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 Wiki/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 never-ending crusader for justice on the off hours]] doesn't count.
# The occupation must be one that ''rarely'' shows up in comic books. Fighting is already common in comics, thus, "{{Vigilante}}", and any violent 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.
# {{Rule 34}} and PowerPerversionPotential are kind of a given, so no listing "sex worker", "escort" or "prostitute" in any of these categories.
# 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
%%** TimeMaster
** TimeTravel
** TheMaker
** SuperIntelligence
** {{Shapeshifting}} ({{Humanshifter}}, SexShifter and SizeShifter being exceptions.)


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 everyday applications of fantastic powers in general and SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids for other examples that fall under the rules of this game.

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!!Examples:

* 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 and security
** Crowd control
** Contact sports official

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

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

* CastingAShadow
** Espionage (Including Corporate, which isn't often seen in fiction).
** Stage magician
** Emergency blackout station
** Light pollution counteraction at an astronomical observatory

* CharmPerson [[note]]The difference between this and CompellingVoice is that the latter directly tells someone what to do. This power makes them more pleasant and attentive to the caster, and/or more considerate to the caster's needs or desires.[[/note]]
** Child services [[note]]Particularly for troubled or maladjusted youth. Will also need strict regulation to protect their rights.[[/note]]
** Family counseling
** Hostage negotiator

* ColdFlames
** Stage magician (for tricks involving fire)
** Mood lighting[[note]]as long as it's not dangerously cold[[/note]]
** Air conditioning if it's actually cold

* CombatTentacles
** Massage therapist
** One-man band
** Concierge
** Juggler
** Housewife/househusband

* CompellingVoice:
** Addiction recovery counselor
** Crowd control, to prevent panic and riots [[note]]Where immediate safety outweighs personal rights.[[/note]]
** Motivational speaker
** Personal training
** Hostage negotiation [[note]]Where immediate safety outweighs personal rights as well.[[/note]]
** Scheduling Assistant
** Suicide watch or negotiator

* DetectEvil
** Any type of civil service, justice department or public relations profession. Preferably 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]]
** Corporate Recruiter
** Any sort of managerial or leadership position.

* DishingOutDirt:
** Landscaping
** Construction
** Mining
** Excavation
** Soil trade
** Disaster response for landslides, earthquakes, or sinkholes.

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

* DreamSpying
** Search and rescue
** Psychiatrist

* DreamWeaver
** Therapist
** Messenger

* EmotionControl
** Suicide prevention counselor / hotline operator.
** Riot control.
** Priest / Missionary / Televangelist
*** An ethical use of this power would be to instill a sense of hope, community and peace of mind among your flock, or to help console people experiencing grief.
** Anger management counselor

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

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

* ExtraOreDinary:
** Demolition
** Foreman
** Mining
** Manufacturing
** Sculptor

* ExtremeOmnivore
** Demolition
** Landscaping
** Waste disposal

* {{Flight}}:
** Courier
** 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] 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
** Magician
** Demolition
** Human trash compactor

* GreenThumb:
** Farmer
** Horticulturist
** Aromatic
** Herbalist
** Spice trader
** Aromatherapist
** Florist
** Flood control -- through quick growing barriers
** Crowd control -- the same
** Demolition -- tree roots can break open stone
** Landscaper
** Salad chef

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

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

* HealingFactor:
** Source of transplant organs [[note]]For compatible individuals[[/note]]

* {{Humanshifting}}
** Espionage (Including Corporate, which isn't often seen in fiction).
** 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

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

* {{Immortality}}
** Historian
** Legal counsel[[note]]As generations pass or jobs are handed down to different people, the original context of certain texts, laws, or speeches may become lost. An immortal counsel (assuming their memory is reliable) can provide insight into the intended context. However, they should NOT have final say over how it's interpreted, because they may succumb to a NostalgiaFilter.[[/note]]
** Stock trader
** Safety inspector/tester
** Test Pilot

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

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

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

* LivingLieDetector
** Police interrogator
** Witness examiner
** Job interviewer
** Probation or parole officer
** Professional gambler (poker, in particular)

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

* MakeThemRot:
** Organic trash disposal
** Demolitions expert
** Soil creator
** Brewer or vintner, using the power to ferment grain or fruit

* 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)
** Actor. The role doesn't even have to be of a human.
** Magician

* MultiArmedMultitasking:
** Massage therapist
** One-man band
** Concierge
** Juggler
** Housewife/househusband
** Pro gamer [[note]]Two hands on the keyboard, one on the mouse[[/note]]

* {{Necromancer}} [[note]] Limiting this to the literal meaning of Necromancer, meaning "speaking to the dead", as "controlling the dead" violates the spirit of "Profession cannot violate the body, mind, sanity or sanctity of a person" even if the dead have fewer rights than the living[[/note]]
** Estate Attorney [[note]] If there is a dispute regarding the will of the deceased or the wishes thereof, one could just ask[[/note]]
** Grief Councilor [[note]] Everyone has something they wish they had said to a loved one before they died. This just makes it easier[[/note]]
** Witness Assistant [[note]] Who better to call to take the stand at a murder trial than the victim themselves?[[/note]]
** Historian [[note]] If able to speak to those who have been dead for a sufficiently long time.[[/note]]

