After more than twenty seasons of The Bachelor and half as many of The Bachelorette — and let's not forget Bachelor in Paradise, y'all! — one thing has remained the same: Some of the contestants who go on the show have made some pretty strange career choices. I totally get that some of it has to do with making these people interesting during the limo arrivals, when the faces of all these women in sparkly gowns can tend to blur together. Still, some of the jobs held by these contestants are just too strange for words.
Here are 15 of the weirdest jobs that former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants have had. Hey, looking to make a major career change? Maybe start with becoming a Dog Lover. Sounds like the ideal work situation to me!
15 Tiara The Chicken Enthusiast
When Tiara was first introduced on Ben Higgins' season of The Bachelor, I was convinced that she just really, really liked chicken nuggets — and honestly, who could blame her? I, too, am enthusiastic about nuggets, especially the kind that come in packs of 10 from McDonalds. But as it turns out, that's not what it means at all. In Tiara's case, "chicken enthusiast" means someone who raises chickens. Couldn't there have been a better way to describe her career?!
Either way, the footage of her hanging out with her feathered friends was way too cute, and she often talked about how much she missed them while she was on the show. Judging by how close she seemed to have grown to them, maybe "chicken enthusiast" is the appropriate title after all.
14 Carly The Cruise Ship Singer
At least cruise ship singer is a real job — it's just a pretty uncommon one, and Carly took her talents to new levels when she came out of the limo singing to Chris Soules. Hey, anything to get noticed, right? And it worked, because she lasted forever on The Bachelor, and even though she didn't get engaged to Chris, she did seal the deal with Evan Bass on Bachelor in Paradise a year later. The gift of music works!
Plus, there are few things that sound more wonderful than working on a cruise ship. Eating all that yummy food, relaxing by the pool, hitting up exotic beaches on your day off... I have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever, but where can I sign up?!
13 Kelly The Dog Lover
Out of all the weird careers The Bachelor has seen, I think this one is my favorite — and it's the one I'd most like to have. Who wouldn't want to get paid for loving dogs? Spending all day long cuddling puppies and playing with them sounds like a dream job, so I'm a little jealous of Kelly... even though I have a sneaking suspicion that there's a lot more to her job than just loving animals.
If you need me, I'll be researching how to make this career path a reality. Writer by day, dog lover by night sounds like a pretty sweet gig. Kelly, if you're reading this, let me know if your job is hiring! I am excellent at playing fetch.
12 Tara The Sport Fishing Enthusiast
There have been a lot of "enthusiasts" on The Bachelor, haven't there? It's hard to know exactly what's involved in being enthusiastic about sports fishing, unless she works at an outdoor or athletic store where she shares her knowledge with her customers. Maybe that's it? I'm so confused!
Either way, Tara's time on The Bachelor was short lived. She had a little too much to drink that first night, and that pretty much ended things for her before they really even began. But at least she got to get back to her fishing, which is probably way more fun than living under the pressure of sharing a house with two dozen women who are all into the same guy you are. Yeah, now that I think about it, fishing sounds way better.
11 Lucy The Free Spirit
Because when a girl shows up in a flower crown, the only label you can give her is "free spirit." Lucy is adorable AF, and I'm really curious about what her job entails — if you can even call it that. Multiple music festivals a year? Sparkly henna tattoos? Making art out of trash you found at those music festivals? I need to know. This lifestyle doesn't sound half bad, especially since apparently, she ended up with time off to do cool stuff like go on The Bachelor.
I'm also halfway convinced that Lucy could secretly be a genius, because how else would someone find a way to live off of being a free spirit? Teach me your ways! I will bring my own flower crown, I promise.
10 Tony The Healer
Tony made his big appearance on Kaitlyn Bristowe's season of The Bachelorette, and even though he was called a healer, that wasn't exactly what he did. He was more like a physical therapist that employed some unconventional tactics. Furthermore, he was definitely a hippie-type personality wise, and was super into new age-y stuff that old school doctors probably wouldn't think to use. He didn't really mesh with Kaitlyn (or the other dudes) very well, so he wasn't on the show too long, but at least he got to go back to his practice.
I just hope he treats his patients a little better than he treated Kaitlyn. Maybe it was just for the show, but he was kind of a douche!
9 Brandon The Hipster
Is this the male version of free spirit?! I don't think this one is entirely fair, because a lot of the guys who end up on The Bachelorette could be considered hipsters. I mean, who else would audition for a reality show in order to gain fame on Instagram? Let's be serious here. I also have a feeling Brandon's job as a hipster isn't a high paying one, especially since it's expensive to have interests in things that are off the cuff. And an Urban Outfitters wardrobe doesn't come cheap.
But wherever he is now, let's hope Brandon has found a real job and he's happy. "Hipster" just won't pay the bills, but if it did, it's a job a lot more people would want to have... until too many people started doing it, and then they'd do something else. Wouldn't want to be too mainstream!
