Incredibly Rewarding Jobs That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

Can you imagine a world where you have to interview applicants for roles like a royal rat catcher, a leech collector, or perhaps, a toad doctor? There was a time when some of these jobs were advertised. A long, long, long time when Facebook and Twitter didn’t exist, when the Grimm Brothers were still writing fairy tales and Newton was receiving backlash for progressive thinking. The job market has changed incredibly over the last 200 – 300 years. As a matter of fact, one doesn’t have to go back that far to recognize the shifting sands. Employment trend watchers pinpoint that today’s HR professionals and hiring managers have to interview for roles that didn’t exist 10 years ago! Some of these roles, as novel as they may be, are considered royals of the incredibly rewarding jobs.


This is an entirely new category dedicated to meet the demand surge for apps to run on iOS and Android and whatever operating system. The field has grown over 300 times in the last ten years, and it’s no doubt an incredibly rewarding one as well. App development is basically everything behind the scene – the making of an app – that allows you to use your favorite app. Currently, more than 50,000 listings for mobile app developers are listed on job site The role pays 23% higher than the average technical graduate job.


Invented in the ‘90s, Zumba shot to popularity in late 2007. As more and more fitness centers around the world dedicated the routine to staying fit. Zumba has seen a surge of 412% from 2008 and 2016. It is one of the incredibly rewarding jobs where Zumba instructors are paid a flat rate – $100,000 to $175,000. To be a Zumba instructor, one needs to undergo a certification process.


Twerking didn’t skyrocket to popularity until Miley Cyrus’ VMA dance in 2013. Today, you can find twerk squads and teams on Instagram, Vine, and YouTube. While it doesn’t exactly pay in money, Twerk dance groups do get a lot of hits on social media and are paid in other ways – social media influencer.

This indirectly covers another one amongst the list of incredibly rewarding jobs – a social media influencer. People with an impressive amount of following on Instagram and other channels (mind you, it could be people like you and me) get paid to endorse products. They’re generally paid $5,000 per posting on social media.


Drones have been around since the World War I. Although, they sky-dived to insane popularity in 2012-2013, when more and more technology startups started building those for various purposes. You think Amazon is just going to deliver your package through a drone? You’re wrong. Even if it’s an unmanned aerial drone, there’s going to be someone who will overlook the operations. It’s one of the most rewarding jobs where an entry level operator could start at as high as $100,000.


To be successful in today’s hyper-competitive market, businesses need to unearth information that gives their company a competitive edge. Enter: Big Data Scientist, a job that didn’t exist ten years ago. What is Big Data, you ask? The science refers to “voluminous amounts of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data that has the potential to be mined for information.” Again, it is one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet and a professional with two to three years of experience can earn as much as $175,000 to $250,000 per annum.

The question is, are they new occupations or simply newer ways to meet our current needs?



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Diana Coker
Diana Coker is a staff writer at The HR Digest, based in New York. She also reports for brands like Technowize. Diana covers HR news, corporate culture, employee benefits, compensation, and leadership. She loves writing HR success stories of individuals who inspire the world. She’s keen on political science and entertains her readers by covering usual workplace tactics.

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