It's a hot July day. You've had a busy day. After going for a swim and then playing outside in the Sun for most of the day, you're hungry for a cold treat. What are you hungry for? Ice cream!

On a hot day, there's nothing quite like the cool, creamy goodness of a couple scoops of your favorite flavor of ice cream. In fact, there's nothing quite like the cool, creamy goodness of a couple scoops of your favorite flavor of ice cream on any day!

Eating ice cream is such a pleasurable experience. Wouldn't it be great if you could get paid to eat ice cream? Who wouldn't sign up for that job? But can you really eat ice cream for a living?

We don't know of anyone who gets paid to eat ice cream for a living, but there are some people out there in the world who make a living by tasting things. They're called professional taste testers and, yes, some of them get paid to taste ice cream! Does that sound like your dream job?

Professional taste testing can take different forms. Some taste testers might actually be food scientists who work for food manufacturers. As such, they might take an active role in research and development, as well as food preparation and taste testing new products.

Other taste testers might be marketing professionals who are involved in focus groups that test new food products before they hit the marketplace. When trying to decide upon whether a new flavor should be introduced to the public, taste testers might sample dozens of new flavors of ice cream during a typical day.

To be a professional taste tester, you have to have terrific taste buds. When a food manufacturer finds a trusty taste tester, they may have the taste tester's taste buds insured for big money. For example, John D. Harrison, a professional ice cream taster for Dryers. A newspaper report claimed that Dryers insured his taste buds for $1 million!

It might not be possible to find a prime job as a taste tester for an ice cream company. You might have to start in another industry. Could you stomach testing the taste of broccoli all day?

If not, you could always pursue a career that lets you work with ice cream, even if you don't get to eat it all day long. For example, perhaps you could find a job developing exciting new flavors. Ice cream companies develop new flavors in all sorts of different ways. Some rely upon suggestions from customers. Other companies use researchers to dream up new flavors that will capture the imaginations — and taste buds — of ice cream lovers.

Taste testers and new flavor gurus aren't the only ice-cream-related jobs to be had, though. Large ice cream manufacturers have positions in all sorts of different areas, from production and packaging to accounting and customer service.

There are also many retail jobs available. If you've ever been to an ice cream parlor, you know there has to be someone behind the counter to scoop the ice cream into the cones. You could also be an entrepreneur and start your own ice cream shop or manufacture your own homemade ice cream!

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