ComicBook {{Superhero}}es follow certain strict genre conventions: superhero costumes, {{Code Name}}s, [[SecretIdentity Secret Identities]], and [[LetsYouAndHimFight fights for absolutely no good reason]].

But we here at TVTropes love [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife ruining things you love]], so this page is here to [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstruct]] one question: are there no other, better things, that a DifferentlyPoweredIndividual could do with their abilities?

A few rules:

# The occupation must be what the superhuman does as the ''primary'' application of their powers. Being a [[{{Franchise/Superman}} mild-mannered reporter by day and a neverending crusader for justice on the off hours]] doesn't count.
# The occupation must be one that ''rarely'' shows up in comic books. Thus, "{{Vigilante}}", and any form of security, militarism or law enforcement, should be right out.
# The profession must not violate any person's body and mind, free will, agency or ownership unless said person ''willingly'' allows it or if the target would be deemed legally unfit to decide for themselves. So jobs like "Con Man" for {{Humanshift|ing}}er or "Politician" for CompellingVoice are disqualified.
# We must have a wiki page for said power already, such as SuperStrength and SuperSpeed. Or a combination, such as FlyingBrick.
# The power must be simple enough that NewPowersAsThePlotDemands is minimized as much as possible. The following abilities are banned, because the rules are either vague or how they operate varies from work to work.
** {{Seer}}
** RealityWarper
*** ImaginationBasedSuperpower
*** SemanticSuperpower
** TimeTravel
** TheMaker
** SuperIntelligence
** {{Shapeshifting}} (Humanshifting being an exception.)

See also: StockSuperpowers, MundaneUtility, BoxingLessonsForSuperman, ReedRichardsIsUseless and CutLexLuthorACheck.

See SuperhumanTrafficking when supers are ''forced'' into these types of tasks, and SuperRegistrationAct for how {{Muggles}} would likely categorize these job-seekers. See also MundaneUtility for every day applications of fantastic powers in general and SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids for other examples that fall under the rules of this game.

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!!Examples:

* AnIcePerson:
** Refrigeration
** Climate control
** Firefighting
** Ice sculpture
** Creating an ice rink


* AnimalEyeSpy
** Wildlife documentaries
** Game Keeper
** Lost pet rescue service
** Ecologist
** Search and Rescue

* AstralProjection
** Building Inspector
** News collector
** Search and rescue, especially in dangerous conditions, or time critical ones (such as identifying whether there are people in a burning building)

* AutoRevive
** Hazard control
** Drug testing (including poisons)
** Safety inspection
** Anatomically accurate crash-test dummy

* BarrierWarrior:
** Safety failsafe
** Crowd control
** Contact sports official

* TheBeastmaster
** Animal control
** Ranching
** Pigeon post
** Zookeeper
** Circus animal trainer

* BlowYouAway:
** Aerodynamic research
** Wind tunnel testing
** Just about anything to do with Ventilation
** Wind turbine

* CastingAShadow
** Espionage
** Stage magician
** Emergency blackout station
** Light pollution counteraction at an astronomical observatory

* CharmPerson
** Negotiator

* ColdFlames
** Stage magician (for tricks involving fire)

* CombatTentacles
** Massage therapist
** One-man band
** Concierge
** Juggler

* CompellingVoice:
** Addiction recovery counselor
** Motivational speaker
** Personal training
** Scheduling Assistant
** Hostage negotiation

* DetectEvil
** Any type of civil service, justice department or public relations profession. Preferrably as a clerk or advisor, separate from the person who makes final decisions.
** Ethics specialist at a law firm. Heavily depends on fineness of the skill.[[note]]If it's merely the ability to detect the presence or absence of evil in an area, [[EvilLawyerJoke it doesn't help you much]]. On the other hand, if it tells you where it's coming from and what kind of evil it is, then the skill can be put to good use.[[/note]]

* DishingOutDirt:
** Landscaping
** Construction
** Mining
** Excavation
** Soil trade
** WesternAnimation/MADMechanical

* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy[[note]]Assuming there's a way to target it.[[/note]]
** Historical research
** Accident investigation

* DreamSpying
** Search and rescue

* DreamWeaver
** Therapist
** Messenger

* EmotionControl
** Suicide prevention

* TheEmpath:
** Mediator for legal disputes or business negotiations
** Marriage counselor
** Sex therapist

* EyeBeams:
** Laser surgeons
** Welders
** Precision carving/sculpture

* ExtraOreDinary:
** Mining
** Manufacturing
** Sculptor

* ExtremeOmnivore
** Waste disposal

* {{Flight}}:
** Painters
** Cable guys
** Maintenance/custodial jobs (can access ceiling fixtures without a ladder, doesn't need to step on freshly waxed floors)
** Human weather balloon
** Safety monitor for skydivers or hang gliders
** Delivery service
** Window Washers
** Motion Picture Cameraman (save a LOT of money on helicopters and cranes)

* FlyingBrick:
** On-board air travel security (for preventing hijackings, safe evacuation or even catching falling planes)
** Towing service
** Construction worker
** Airliner engine
** Air combat target drone
** {{Superman}} (The TropeNamer)
*** Short-order cook. He can heat things up, move at superspeed, etc.
*** Space vehicle launch. He can put satellites into orbit much more cheaply and safely than a space rocket.
*** One SilverAge comic had the Man of Steel perform "super landscaping".
*** Robert P. Murphy lists a whole lot of professions that the Man of Tomorrow would be good at [[http://mises.org/daily/2242 here]].

