Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Who Wants to Be... A Science Host? (oh, pick me!)
Ever look at someone who has your dream job and wonder how they got there? For me, I usually sit around wondering about how Ira Glass got to be the host of This American Life - really, I can't think of any job that I want half as much as I want his. But, also on my list of 'ideal jobs that other people have' is that of science writer. And if not that, then science TV host - which looks even easier. Now, I am not a scientist myself... but, like most science writers, I sure do love to pretend - I even read the chatty bits of Nature and I have Reuters' science section on my blog lines (nice credentials, huh?). And, since Ira has yet to publish a how-to list that details how to become him, perhaps the science writer/host dream is the one that I should pursue now that Ziya Tong has posted a step-by-step guide to becoming her. And she does have a pretty sweet job, getting filmed as she talks about gadgets for a living. Quite frankly, she had do do a lot of fluff with ZeD before she got the cool job of getting paid to speak Geek on PBS's Wired Science, and some might argue that sawing TVs in half is still fluff. But since I'd love to get paid to geek-it-up on the tube, I'm willing to follow where she leads.
Yup, I'd be totally willing to make small talk with robot designers for a living, although I'd still rather work on This American Life. Anyone else have any lists of dream jobs, or step-by-step plans of how to get them?
UPDATE: Apparently I'm not the only one to consider jumping fields, Aetiology mentions Tong's how-to list as well.