Sure, Emily Maynard looks good holding all those roses, but being surrounded by hunky man meat on The Bachelorette won’t bring home the bacon forever. While Emily made a reported $250,000 to be the Season 8 Bachelorette, she’s got a day job — and so do her predecessors! Behind those pretty faces are dynamic brains full of marketable skills. Check out the resumes of the past and present Bachelorettes:
Emily Maynard, Season 8
Before winning Brad Womack’s final rose on The Bachelor, Emily was rapidly climbing the journalism ladder — specifically, television broadcast journalism. Emily was the host of the Speed Channel’s podcast, Emily On The Scene, in 2006, and then served as host for the behind-the-scenes racing TV show Three Wide Life. After her screen time on The Bachelor, Emily returned to her constant full-time job as mom to 6-year-old daughter, Ricki, and also took on another gig at a North Carolina children’s hospital as their event planner.
Ashley Hebert, Season 7
In December 2011, just six months after falling for JP Rosenbaum on The Bachelorette, Ashley Hebert graduated from The University of Pennsylvania Dental School with a 3.96 GPA. Ashley will soon be starting her residency in Philadelphia — and in preparation, Team Cupcake has relocated to Princeton, New Jersey, to be halfway(ish) between NYC, where JP works, and Ashley’s new job.
Ali Fedotowsky, Season 6
Ali infamously left Jake Pavelka’s Bachelor season in order to keep her job as an advertising accounts manager at Facebook. Then, in 2010, Ali quit her job at Facebook to fall in love with Roberto Martinez on The Bachelorette. Today, Ali is neither with Roberto nor back working at Facebook; instead, the bubbly blonde is the host of a new travel show, 1st Look, airing on NBC.
DeAnna Pappas, Season 4
DeAnna Pappas is now married to Bachelor sibling Stephen Stagliano and guest-starring as herself on new TV shows. But before The Bachelorette, this Georgia peach paid the bills working a variety of jobs — including managing a restaurant and selling houses with her real estate license.
Jillian Harris, Season 5
Jillian Harris was born to be on television — but it wasn’t her first career! Before her face time on ABC as The Bachelorette, Jilly had her own restaurant design business. The spunky Canadian’s managed to merge both of her professional lives into two more small screen gigs, on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and as the host of Canada’s Next Handyman.
Jennifer Schefft, Season 3
Jennifer Schefft is a woman of many hats. This Bachelorette worked as an account executive at Getty Images in Chicago before getting engaged to tire prince Andrew Firestone on The Bachelor. Today, Jen is happily married to banker Andrew Waterman – and also gainfully employed as a public relations executive. She also recently wrote a book called Better Single Than Sorry: A No-Regrets Guide to Loving Yourself and Never Settling. Jen and Andrew live in Chicago with their daughter.
Meredith Phillips, Season 2
Meredith Phillips is both a pretty face and trained professional chef. No wonder she was chosen to be the second Bachelorette! The brunette beauty, who has appeared in print campaigns for Nordstrom, Land’s End, and Microsoft, studied cooking at The New School in New York City — and is also published cookbook author. Cooking actually helped Meredith find her husband, filmmaker Fritz Manger! According to Meredith Phillips.com, Mer and Fritz met on the first night of cooking school. Cue the “aws.”
Trista Sutter (Nee Rehn), Season 1
Back in 2002, Trista Rehn (now Sutter) worked as a physical therapist by day, and honed her rock-hard abs as a dancer for the Miami Heat by night. Of her dancing gig, Trista told ESPN: “Our rehearsal schedule was pretty grueling. We rehearse Monday through Thursday, two to three hours a night, and I had a full-time job at the time.” The grueling schedule must have prepared her for chasing her two kids around; today, ten years after meeting (and then marrying) Ryan Sutter on The Bachelorette, Trista works hard as a stay-at-home mom in Colorado.