The Real-Life Jobs Of ‘Bachelor’ And ‘Bachelorette’ Contestants
Some of these jobs are really out there!
ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” franchises have been going strong for two solid decades. Each new season, loyal Bachelor Nation fans tune in to follow a new contestant’s journey to find love.
Inevitably, the drama, the romance and the absurdity only grow bigger each year as the roses are handed out. As if that’s not enough, the so-called “occupations” listed with each contestant have gone from conventional to downright kooky. It makes sense though, as the people who sign up for the show have to leave their jobs for up to two months for filming and nobody gets that many vacation days from a standard 9 to 5.
Here are some of the most memorable occupations listed by contestants on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” over the years and what their actual jobs were.
Heather Martin — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 23
Job Title: Never Been Kissed
Actual Job: Aspiring Food Critic
This 23-year-old California native’s “job title” comes from one of her first conversations with Bachelor Colton Underwood. She revealed that, like him, she is a virgin, but she also has never been kissed. Only time will tell if he wins a kiss and what her new job title will be. She says she’d love to be a food critic, but we still don’t know what she actually does for work.
Erin Landry — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 23
Job Title: Cinderella
Actual Job: Home Improvement
Erin arrived to meet Colton in one of the most memorable ways by rolling up in a horse-drawn carriage to match her “Cinderella” job title. The Dallas resident has also been playing up her Cinderella status on her Instagram with photo captions. It’s not all fairy godmothers for her, she works full time for her stepmother’s home improvement business. Unlike the real-life Cinderella, we’re assuming Landry gets paid for her work!
Alex Dillon — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 23
Job Title: Sloth
Actual Job: Staffing Company Account Manager
Who doesn’t love a sloth, or aspire to have their devil-may-care attitude toward urgency? Alex’s bio explains her unique descriptor a bit more: “Alex talks fast, but tends to move slowly … verrrrrrrrrrry slowly.” While her job title may be a little unconventional we have to applaud her sense of humor and self-awareness! Her actual job is working as an account manager for an IT staffing agency based in the Boston area.
Ryan Peterson — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 14
Job Title: Banjoist
Actual Job: Landscape Designer
Ryan tried to strum his way to Becca Kufrin’s heart, but they didn’t quite find harmony together. He does play banjo in a bluegrass band with his family, but his real job is as a landscape designer and contractor in Massachusetts. While Kufrin ended up with Garrett Yrigoyen (and the two are still going strong!), maybe there’s a future “Bachelor” season with Ryan Peterson’s name on it. Music-lovers need apply!
Kamil Nicalek — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 14
Job Title: Social Media Participant
Actual Job: Fitness Trainer
Who isn’t a social media participant these days? Kamil didn’t make it very far on Becca’s season — for reasons outside of his questionable job title — but he briefly found love with Annaliese Puccini on the fifth season of “Bachelor in Paradise.” His bio is actually much more robust than just social media activity. He’s a soccer player turned fitness model, trainer and influencer. That all sounds much more interesting, doesn’t it?
Tayshia Adams — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 23
Job Title: Phlebotomist
Actual Job: Phlebotomist
Finally! A contest who used her actual job title since it’s not so common. As a phlebotomist, Tayshia draws blood for a living. Since being on the show, her Instagram account has filled up with many beautiful travel photos, so it would seem she hasn’t been stuck in the lab or seeing as many patients lately. One thing that’s likely sure about Adams: She must have a pretty strong stomach. You couldn’t take blood for a living if you didn’t.
Evan Bass — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 12
Job Title: Erectile Dysfunction Specialist
Actual Job: Erectile Dysfunction Specialist
Yep, that’s his actual job. Who knew this was an actual job? We certainly did not. Bass proved that no matter how awkward your job title is, there’s a special someone for everyone. He didn’t find love on “The Bachelorette” Season 12, but fared much better in “Bachelor in Paradise.” He met and married “The Bachelor” alum Carly Waddell, and now the couple have a child together. Awww.
