If I could get paid to drink wine for a living that would be the last anyone saw of me. I have a friend who just passed his high level sommelier exam but impressively, he still manages to make public appearances. Of course he’s much more of a functional drinker and test taker than I.
Shockingly, being a sommelier wasn't discussed in my high school career counseling. I didn't even know about it through college. I guess wine wizardry is kind of a secret society but it's fitting because as I said before -- it's also hard as hell to test into, anyway.
The California BAR exam is supposed to be one of the most daunting career tests out there but from what I’ve been told by many lower level “somms” the wine tests are much much harder. Even Forbes says somm tests are on par with most medical school tests. Personally, I don't have that kind of time or motivation to learn about wine but I have to respect the tiny fraction of people out there who do and have taken the master somm test, and passed.