10 Cool Jobs for Insomniacs

More Jobs That Rule the Night

Doesn’t EVERYONE want to be Batman?
Doesn’t EVERYONE want to be Batman?
© Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

2: Roadie

You may think of a roadie as someone who maintains band equipment, packing it up, setting it up and tearing it down as needed. While they definitely do that, there are actually a few different flavors of what roadies do at stage shows. Some work as production managers; some are front-of-house mixers. There are monitor techs and instrument techs, lighting directors, riggers, bus and truck drivers, and tour merchandisers. But what they all have in common is that they all make concerts happen, most often working evening hours and late into the night. And let's not even talk about what happens in the wee hours of the morning on those tour buses.

1: Batman

They say you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have. If that's the case, break out your cape, utility belt and, of course, a mask to conceal your real identity. Why not aspire to spend your nights as Batman? After all, he doesn't have any unattainable superhuman powers like invisibility or flying.

Batman relies on his physical prowess and his gadgets to keep his city safe: Weapons training, martial arts, strength and weight training are all important (hopefully without the seven years in a Bhutanese prison). Also vital are forensic skills, chemistry, a way to bankroll all that tech — the list goes on and on. While working the Batman gig is probably going to be pro bono, under the right circumstances it's estimated that a person with the right genetics could train for 15 to 18 years to attain the physical prowess of Batman and then spend about three years on the job (after all, 18 years of training really takes a toll on the body) [source: Koebler].

Author's Note: 10 Cool Jobs for Insomniacs

There are a lot of cool night jobs that could have been on this list if, perhaps, the list had been 20 or 50 or 100 rather than just 10, including a few more with a creative or entrepreneurial spirit. What about freelancers, for instance? Freelance writers, editors and designers are often able to work flexible hours, whether that means overnight or whenever the mood strikes. Photographers, too, find themselves called to the camera at all hours of the day (news doesn't stop when we're sleeping).