Carly Waddell — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 19
Job Title: Cruise Ship Singer
Actual Job: Cruise Ship Singer
Perhaps it’s not too surprising Waddell and Bass ended up together since they both listed their actual occupations for their appearances on the show. Nothing to hide here, folks! She studied musical theatre performance at both the University of Oklahoma and New York University. Recently, the performer seems to have put music on the back burner to focus on her growing family.
Reegan Cornwell — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 19
Job Title: Donated Tissue Specialist
Actual Job: Real Estate Agent
Reegan incorporated her unique job title into her meet-cute with Chris Soules on season 19. She walked up to the mansion carrying a cooler that wasn’t stocked with drinks, as one might expect — but instead with what looked like a human heart. That’s an entrance to remember!
Now, she’s married and working in real estate, in Dallas, Texas, so it seems she’s left her old career behind for the time being.
Emily & Haley Ferguson — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 20
Job Titles: Twins
Actual Jobs: Waitresses
It’s true, these ladies are twins. But they do hold down a few jobs in addition to this descriptor. When they appeared on the show, they were lifestyle bloggers and cocktail waitresses at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub in Las Vegas. Now, they fill their time creating Insta-worthy photos and practicing Pilates. While neither twin ultimately ended up with “Bachelor” Ben Higgins’ heart, Emily stuck around until week seven after her twin sister went home in week four.
Daniel Maguire — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 12
Job Title: Canadian
Actual Job: Personal Trainer
Instead of using his actual profession as a personal trainer for his job title, Daniel opted for patriotism. He proudly identified as a Canadian on his time competing for JoJo Fletcher’s heart on Season 12 of “The Bachelorette.” If only that were an actual paying job, you’d have a very happy nation to the north of us right now! Now, his Instagram bio has expanded to include titles like reality TV personality, online meal plans and research consultant.
Alex Blumberg — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 23
Job Title: Dog Rescuer
Actual Job: Dog Rescuer
At first glance, this occupation sounds like someone who has adopted a few dogs and is proud of it, but it turns out to be Alex’s real job. According to her bio, Alex owns a successful dog rescue business. Apparently, she travels the world looking for four-legged friends to save through an organization called Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research (CAARE), which advocates against the use of animals for scientific research.
Catherine Agro — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 23
Job Title: DJ
Actual Job: Real Estate Agent
Now, DJ isn’t the craziest of occupations on its own, but it’s a bit wackier when you learn that Catherine is actually a commercial real estate agent by day. By night, the Florida resident is DJ Agro, “an up-and-coming hip-hop DJ making a name for herself on the Ft. Lauderdale club scene.” Her profile also reveals her body is tattoo-free because “you don’t put a bumper sticker on a Ferrari.”
Raichel Goodyear — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 15
Job Title: Manscaper
Actual Job: Esthetician
Rachel definitely could have flown under the radar as a run-of-the-mill esthetician. Instead, she opted for “Manscaper” as her job title and brought her profession into the spotlight on night one when she waxed Bachelor Brad Womack’s arm. While she didn’t ultimately find love with Womack (she was eliminated in week two), we wonder if her list of male clientele increased after appearing on the show.
Hannah Godwin — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 23
Job Title: Content Creator
Actual Job: Blogger
Hannah works behind and in front of the camera for her social media business and blog. Godwin has a degree in business marketing, which she says she transitioned into from her first love of photography. She now has a growing Instagram following, no doubt buoyed by her regular appearances on Monday nights trying to win Colton’s heart on “The Bachelor.” She posts about fashion, lifestyle and beauty on her blog.
James Spadafore — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 12
Job Title: Bachelor Superfan
Actual Job: Unknown
The biggest surprise on this job title is truly that it didn’t come sooner. There was not one official “Bachelor Superfan” competing for roses until Season 12 of “The Bachelorette,” when James took the title. Despite his superfan title, he didn’t make it past the second week two of JoJo Fletcher’s search for love. He proved his fan status by participating in “The Bachelor” brackets, but otherwise has kept a seriously low digital profile.
Kelly Travis — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 18
Job Title: Dog Lover
Actual Job: Construction Business Development
In a very smart move, Travis promoted herself on Juan Pablo Galavis’ season as “dog lover” instead of playing up her real job working in business development for a construction company. She also brought along her own dog, Molly, to meet Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis in season 18. After she was eliminated, she went back home to Atlanta and reunited with her now-husband Hunter. The couple welcomed their first child, a baby boy, on June 5, 2018.
