animal sanctuaries, veterinary clinics or freelancing to identify and modify the behaviour of a variety of creatures. Most likely you will specialise in a particular type of animal, or subset of animals, such as domestic pets in order to gain in depth expertise across one species. On a daily basis you may find yourself observing and recording animal behaviour patterns and drafting action or training plans to modify an animal’s habits. You’ll also deliver hands on training to both owners and animals about how to best evolve behavioural patterns. You may also be involved in research at high level facilities, consult for companies that produce products for animals, and perhaps even train companion animals.
Depending on your goals, to work in this field there are a variety of training options. They range from an entry level trainer certification to undergraduate degrees or postgraduate research in science specialising in animal behaviour. Either way, to be the best in your field, you’ll have an appreciation and working knowledge of animal psychology, patience and a genuine love of animals.
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