Job Opening: Watch Netflix For a Living

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Sitting in front of the TV during a massive Netflix binge is an activity usually reserved for vacation time or sick days. But for some lucky film buffs, watching Netflix can be a full-time job.


Netflix recently posted an online application for a "tagger" based in the UK or Ireland. Successful applicants will be paid to watch new content, enjoying flexible hours and the ability to work from home.

Here's what you need to know:

The life of a tagger isn't just fun and games and watching exclusive new episodes of everyone's favorite Netflix shows before anyone else. Taggers hold the responsibility of analyzing content and rating it according to more than 100 different data points. These tags, in conjunction with specialized algorithms, then power Netflix's personalized recommendation system.

Netflix's genre recommendations are often hilariously specific, inspiring the Tumblr account, "Genres of Netflix." With the help of taggers, Netflix knows exactly which Dark Tearjerker Featuring a Strong Female Lead you might like best.

Based on the attention the job opening has already gotten, the competition will be stiff. "We have around 40 or so taggers at the moment and are looking for one or two more," Todd Yellin, VP of Product Innovation for Netflix, told TechRadar.

To find out more about the story behind the company's 76,897 micro-genres, check out Fusion Live's conversation with Alexis Madrigal, who wrote about how Netflix solved the mystery of what to watch next.

Alexandra DiPalma is a producer for Fusion Lightworks, Fusion’s In-house Branded Content Agency.