Which is precisely why they’re a dime a dozen in romance novels.
These occupations are traditionally masculine, involve physical activity, carry risk and danger, and allow the men to act as leaders or loners. Macho all the way.
The impressions readers have of certain occupations—whether accurate or inaccurate—help to create character because readers will assign their perceptions of the occupation to the hero himself. A Navy SEAL automatically will be perceived as masculine. An author would have to work very hard to convince readers that the male hairdresser, fashion designer or even corporate paper-pusher is really a tough guy.
However, that doesn’t mean authors can’t break out of the military/law enforcement occupation mold.
I did some brainstorming with my fireman hubby (fire fighter another increasingly popular romance hero occupation) and came up with a list of less common, but still manly jobs:
- Helicopter pilot
- Wilderness guide
- High-rise steel worker
- Commercial fisherman
- Hollywood stuntman
- Boat captain
- Demolitions expert
- Foreign correspondent/photojournalist
- Off shore oil rig worker
- Ultimate fighter
- Treasure hunter
- Forest ranger
What do you think? Do you have any to add to the list? What are your favorite romance hero jobs?