Jobs for someone with an exceptionally pleasant voice
December 16, 2011 12:31 PM   Subscribe

What jobs require a very pleasant speaking voice?

I'm not looking to start up a career; my friend and I were just talking about this earlier. Besides the obvious like radio show host or audiobook reader, what's out there?
posted by jingle to Work & Money (23 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
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posted by Confess, Fletch at 12:36 PM on December 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


Voiceover work for ads, promos, training, etc. I also know someone who got hired to do all of the voicework for an automated phone system.
posted by jquinby at 12:41 PM on December 16, 2011


Crisis hotlines! Well, it's not required. but it helps.
posted by verbyournouns at 12:41 PM on December 16, 2011


I think it's also a pretty nice attribute for a teacher to have.
posted by shesbookish at 12:43 PM on December 16, 2011


Any customer service field. If you can keep calm and explain things well, a pleasant voice will bring you the rest of the way there.
posted by Think_Long at 12:47 PM on December 16, 2011


Classical radio announcer
posted by matildaben at 12:49 PM on December 16, 2011


Reception jobs. Anyone on NPR. Survey jobs.
posted by dovesandstones at 12:54 PM on December 16, 2011


Confidence artist, MLM marketer, car salesman
posted by Burhanistan at 12:55 PM on December 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


My uncle is the voice of iPad. He has also done a lot of book on tape reading and does voiceovers for television commercials [for products but also for stuff like "Fill out your census forms!"]. He narrates documentaries [the Ken Burns one on prohibition, that was him] and is often asked to comment about documentary stuff on topics he knows something about because he is well-spoken and sounds authoritative. There are people who read books out loud for the National Library of the Blind and other sorts of reading for disabled services in academic settings. Radio people are often people with great voices.
posted by jessamyn at 12:55 PM on December 16, 2011 [6 favorites]


It takes a special type of announcer to get me hyped up at a sports game just by the way they pronounce a player's last name.
posted by Echobelly at 12:55 PM on December 16, 2011


Phone operator.
posted by bq at 12:56 PM on December 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Sales/Marketing, especially outside sales. (Though this varies by customer/industry a bit)
posted by Seeba at 1:17 PM on December 16, 2011


Technical support.
posted by plinth at 1:18 PM on December 16, 2011


Sales, prostitution (which is sales), politician, trial lawayer, lobbyist (which is also prostitution), etc.
posted by Jon_Evil at 1:30 PM on December 16, 2011 [7 favorites]


Any kind of phone customer service. I'm actually on the phone with Verizon right now and the lady has a nice phone voice, and it is very helpful!
posted by radioamy at 1:46 PM on December 16, 2011


Airport announcers. "Mr. Doe, Mr. John Doe, please pick up a white courtesy telephone."
posted by seriousmoonlight at 1:54 PM on December 16, 2011


If you tend to give a lot of presentations, even if just in your office, a good speaking voice is a huge plus. There is nothing worse than sitting trough a presentation by someone who mumbles or uses really odd inflections or speaks in a monotone, etc. etc.
posted by Thorzdad at 2:16 PM on December 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


people who give bad news: such as the designated HR person who fires you or doctor that tells you that your leg has to be amputated
posted by udon at 3:07 PM on December 16, 2011


Fun question! The people recording "bear left... turn left in 500m" for GPS devices.
posted by tempythethird at 5:06 PM on December 16, 2011


Anyone on NPR
Hardly. They're journalists, not voice-over artists and most of them have rather dreadful voices, to my ear at least.

Anyone who has to announce things over a PA system, a concierge, receptionist, etc.
posted by Ideefixe at 7:15 PM on December 16, 2011


TV ad voiceover/spokesperson.
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 7:29 PM on December 16, 2011


Telephone interviewers (whether for Market research or academic research - also helps to be a good actor).
posted by jb at 9:31 PM on December 16, 2011


Politician.
posted by oceanjesse at 12:34 AM on December 17, 2011


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