Alexis Waters — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 21
Job Title: Aspiring Dolphin Trainer
Actual Job: Influencer
Alexis made a splash on night one of “The Bachelor” Season 21 when she wore a shark costume, convinced it was actually a dolphin. While she only made it until week five of Nick Viall’s quest for love, you can follow her latest antics, selling hoop earrings and a variety of Insta-popular items, on her Instagram account — where she has just over 400,000 followers and plugs plenty of products to help keep the lights on.
Brandon Howell — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 12
Job Title: Hipster
Actual Job: Aspiring Actor
As it probably obvious to anyone reading this article (or to dedicated fans of the show) because many contestants are actors or models, they often swap occupations for something a bit more unique and unexpected. Brandon was an aspiring actor when he went on “The Bachelorette” Season 12. Since that didn’t seem to pass muster, his job title for the show became “hipster.” That seems way more acceptable now, doesn’t it?
Lucy Aragon — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 18
Job Title: Free Spirit
Actual Job: Unemployed
When in doubt, get creative. Aragon opted for the hippest (or hippiest) way to say unemployed. Her Instagram, which showcases photos from her worldwide travels, includes “free spirit” as well as mermaid, adventurer, lover and more in her bio. As a contestant on Juan Pablo’s season of “The Bachelor,” Aragon went home after week three. It turns out she dated Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel around the time she appeared on the show, so her not-exactly-single status may have had more to do with her elimination than her “free spirit.”
Tara Eddings — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 19
Job Title: Sport Fishing Enthusiast
Actual Job: Partnership Manager
While fishing enthusiast was listed as her job title, Tara’s real job was as a partnership manager for a surgical supply company. This enthusiastic lady didn’t last long on Season 19, as Bachelor Chris Soules eliminated her in week two — this despite her arrival to the first episode dressed as a farm girl hoping to impress Soules, who is a fourth-generation farmer from Iowa. But Eddings certainly knows there are more fish in the sea, and she married Boston Bruins defenseman Stephen Kampfer in 2018.
Tiara Soleim — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 20
Job Title: Chicken Enthusiast
Actual Job: Dental Assistant
When she vied for bachelor Ben Higgins’ heart, Tiara Soleim’s introductory video showed her spending ample time with her chickens. Not the most conventional start but, nobody could question that she was enthusiastic about her poultry! The video showed her playing with all her pet chickens, but lately she also enjoys riding and talking to horses. When not hanging out with her animals, she was actually employed as a dental assistant, but “tooth enthusiast” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it?
J.J. O’Brien — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 10
Job Title: Pantsapreneur
Actual Job: Executive
The clever job title he chose certainly showed that J.J. O’Brien was a creative contestant. But he actually did design and make pants for a living. During the tenth season, Bachelorette Andi Dorfman even scored a pair of paisley-print pants from his collection, Hem Haus. This former Pantsapreneur has apparently moved on to new ventures, and, according to LinkedIn, is now vice president of strategy for PAX Labs. A little more boring than his old job but probably a little more secure.
Ryan McDill — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 11
Job Title: Junkyard Specialist
Actual Job: Actor
While many contestants toe the drunken line during their time on “The Bachelorette,” Ryan crossed way over it and also made lewd comments and groped one of the Bachelorettes. He alienated other contestants right out of the limo and didn’t stay long enough for any of us to understand what his career entailed, but he later said he was a comedian and actor. His antics were so inappropriate that host Chris Harrison wasted no time kicking him out of the mansion.
