Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: Ghostbuster / Paranormal Investigator

Forty-two percent of all Americans believe in ghosts, according to a 2013 Harris Poll. With such a significant portion of the population having a vested interest in paranormal phenomena, there are plenty of opportunities for someone interested in pursuing a career in the world of the undead. (Just ask Google.) But aside from the obvious requirement of chasing demonic spirits around New York City in a cool car with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, what exactly does a job as a ghostbuster entail, and how does one go about getting one?

Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: Professional Mermaid

Professional mermaid-ing is a highly specialized, fiercely competitive job that's swimming with a school of inner child-thrilling rewards, pun most definitely intended. Depending on a mermaid's employer, location, and experience, job perks can include working with children, wearing incredibly ornate uniforms, getting paid to dance underwater, and swimming with jellyfish (and sometimes sharks) on a routine basis. Though mermaid gigs are largely unadvertised, there are a surprisingly large number of opportunities to fashion a career as a real-life Ariel.

Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: Professional Mattress Jumper

Using the bedroom mattress as a springboard to the stars is a quintessential childhood pastime. So much so, that the classic nursery song Five Little Monkeys has over 68 million hits on YouTube).?As a career path for adults, however, mattress jumping "is not a game," according to Reuben Reynoso, a professional "mattress filler" who has made a career out of jumping on high-end mattresses for McRoskey Mattress Company in San Francisco's Potrero Hill.?

Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: Life as a Human Hedge

Imagine a world in which your exposure to nature was not relegated to an occasional hike in your off-hours, but rather designated as the source of your bread and butter. Enter a career in roving shrubbery, an unbelievable but actual career for a number of (presumably fascinating) people around the world. Check out the latest installment in PayScale's multi-job miniseries, Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child, and learn about the people who pay their rent by pretending to be trees.

Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: A Life of LEGO

Peter Pan Syndrome is a real thing, and our cultural zeitgeist is rife with both fictional and nonfictional examples of the pop psychology concept of puer aeternus: essentially, people who'd prefer not to grow up. While perpetual adolescence is fundamentally problematic in many real-life scenarios, there are some who have figured out how to channel their youthful sensibility into their careers in both interesting, and in some cases, remarkably profitable ways. To that end, we've compiled a list of 10 of the world's most unique, real-life jobs with the power to thrill your inner child, and will be rolling out in-depth profiles on each occupation, ranging from the earning potential of a professional Ice Cream Taster, to the job skills required of a Human Hedge. Read on to learn the nuts and bolts of the first career up on the list: "LEGO Professor / LEGO Builder," and be sure to check back for new profiles in the coming weeks!

In Hollywood, Being a Friend Is a Paying Job

F. Scott Fitzgerald was right: the rich are different from the rest of us. Add fame to the mix, and you wind up with people who live in an entirely separate universe from everyone else. For example, did you know that some celebrities essentially pay people to be their friends?

3 New Jobs Created by Marijuana Legalization

Whether or not you think pot should be legal, one thing is for sure: it's great for the economy. In the first 18 months of legalized marijuana in Colorado, the state expects to rake in over $180 million in taxes. And that's just the government's take. Many individuals are also lining their pockets, thanks to the green gold rush in states that have approved marijuana for recreational use. Here are just a few jobs that exist today, because of legal marijuana.

This Job Exists: Social Media Wedding Concierge

Love weddings and social media? Forgetting about Instagramming your sad slice of the wedding cake the next time one of your friends gets hitched. If you play your cards right, you could have a whole new career as a social media wedding concierge -- at least, if the career path takes off.

3 Little-Known Jobs That Really Exist

Ask a kid what he wants to be when he grows up, and you'll either get a fantastically improbably answer (Superman, and/or a unicorn) or something out of a guidance counselor's very shortest list of vocations (doctor, lawyer, veterinarian that specializes in puppies and kittens). That's because most of us, even grownups, are only aware of a very small subsection of all possible jobs.

50 Shades of Tar Pits: Students Make Big Bucks on Dinosaur Romance Novels

Texas A&M students Alara Branwen and Christie Sims were having trouble making ends meet. Branwen worked in a supermarket; Sims tutored. That is, until they discovered a lucrative niche ebook market, and made a killing writing human-dinosaur, uh, "love stories." (Note: Alara Branwen and Christie Sims are not their real names, and if you click on the links above, you'll understand why.)