by Cynthia Ortiz . December 1st, 2022
Are you tired of the same old career options? Do you dream of something a little more out of the ordinary? If so, you’re in luck! Several unique and strange jobs are out there that you may have yet to consider. Some of these careers may seem like a madman dreamed them up, while others may require a stroke of genius. Either way, they offer a refreshing change from the typical 9-to-5 job and may be just what you’re looking for.
If you have ever visited a candy store that offers tours or demonstrations of their production process, you may have come across the strange but fascinating job of a candy puller. These professionals are responsible for pulling large lumps of candy into thin rods while it is still pliable. They may also be responsible for creating designs and cutting the candy into appropriate shapes and sizes. In factory settings, candy pullers may also be responsible for ensuring the proper color and consistency of the finished products. Overall, this hands-on role requires great skill and precision to produce high-quality candies.
The Stanley Cup is a highly coveted prize fought annually by hockey players from Canada and the United States. It requires special care to remain shiny and pristine as a one-of-a-kind trophy. The person responsible for this task is the Keeper of the Cup, a combination of a museum curator and a nanny, traveling with the Cup to ensure it is well-maintained wherever it goes.
A paper towel sniffer is a unique job in odor judging. Paper towel companies hire these professionals to ensure that their products do not have any unwanted odors, as this could make them appear less clean. With a keen sense of smell, paper towel sniffers can distinguish between scented and unscented products. This is a highly specialized role with few job openings, so those interested in pursuing it may face competition similar to that of aspiring actors in Hollywood.
Have you ever watched Fear Factor and wondered if the gross foods consumed on the show are actually safe to eat? While they may seem dangerous, they are tested beforehand by a gross stunt tester. This professional is responsible for tasting the food before it is given to the contestants to ensure that it will not cause any medical emergencies during filming. In other words, the gross stunt tester acts as a human guinea pig, sampling the food to ensure the safety of the show’s participants.
It is well known that many animals rely on scent to locate other animals, whether they be friends, predators, or prey. However, the fragrances used for this purpose are often unpleasant and can even come from urine. As a result, there is a high demand within the hunting community for pure whitetail buck urine, which is valuable. The job of a urine farmer involves breeding and raising deer specifically to collect their urine. The urine farmer can sell the collected urine for upwards of $93,000 to $303,000 per year per deer. While it may seem like a simple job on the surface, it requires careful attention to quality, as a poor harvest can be a significant financial loss for the farmer.
Besides gross stunt tester, another dangerous and unusual job is that of a golf ball diver. These fearless individuals brave the dangers of the golf course’s water hazards, where they may encounter snapping turtles and even crocodiles to retrieve lost golf balls. This may be the perfect job for you if you have a sense of adventure and a love of golf. Just be prepared for potentially risky situations and a lot of time spent in the water. And if you get hungry or thirsty on the job, be sure to stop by the club diner for a refreshing glass of lemonade.
Most entrepreneurs know they must prove their product or service has demand by running it through a focus group. This group of critics usually comes from friends, family, and people they just happened to bring along. However, there are actually agencies that provide these groups and people with this job as their primary source of income.
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Cynthia is a digital marketing expert with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She started her career in sales and has since switched to SEO, specializing in off-page techniques like outreach and link building. Cynthia is passionate about helping businesses grow and succeed online. She contributes articles and content to help her clients' websites rank higher in search results. When she's not busy optimizing websites and building links, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the outdoors.