Lucas Yancey — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 13
Job Title: Whaboom
Actual Job: Actor
His “Whaboom” antics may have entertained Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay for a few episodes before she sent Lucas Yancey packing. However, her other suitors were not amused by him. According to his website, Lucas is actually an actor in Los Angeles and still promotes “Whaboom” (though the rest of us still don’t know what that means). He’s been spotted on several red carpets in the years since he was on the show, including appearing at the 2018 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
Shawn Evans — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 11
Job Title: Amateur Sex Coach
Actual Job: Real Estate Broker
We can all only hope that he’s a professional by now, but Shawn just might still holding onto his amateur status to qualify for the next Olympics. Either way, Amateur Sex Coach was one very unexpected job title. It didn’t work in Shawn’s favor on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of “The Bachelorette,” though. Since then, he’s apparently launched a podcast and gained a few more certifications in other specialties including as a personal trainer, at least that’s according to his Instagram bio.
Jonathan Treece — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 13
Job Title: Tickle Monster
Actual Job: Family Doctor
This is one job title that crossed the line from funny to slightly creepy. Jonathan Treece, an actual medical doctor in reality, definitely didn’t tickle Rachel Lindsay’s fancy during her tenure on season 13 of “The Bachelorette.” Undeterred, Dr. Treece once again looked for lasting love on season 4 of “Bachelor in Paradise.” Jonathan is apparently serious about that tickling career, as even his Instagram handle is @dr.ticklemonster. I’m sure that’s going to earn him tons of attention from the ladies.
Rebekah Martinez — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 22
Job Title: Nanny
Actual Job: Podcaster
When she was trying her hand at winning Arie Luyendyk’s heart on season 22 of “The Bachelor,” Rebekah Martinez’s occupation was listed as nanny and many thought she looked way too young to be a serious contestant — but she was. Now, she’s one of the hosts of the “Chatty Broads” podcast that talks about “The Bachelor” episodes. Rebekah is also expecting a baby and, if you follow her on Instagram, you can see she never misses an episode of the show.
Peyton Wright — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 10
Job Title: Sorority Recruiter
Actual Job: Marketing Coordinator
Peyton Wright made a bid for Bachelor Andy Baldwin’s heart in season 10 of the show. After a few weeks of trying her best, he decided to let her go. Peyton’s job title of sorority recruiter certainly got people talking but, in reality, she was actually a marketing coordinator at the time the show aired. She also ended up appearing on “Bachelor Pad.” Everything seems to have worked out nicely for Peyton, though, as she’s currently working as a designer and is employed by HGTV along with her husband.
Erica Rose — ‘The Bachelor’ Season 9
Job Title: Socialite
Actual Job: Attorney
Erica Rose wore a tiara in hopes of wooing Prince Lorenzo Borghese in “The Bachelor: Rome,” but that didn’t earn her the final rose, despite her fitting last name. Several years later, her wedding to Chuck Sanders brought many alums of “The Bachelor” together for a very fancy event. Rose’s life isn’t all soirees and tiaras though, as she works as an attorney in Dallas, Texas for her day job. Standing on your feet and arguing in a courtroom is a far cry from the socialite lifestyle!
Alejandro Velez — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 8
Job Title: Mushroom Farmer
Actual Job: Entrepreneur
There have been other farmers and agricultural career paths listed by contestants on both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” but it was Velez’s specific profession that made it so intriguing. In reality, he is involved in agriculture and actually co-founded the start-up company Back to the Roots, which provides customers with easy ways to grow their own veggies in any setting. The company has apparently been quite profitable, so Emily Maynard may have missed out during season 8 of “The Bachelorette.”
Tony Harris — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 11
Job Title: Healer
Actual Job: Personal Healer
The producers of “The Bachelorette” may have picked his job title for him, but Tony Harris embraced the monicker of healer so much that he turned it into his own website and started calling himself Tony the Healer. The native of St. Louis, Missouri actually sent himself home during Kaitlyn Bristowe’s time as the Bachelorette during the show’s 11th season, but he is still apparently working as a personal healer in real life.
Mark Huebner — ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 5
Job Title: Pizza Entrepreneur
Actual Job: Pizza Entrepreneur
While everyone is supposed to come on “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” for “the right reasons” (aka finding lasting love), some end up walking away with just enough fame to kickstart a new career. After Mark left “The Bachelorette” during season 5, which featured Jillian Harris in the starring role, he opened up a business that matched his original job title. Mark’s business, the Denver Pizza Co., is in Colorado even though he is originally from Woodstock, Illinois.