Creating cat memes is officially a paying job
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Creating cat memes is officially a paying job

10 Jun 2013

A job posting online is seeking a fully qualified cat meme generator to work on a freelance basis in London for a fee of stg£200 to stg£300 per week.

While LOLcats and the ensuing cat image macros that populate the internet on a daily basis are products of the digital age, the popularity of pictures combing cute cats with humorous text dates back to the 19th century. And now you can even make a career out of it.

The (dream) job opening is with Memrise, an educational company that uses fun images to aid in learning new things, such as languages. It’s the company behind CatAcademy, an iPhone app that teaches Spanish through images of cats.

The pilot version of the app was released earlier this year but, to further develop CatAcademy, more cute and funny cat images are required. The cat meme generator will be tasked with creating these images, and there are even three office cats at hand to help.

While the pay scale is negotiable based on experience (giving any Reddit, 4chan or 9GAG contributor an advantage), somewhere in between st£200 and stg£300 a week is suggested and the temporary position is expected to last for about a month.

Necessary qualities include a love of cats, Photoshop skills and a good sense of humour, while an interest in learning new languages is a plus.

The meme-maker will have no shortage of artistic inspiration when they start work on the gallery-filled Vyner Street, located in London’s East End, and Memrise also promises perks such as free lunches in a local Venetian restaurant, enough holiday time to learn a new language, occasional business trips to Europe and the US and performance-related bonuses.

Interested candidates can apply for the position until 21 June.

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke was editor of Silicon Republic until 2023, and is now the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. Elaine joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She later served as managing editor before stepping up as editor in 2019. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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