Snapshot: If you have a good nose, memory for fragrance, and aren't too scared by a few years of chemistry-laden courses, then creative perfumer might be up your alley. After all, you devise fragrances all day. The job does require great patience: It can take hundreds of tries to get the right note in a fragrance, and then consumer testers often send you back to the drawing board.
Getting there: If you want a prestigious position, attend one of the top perfumer schools. For example, Procter & Gamble's three-year program or the Grasse Institute of Perfumery and Givaudan in France, which is free for the five students it admits every 18 months. Then it's a matter of experience; it can take five to 10 years to become a full-fledged creative perfumer.
Learn more: Stakes and Professions in Perfumery