Have you ever considered your attorney sexy (when you're not grumbling about how much you pay him)? I suppose thanks to TV shows like L.A. Law, lawyers do have a somewhat sexy image. The hero and heroine in my upcoming story for eRed Sage, Sex and the Single Pearl, are both attorneys. I don't particularly find attorneys sexy (especially since I've been dealing with a few for the past five years or so - ugh!), but the profession worked well for the story since the H/H begin as adversaries. Law is a good, adversarial profession and can get your H/H all worked up!
Another decidedly un-sexy profession is that of a librarian (although sitting in the library surrounded by books sounds pretty sexy to me). However, my heroine in my novella, Virgin of the Amazon (Secrets Vol. 21), is just that - a university librarian. I chose that profession for her because it's NOT sexy. She is, of course, the typically repressed librarian (I think that all started with Marian, Madame Librarian in The Music Man). What could be more sensuous than an uptight woman slowly unfurling for the right man?
I went for the opposite extreme in my novella, Hot on Her Heels (coming soon in Secrets Vol. 24). The heroine owns a male strip club in Vegas and the hero is a private investigator working undercover as...a male stripper. Again, their professions function as a plot device to bring them together on the one hand and put them at odds on the other.
For the same reasons, my H/H in Aphrodite's Fire (coming in the fall from eRed Sage) are both bounty hunters. Now, I don't find Duane "Dawg" Chapman sexy, but there's just something about a bounty hunter. Even the label, bounty hunter, is kind of sexy in an outlaw kind of way.
For me there are "sexy" professions and professions that can definitely lend themselves to sexiness and professions that I use just to make the story work better. I recently had to make sure I portrayed my cosmetic surgeon hero in an upcoming Intrigue as a selfless, heroic kind of doc who also worked in a children's burn unit because my editor didn't find cosmetic surgeons very sexy! Is she kidding? They're gods here in So Cal!
Are there any professions you find sexy? Any that you avoid? Any that make you go "ick"?