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?
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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).

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