No matter what you do for a living, it’s probably not that exciting. In fact, Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report found only 15 percent of employees worldwide are actually engaged in their jobs.
If you’re dreaming of a better career, the grass may very well be greener. Of course, you’ll want to do some research before jumping ship and trying your luck in a new field or industry.
Thankfully Discovery Channel has us covered with a ton of documentary-style reality shows that give a glimpse into what life is like in other jobs. Some are dream jobs while others are hellish, but they all provide a lot more adventure than you’re having in your drab, boring cubicle.
Either way, Discovery Channel is proof that it’s not just YouTube that shows real people doing real things in real life.
Because of legalities, the “reality” aspect of Moonshiners is hard to verify. Obviously nobody committing a crime on camera wants to admit to doing so. A spinoff titled Moonshiners: Whiskey Business started airing in 2019. If you want to learn what the life of a modern moonshiner is like, here’s a hint – it’s more Duck Dynasty than Al Capone.
9. Gold Rush
It’s hard to believe people still dig for gold for a living, but there are a lot of them, and it’s not an easy job. Modern equipment makes it easy (when they’re able to get it onto the job site), and these crews will divert mother nature herself to hit their vein and make their quotas.
8. Fast N’ Loud/Misfit Garage
The Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas Texas scours the country for run-down cars to restore for profit. It’s pretty much the dream gig of any mechanic or grease monkey. They even competed with Jesse James, Orange County Designs, and Paul Jr. in a motorcycle build-off (and came in second). The show is so good, it got a spin-off to keep everyone dreaming.
Ok, ok, “battling robot” isn’t exactly an achievable career choice. Engineering teams with a love for drones will definitely dig the idea though. Think of Battlebots more like the Olympics, where it’s a fun way to make some side cash, but it’s not enough to live off of. But who cares when you’re living the dream, am I right?
6. Cash Cab
Even your Uber and Lyft rides are boring compared to Ben Bailey’s NYC taxi rides. Contestants are picked up and have until they reach their destination to participate in a quiz show with questions getting tougher as stakes get higher. If you lose too quick, you’re kicked out – please play this game with your rideshare passengers from now on.
5. Street Outlaws
The popularity of the Fast and Furious franchise obviously lends itself to an underground car racing culture. They’re in every town, racing down unwatched streets at night. Check out street racers who turn their culture into a televised sporting event. It’s only fun betting on a race when you’re winning.
4. Deadliest Catch
If you don’t believe the title, several people have died throughout the time Deadliest Catch has been on TV. One of the boats even capsized, killing three crew members. None of these deaths were shown on the show, and you’re sick for asking, but it’s still filled with enough close calls to make your heart jump out your chest.
3. Airplane Repo
Repossessions is a great industry to get into, and you only wish your guidance counselor told you it was possible to steal airplanes and yachts for a living. Several repo agents are tracked as they legally steal from the rich and famous. Every job they do can make them $10k to $100k in fees – who doesn’t want to do this?!?
2. Dirty Jobs
Mike Rowe is a legendary TV personality, thanks mostly to his seven-year stint hosting Dirty Jobs (he’s also a narrator for Airplane Repo). This team looks for real-life jobs doing some of the most disgusting, dangerous, and…well…dirtiest things you can imagine.
No matter how much you think your job is shit, there are about a dozen jobs featured here involving literal shit. Things could always be worse…
Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, and the rest of the MythBusters crew have the coolest jobs in the world. They are special effects experts who test a variety of myths in very scientific ways to determine if they’re fact or fiction. If only we all had such a warehouse and workshop at our disposal.