* NighInvulnerability
** Firefighter
** Civilian demolitions expert
** Hazard control
** Safety inspection
** Animal control
** Crash test dummy
** Live target practice
** Volcanologist, and other research in dangerous environments
** Professional Wrestler (assuming [[ProWrestlingIsReal Pro Wrestling isn't real]])
** Stunt person

* {{Omniglot}} [[note]] Assuming that it is a superpower and that there is no limit to what they can speak and understand[[/note]]
** Support staff for most of CompellingVoice
** Real-time Translator
** Books on Tape/Podcast
** Cultural Translator
** Speech Writer
** Animal Translator
** Archeologist
** Obscure Language Professor
** Obscure Language Scribe
** Symbology Professor
** Architect [[note]] From the same logic that an Omniglot can know where the best place to put the minimum of explosives for the maximum of demolition and that a fluent speaker can tell if a sentence is perfectly cromulent, wouldn't an Omniglot know if a building looks right by looking at the plans?[[/note]]
** Martial Arts Teacher [[note]] Body Language is a language.[[/note]]
** Marital Arts Consultant
** Demolitionist
** Contracts Lawyer
** Voice Actor
** Programmer
** Debugger
** White Hat Hacker
** Cryptologist

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

* PeoplePuppets
** Personal trainer
** Wish-fulfillment fantasy[[note]]Such as a little kid who wishes they could fight like Creator/BruceLee.[[/note]]
** Physical therapy
** Riot control [[note]]Subject to strict guidelines, only if things get violent and the need for public safety outweighs personal liberties.[[/note]]

* PlagueMaster [[note]]Assuming control of the diseases, including the ability to remove them.[[/note]]
** Vaccine creation
** Mass vaccinations
** Pandemic management
** Disease research
** Doctor

* PlayingWithFire:
** Firefighter
** Chef
** Glass production
** Limitless energy source
** Welding
** Sterilization -- particularly of sealed environments.
** Lighting

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

* {{Psychometry}}
** Archeology
** Identifying amnesiacs and/or corpses from their effects
** Expert witness about whether goods were stolen

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

* SexShifter
** A valuable subject of research or testimony regarding differences between biology.
** Actor/Actress (if both forms are recognizable, might be more useful as extras).
** Fashion/make-up model for both genders.
** Tailor for both genders.
** Personal trainer for both genders.

* SizeShifter
** Search and rescue
** Natural disaster prevention
** Many utility jobs, such as construction or telephone wire repair.
** Manufacturing and production, depending on where they get the extra size from and how stable it is.
** Most of the abilities listed in SuperStrength, depending on SquareCubeLaw.
** Some of the abilities listed in IncredibleShrinkingMan, if they can increase the size of other things and have enough space to do so.

* ShockAndAwe
** Limitless power source
** Lightning rod
** Electronics repair
** Stage magician
** Electrotherapist

* 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 ([[MakeTheDogTestify animal witnesses]])
*** Or a detective-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 commentary
** Sports officiating
** Pro athlete
** Pro gamer
** Juggling
** Stuntman

* SuperSenses
** Any type of inspection work
** Stage magician
** Security adviser
** Quality assurance
** Post-war minesweeper
** Any type of medical professional
** Astronomer (no need for a telescope!)
** Surveillance
** Chef (assuming enhanced senses include smell and taste)

* SuperSmoke:
** Building inspector
** Engine repairman: No need to take the engine apart! That is, given that no part actually needs to be removed.
** Search and rescue: Locating victims of fallen structures or cave-ins.

* SuperSpeed:
** Messenger/Delivery Service
** Census taker
** Human turbine
** Inspector/scout (get in and out quick)
** Typist
** Riddler [[note]]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. A quality wig usually takes 50 hours of labor to produce...[[/note]]
** Process Server -- not only to deliver but to get away safe -- so especially for serving processes on the superpowered.
** Rapper

* 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
** Professional Wrestling (assuming you have enough control to not hurt anyone by accident)
** Rescuer: clears fallen structures and cave-ins to free victims

* TalkingInYourDreams
** Messenger

* {{Telekinesis}} (including some forms of magnetism)
** Transportation of supplies ''especially'' for hard to reach locations
** 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
** Tasks in sterile or otherwise sealed environments
** Salvage of underwater items, or from other dangerous environments.
** Hazardous materials handling

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

* {{Technopath}}:
** Astronaut
** Pretty much any tech support or information technology job
** Online community manager
** Repairman
** Corporate Espionage
** Technological researcher
** Engineer
** Security and Surveillance Consultant

* {{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)
** Communication facilitation (Movie director wants a stage set like this? Telepath could put the image right in the set designer's thoughts.)

* VoiceChangeling
** Voice actor
** Musician
** Stand-up comedian/impressionist
** Virtually any customer service job over the phone
** Sound research (depending on how wide their range is)

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

* WeatherManipulation
** Meteorologist
** Drought relief
** Directing hurricanes and tornadoes away from populated areas
** Firefighter, especially effective for forest and grass fires
** Farmer or farm hand: who needs irrigation when you have controlled rainfall?
** Environmentalist/conservationist
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