8 Nick The Tailor/Magician
Oh my god, I have so many questions. Okay, so tailor is a pretty normal job. Magician? Less normal, but it happens. Who else is going to perform at a kid's birthday party? But put them both together, and things get real confusing. Is he a magician because he's that good at fitting your suit to your exact specifications? Maybe he doesn't need to use measuring tape at all? Maybe he can hem pants with just his eyes?
It's far more likely that he's a tailor who is also into magic tricks, but I like imagining him as a magical tailor a lot more. How has there not been a documentary made about this man and his career? ABC, your move. I'd totally watch.
7 Raichel The Manscaper
This screenshot is really appropriate, because if my job was manscaping, I'd be crying, too. This job is a really specific one, and one that I would never, ever want to have. Who wants to clean up hairy man parts? I hope that Raichel gets paid a lot, because she is a far braver woman than I to take on a challenge like that — and even braver to share it with the world on The Bachelor! In all seriousness, it's probably no different than waxing women, but I'm sure it takes a lot of skill and preciseness that most people just aren't capable of.
Raichel, you are a woman amongst women, and I bow to you. You may not have won The Bachelor, but you seem awesome anyway. If you wanna cry, just let it out. We all feel that way sometimes!
6 Alejandro The Mushroom Farmer
Here's another one of those totally real but incredibly specific job titles. You don't really think of mushrooms as something that need to be farmed on their own, right? Like, wouldn't they just grow along with vegetables and fruit like any other farm? Apparently not, because Alejandro is making it happen all on his own. Mushrooms are in so many foods and used in basically every restaurant ever that it would probably be a pretty lucrative business, right? Maybe? I know, I'm reaching.
It seems to be working for this guy, though, even if it didn't secure him that Bachelor win. It sounds like a pretty chill job, too. More power to him, although it's hard to imagine how anyone could be passionate about growing a fungus. A delicious fungus, yes, but still a fungus.
5 JJ The Pantsapreneur
This dude, from Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette, was definitely confusing to me at first. I mean, is "pantaspreneur" even a word? According to JJ, it is, and it seems to have made him very successful in his job which is actually making wild pants with crazy patterns. They're kind of like the guy version of Lularoe leggings, except way less tight. And it definitely seems to be working for JJ, even if I seriously question the way he chooses to describe his career.
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to convince Andi that she should spend the rest of her life with him, but that's totally fine. I'm sure he'll find a woman who loves him and who loves pants. She's gotta be out there somewhere, right?
4 Mark The Pizza Entrepreneur
This one is truly puzzling. Mark, pray tell, what does a pizza entrepreneur do exactly? I mean, pizza is delicious, and a pretty good market to be in, since everyone loves it — who can argue with that? But how many ways are there to change pizza that wouldn't make it weird or worse? It's dough, sauce, cheese, toppings. Sometimes it comes in a square, sometimes it's a circle, but it's simple and delicious. The simplicity is what makes it work, Mark! Don't ruin a good thing!
Although, if he's working on ways to get pizza to my house even faster, that I can get on board with. In that case, Mark is clearly doing his part to improve our world. Hats off to you, sir.
3 Shawn The Sex Coach
I don't doubt that a sex coach is an actual profession — although they're probably more commonly known as sex therapists. But, um, the "amateur" part of his job title is what gets me. Does that mean he's still studying or doing some kind of apprenticeship? Or does it mean he's actually just a sleazy dude who thinks he's so good at sex that he should be coaching other people how to do it? Yeah, that doesn't sound like a guy I would want to date at all.
I'm not sure what the truth is, but it's not surprising that Kaitlyn Bristowe ended up with the other Shawn on her season of The Bachelorette. It didn't seem like she and this guy had all that much in common, anyway!
2 James The Bachelor Superfan
Sweet, precious James was just too cute on JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette, mainly because of his love of the show. I'm pretty sure he had a job other than just obsessing over The Bachelor, because I doubt that pays very well, but he was pretty excited to meet Chris Harrison and actually set foot in the iconic mansion. After all, I know I'd be! Unfortunately, his love and knowledge of the show didn't get him ahead with JoJo, but it seems like he had fun just having the experience.
James, if "Bachelor superfan" ever becomes a paying gig, just let me know. I definitely want to get in on that! I mean, I already do it for free, so why not get paid?
1 Emily & Haley The Professional Twins
Being a twin is kind of a ridiculous job title, but these two ladies definitely made it work! They first appeared on Ben Higgins' season of The Bachelor, and it's easy to tell that they're not only sisters but also best friends — and they're actually really, really funny. I fell in love with them right away and then came to love them even more on Bachelor in Paradise last summer, and now, they're getting their own show, so if being a professional twin wasn't a legit job a couple of years ago, it is now!
Of course, if you think about it, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were the first set of professional twins, so maybe this career has been around a lot longer than I thought. Maybe Emily and Haley are the next Olsen twins? I wouldn't bet against them!