9 jobs that are now cooler thanks to women on TV


9 jobs that are now cooler thanks to women on TV

Move over, doctors and lawyers

By Salva Mubarak  January 6th, 2017

Anybody who has been in the vicinity of a hospital or a courthouse will gladly disenchant you of any notions of Grey’s Anatomy-esque life-saving happening in the corridors of the hospital. TV shows have made being a doctor, or a lawyer who also helps you get away with murder, look so cool that you’d be forgiven for having completely glamorous opinions of these professions. But what about being a politician, or a waitress?

Thanks to an eclectic cast of female characters who stamped their coolness over alternative professions, these formerly unattractive jobs are being seen in a whole new light (and some for the first time ever).

9 jobs made cooler by women on TV 

Political lobbyist

We’re not saying that Olivia Pope’s designer wardrobe and genius manipulations on Scandal helped tilt the scales, but if looking fierce and flawless while troubleshooting matters of national importance is what the job entails, then sign us up.

Publishers

Kelsey Peters (Younger)

If you’re the kind of human who considers reading a waste of time (aaaaand we judged you), then you probably also thought that book publishing is a job better left to crusty old people who aren't ready to step into the 21st century. Allow Kelsey, who is a book editor AND runs her own imprint at the age of 26, to prove that this can’t be further from the truth. 

Private investigators

Jessica Jones (Jessica Jones)

P.Is are not always stubbled men in overcoats stinking of cigarette smoke who appear out of thin air. They can also be superheroes who are badass, have a whole arsenal of insults that are just waiting to be used on the next person who whistles at them while they're walking down the road and intelligent enough to stay one step ahead of the police and the baddies alike.

Bureaucrats

Leslie Knope (Parks and Rec)

Nobody says they want to be the person who asks you to go to counter No 26 for the license registration form after you’ve stood in the line for nearly 2 hours. But Leslie Knope’s unwavering enthusiasm for all things government and bureaucracy, and her collection of pantsuits, bring this job pretty close to being on top of our ‘what I want to be when I grow up’ list.

Medical examiners

Liv Moore (iZombie)

They’re almost-doctors and almost-detectives, but the job description mostly elicits shudders of disgust and the association with death lends them a general air of morbidity. Liv might have taken up the job because well, she's a zombie and needs a steady supply of human brains, but her partnership with the Seattle P.D and the way she cracks near-unsolvable crimes makes spending the better part of your day with the dead look pretty cool. Brain eating medical examiners: 1, Doctors: 0. 

Executive assistants

Donna (Suits) and Gina (Brooklyn 99)

Being at the beck and call of a boss who works round the clock, and expects you to follow suit, is not something a lot of people would think highly of. Gina, in the bullpen full of detectives and police officers, holds her own by bringing her street-smart skills to the table and saving the day on more than one occasion.

Waitress

Max and Caroline (2 Broke Girls)

You’d imagine waitressing to be a soul-sucking job where you have to smile and be nice despite however monstrous the person you’re serving may be. And wear terrible uniforms. But Max and Caroline have no time for customers who are not on their best behaviour. They’ll serve you a healthy dose of sass with a side of hipster-bashing faster than you can say "cheque please!"

Hospital administrator

Lisa Cuddy (House MD)

They are doctors but with the added responsibility of managing the hospital. Their fondness for rules and following procedures makes them the antithesis of the fun, sarcastic and breaking-the-rules-to-save-a-life doctors. Then we have Cuddy, who manages to make following hospital rules (and bending them when needed) look cool. 

Retail

Sabrina (Raising Hope)

Who knew that you could have fun stacking shelves and scanning groceries while being polite to the customer who for the millionth time wants to know if they have his favourite brand of cereal in stock is not a job that many would aspire to have. Sabrina, that’s who.