More Late Night Paycheck Possibilities
6: Paranormal Investigator
Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full-trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis? While that's not list of job qualifications, you do need an open mind to be a paranormal investigator. Ghost hunters investigate spirit activity (both friendly and not-so-friendly hauntings) and conduct field research by photographing possible sightings or paranormal activity. They also identify electromagnetic fields in the vicinity, measure solar flare activity and static charge, and record temperature and electronic voice phenomena.
Paranormal investigators primarily work at night – after all, isn't that when things "go bump"?
5: White Hat Hacker
In just a single year, it's estimated that global cybercrime costs $113 billion and affects the lives of more than 375 million victims [sources: Martinez, The Economist]. Consider the massive scale of recent data breaches. For instance, in 2014 Home Depot announced 56 million customer accounts had been breached. Seventy-six million consumers and 7 million small business accounts were affected by a breach at JP Morgan Chase that same year [sources: Winter, Vinton].
If you think all hackers do is exploit vulnerabilities, well, you're right. However, not every hacker is committing a crime. Here's the difference: Black hat hackers don't have permission, whereas white hat hackers do. Known as "pentesters" (penetration testers), white hat hackers are hired by companies to find and sometimes fix security flaws. PayPal, for example, reports the company has compensated roughly 1,000 of the good guys for reporting security risks. Those 1,000 pentesters were scattered across more than 66 countries and a variety of professional backgrounds [source: Shahani].