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Life in a tourist town can feel a bit cramped during the peak season, but it can also provide you with some unique career opportunities. Tourist towns offer jobs that are rare or nonexistent in other places. Rajasthan, India, for example, is likely the only town in the world who hires professional monkey men to chase wild monkeys away so they don't steal food from tourists. While monkey chasing might not be your thing, there are plenty of other interesting jobs that only the tourism industry can offer.

Animal Care and Training

Every town has their share of dog trainers and groomers, but tourist destinations offer something much more unique. The zoos, aquariums and nature reserves in tourist areas keep visitors intrigued by offering them opportunities to feed giraffes, ride elephants and swim with dolphins. Someone needs to train these animals, and you could be that someone. If you're new to the animal field, you may still be able to get your foot in the door with a job feeding the animals and cleaning their habitats.

Tour Guides and Support staff

If you live in a tourist town and have the gift of gab, a job as a tour guide may fit you well. Tour guides meet lots of new people every day and spend their time both educating and entertaining them. Prefer to work behind the scenes? Guided tour companies need accountants,bus repair and marketers to keep things running smoothly.

Instructors and Coordinators

If sitting in a cubicle makes you reminisce about the fun you had on childhood vacations, it's time to get back out there. Tourist towns need lifeguards, ski instructors, casino dealers, horseback riding teachers, surfing coaches and more. Hotels and amusement venues all need recreation workers to plan and oversee these types of activities.

Local Guides

Working primarily in hotels and tourist centers, local experts help tourists get the most out of their visit. If you know your town like the back of your hand, this job lets you use that knowledge to help guests find the entertainment and dining venues that only the locals know about. Tourists looking for destinations off the beaten path turn to local guides to find them. Of course, you would also help families find kid-friendly activities and give people tips and tricks they can use to get the most enjoyment from the usual tourist destinations.

Naturally, tourist towns offer plenty of common jobs, too. Every place needs hair stylists, teachers, landscapers, mechanics, doctors, police officers and others who support daily life. If these jobs appeal to you, you're likely to find them and many more in your hometown. If you're looking for something different, however, you may just find it in your town's tourism industry.

Author's Bio: 

Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.