* GravityMaster:
** Amusement park attraction
** Heavy lifting
** Propulsion/transportation
** Astronaut
** Human turbine

* GreenThumb:
** Farmer
** Horticulturist
** Aromatic
** Herbalist
** Spice trader
** Aromatherapist
** Florist

* {{Healer}}:
** Meat production (provided they can heal flesh but not resurrect)
** Beautician
** Plastic surgeon
** Paramedic / doctor

* HavingABlast:
** Mining
** Demolitions
** Human combustion engine

* {{Humanshifting}}
** Actor/Impressionist
** Stunt Double
** Professional Body Double/Decoy
** Therapist[[note]]Turning into dead loved ones to give closure, giving a shy person the courage to talk to a crush, stand up to an abuser, or ask a boss for a raise.[[/note]]
** Model
** Process Server

* {{Immortality}}
** Historian
** Stock trader
** Crash test dummy

* IncredibleShrinkingMan:
** Mechanical repair
** Locksmithing
** Watchmaking
** Building inspector
** Assistant to microsurgery

* IntangibleMan
** Surgery (XRayVision may also be needed)
** Disaster response
** Some locksmith services

* LightTheWay
** Exploration
** Search and rescue
** Laser surgery
** Welding
** Emergency light supply
** Tanning salon (depending on type/variety of light produced/controled)
** Lighting technician for film or photography.
*** On a related note, stage lighting.

* MadeOfIron
** Reconnaissance of dangerous situations
** Rescue in dangerous situations

* MagmaMan
** Volcanologist
** Geothermal energy producer
** Glass maker

* MakingASplash:
** Drought relief
** Irrigation
** Cleaning services
** Plumbing
** Human water turbine
** Firefighting
** Various types of fountains, sculptures and entertainment
** Flood relief
** Lifeguard

* MasterOfIllusion:
** Home entertainment
** Office presentation
** Ceremonies
** Movie Effects
** Simulated scenarios (ex. Recreating the events of a crime for the jury)

* NighInvulnerability
** Firefighter
** Civilian demolitions expert
** Hazard control
** Safety inspection
** Animal control
** Crash test dummy
** Live target practice
** Vulcanologist, and other research in dangerous environments

* PaperMaster:
** Records clerk
** Toymaker
** Origami artist
** Office organizer
** Corporate shredding
** Casino worker (dealing cards for blackjack, poker, etc.)

* PlayingWithFire:
** Firefighter
** Chef
** Glass production
** Limitless energy source
** Welding

* PowerCopying:
** Research & Development
** Training instructor

* SelfDuplication:
** One-man work crew
** One-man sports team
** Film extra
** Control group for research
** One-man dance crew

* ShockAndAwe
** Limitless power source
** Lightning rod
** Electronics repair

* SpeaksFluentAnimal
** Veterinarian
** Animal-human diplomat
** Animal trainer/educator
** Animal psychologist
** Neurologist [[note]]Figuring out what animals are really thinking and how their brains work has been a challenge for scientists since the dawn of human thought.[[/note]]
** Animal lawyer (yes, that's a thing)
** Court translator (animal witnesses!)
*** Or Investigator, if animal testimony isn't allowed in court, they could still be used to find other evidence.

* SuperReflexes
** Any type of caretaker position.
** Any type of medical profession.
** Any kind of work in dangerous environments (where other safety precautions are impractical).
** Play-by-play commentatary
** Sports officiating
** Pro athelete
** Juggling
** Stuntman

* SuperSenses
** Any type of inspection work
** Stage magician
** Security advisor
** Quality assurance
** Post war minesweeper
** Any type of medical professional
** Astronomer (no need for a telescope!)
** Surveillance

* SuperSmoke:
** Building inspector
** Engine repairman (no need to take the engine apart! (That is, given that no part actually needs to be removed))

* SuperSpeed:
** Messenger/Delivery Service
** Census taker
** Human turbine
** Typist
** Riddler [[note]]No, not [[ComicBook/TheRiddler that one]]. Riddling is the process of turning many of bottles of wine or champagne every day to prevent settlement. Imagine doing this over and over again for ''hours''.[[/note]]
** Wigmaking [[note]]They need to sew each individual hair in place one at a time. Each wig takes 50 hours of labor to produce...[[/note]]

* SuperStrength:
** Virtually any job that requires the movement of heavy materials/machinery.
** Depending on the volume and mass that can be moved at once and speed sacrificed, anything from mining, towing, cargo transportation, and landscaping.
** Any type of demolition/destruction or compaction work.
** Food pulping/mashing.
** Diamond production
** Human turbine, again

* TalkingInYourDreams
** Message delivery

* {{Telekinesis}} (including some forms of magnetism)
** Transportation of supplies ''especially'' for hard to reach locations, so
** Blockade runner during wartime
** Disaster relief.
** Cleaning. Lift dust off of surfaces, or simply lift all of the items on a crowded surface.
** Massage therapist

* {{Teleporter}}:
** Travel guide
** Messenger/Delivery Service
** Paramedic (particularly if (s)he can teleport others)
** Space shuttle (depending on their limits of carrying)

* {{Technopath}}:
** Pretty much any tech support or information technology job
** Technological research
** Surveilance

* {{Telepathy}}:
** Witness examiner [[note]]This will require ''strict'' regulations to avoid violating someone's rights.[[/note]]
** Psychotherapist
** Distance communication (dependent on range)
** Search (in Search and Rescue) (dependent on range)

* WalkingWasteland[[note]]Assuming there's a way to control/contain it.[[/note]]
** Deforestation
** Groundskeeping (needs extremely finite control)
** Pest control
** Corpse disposal

* WeatherManipulation
** Drought relief
** Directing hurricanes and tornadoes away from populated areas