Related Articles


  • Adams, Susan. "Nearly One in Three Workers Falls Asleep on the Job." Forbes. Nov. 3, 2014. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/11/03/nearly-one-in-three-workers-falls-asleep-on-the-job/
  • Bergland, Christopher. "Insomnia Creates 24-Hour Brain Condition." Psychology Today. March 1, 2014. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201403/insomnia-creates-24-hour-brain-condition
  • Bierma, Paige. "Shift Workers." HealthDay. March 11, 2014. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://consumer.healthday.com/encyclopedia/work-and-health-41/occupational-health-news-507/shift-workers-646677.html
  • Cambria, Rodger. "Inside the World of a Rock Roadie." Spin. March 30, 2004. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.spin.com/articles/inside-world-rock-roadie/
  • Casino City Press. "Casino City's North American Gaming Almanac." 2014-1015 Edition. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.casinocitypress.com/gamingalmanac/northamericangamingalmanac/
  • College Foundation of North Carolina. "Bakers and Pastry Chefs Have Recipe for Success." (Jan. 11, 2015) https://www1.cfnc.org/Plan/For_A_Career/Career_Cluster_Profile/Cluster_Article.aspx?articleId=gpxXAP2BPAXEWX1hwDmSrfXAP2BPAXanDfhgXAP3DPAXXAP3DPAX&cId=yJF7dgNzUI6xZl0h6IInegXAP3DPAXXAP3DPAX&sectionId=3
  • CollegeGrad.com. "Bakers." 2015. (Jan. 11, 2015) https://collegegrad.com/careers/bakers
  • Driver, Philip. "The Beginners Guide to Community Management." Games Marketer. July 19, 2013. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://gamesmarketer.com/2013/07/19/the-beginners-guide-to-community-management/
  • Galarneau, Lisa. "2014 Global Gaming Stats: Who's Playing What, and Why?" Big Fish Games. Jan. 16, 2014. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.bigfishgames.com/blog/2014-global-gaming-stats-whos-playing-what-and-why/
  • Gentile, Dan. "11 Things People Don't Understand About Being a Bartender." Thrillist. March 20, 2014. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/understanding-bartenders-things-you-didn-t-know-about-bartending-thrillist-nation
  • Gillin, J. Christian. "Sleep Aids and Insomnia." National Sleep Foundation. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/insomnia/sleep-aids-and-insomnia
  • Hospitality Jobs. "What is the salary range for a casino dealer?" (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.hcareers.com/us/resourcecenter/tabid/306/articleid/629/default.aspx
  • IMDB. "Ghostbusters." 1984. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/quotes
  • Insley, Jill. "A working life: the baker." The Guardian. Sept. 9, 2011. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.theguardian.com/money/2011/sep/09/a-working-life-the-baker
  • Jones, Jeffrey M. "In U.S., 40% Get Less Than Recommended Amount of Sleep." Gallup. Dec 19, 2013. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.gallup.com/poll/166553/less-recommended-amount-sleep.aspx
  • Koebler, Jason. "Becoming Batman May Not Be As Crazy As It Sounds." U.S. News & World Report. July 19, 2012. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/07/19/becoming-batman-may-not-be-as-crazy-as-it-sounds
  • Lambert, Emily. "All the Cool Kids Are Night Trading." Forbes. March 27, 2011. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilylambert/2011/03/17/all-the-cool-kids-are-night-trading/
  • Learning Markets. "Understanding Pre-Market and After-Hours Stock Trading." (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.learningmarkets.com/understanding-pre-market-and-after-hours-stock-trading/
  • Long, Larisa April. "Profiling Hackers." SANS Institute InfoSec Reading Room. Jan. 26, 2012. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.sans.org/reading-room/whitepapers/hackers/profiling-hackers-33864
  • Matarese, John. "Before you go gambling: The best and worst casino game odds." NewsNet5 Cleveland. May 13, 2013. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.newsnet5.com/money/consumer/dont-waste-your-money/before-you-go-gambling-the-best-and-worst-casino-game-odds
  • McKay, Brett. "So You Want My Job: DJ." The Art of Manliness. July 7, 2010. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/07/07/so-you-want-my-job-dj/
  • Minkel, JR. "Dark Knight Shift: Why Batman Could Exist—But Not for Long." Scientific American. July 14, 2008. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/dark-knight-shift-why-bat/
  • National Careers Service. "Job Profiles: DJ." 2012. (Jan. 11, 2015) https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/dj.aspx
  • National Careers Service. "Job Profiles: Roadie." 2012. (Jan. 11, 2015) https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/roadie.aspx
  • National Sleep Foundation. "Insomnia." (Jan. 11, 2015) http://sleepfoundation.org/insomnia/content/what-is-insomnia
  • Parker-Pope, Tara. "The Wretched Life of the Insomniac." The New York Times - Well. March 21, 2008. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/21/the-wretched-life-of-the-insomniac/
  • Passy, Charles. "You Snooze, You Lose." The Wall Street Journal. March 2, 2011. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748704405704576063571187273238?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052748704405704576063571187273238.html
  • Peters, Jenny. "Working the Night Shift: What a Way to Make a Living!" Aol Jobs. May 19, 2010. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2010/05/19/night-shift-jobs/
  • Salas, Rachel. "Insomniac's brain 'like a light switch that is always on,' Hopkins researcher says." Johns Hopkins University - HUB. Feb. 28 2014. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://hub.jhu.edu/2014/02/28/insomnia-brain-differences
  • Shahani, Aarti. "Banks Reluctant To Use 'White Hat' Hackers to Spot Security Flaws." NPR. Nov. 5, 2014. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/11/05/361812463/banks-reluctant-to-use-white-hat-hackers-to-spot-security-flaws
  • Socially Responsible Drinking. "Last Call for Alcohol: US State & City Specific Laws." Dec. 1, 2011. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://sociallyresponsibledrinking.org/last-call-for-alcohol-us-state-city-specific-laws/2/
  • South Jersey Ghost Research. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.sjgr.org/
  • The Economist. "White hats to the rescue." Feb. 22, 2014. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.economist.com/news/business/21596984-law-abiding-hackers-are-helping-businesses-fight-bad-guys-white-hats-rescue
  • Todman, D. "A History of Sleep Medicine." The Internet Journal of Neurology. Vol. 9, no. 2. 2007. (Jan. 11, 2015) https://ispub.com/IJN/9/2/8253
  • Vinton, Kate. "Data Breach Bulletin: Dairy Queen, JP Morgan Chase, AT&T." Forbes. Oct. 10, 2014. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.forbes.com/sites/katevinton/2014/10/10/data-breach-bulletin-dairy-queen-jp-morgan-chase-att/
  • Wanjek, Christopher. "Let's Fantasize: Could You Be Batman?" LiveScience. April 21, 2009.(Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.livescience.com/7711-fantasize-batman.html
  • Winter, Michael. "Home Depot hackers used vendor log-on to steal data, e-mails." USA Today. NOv. 7, 2014. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/11/06/home-depot-hackers-stolen-data/18613167/
  • Zupek, Rachel. "Top Jobs for Night Owls." CareerBuilder.com. Feb. 24, 209. (Jan. 11, 2015) http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-1112-Job-Search-Top-Jobs-for-Night-Owls/


The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel

The Peabody ducks are famous worldwide. Meet the Duckmaster who keeps them all in line with HowStuffWorks.

More to Explore