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15 Unusual but Clever Jobs You May Not Have Considered

by . 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.


Here are 15 jobs you probably never thought of.


15. Foley Artist



While not as obscure as some of the other careers on this list, the role of a foley artist is still unique and exciting. These professionals create film, television, and other media sound effects. They do this by using various objects and techniques to mimic the sounds of multiple things or actions. For example, a foley artist might use cut coconuts to create the sound of galloping horses or large boulders to simulate the footsteps of a dinosaur. It takes great creativity and resourcefulness to excel in this field, as foley artists must constantly find new ways to bring sounds to life on screen.


14. Candy Puller


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.


13. Human Scarecrow



Would you like a job that entails sitting in the middle of a cornfield with nothing but a book to read and a few snacks while waiting for partridges to scare you off? Then human scarecrow is the job for you. If you need some helpful tips for this strange job, ask Jamie Fox (not the actor). He uses an orange raincoat, an accordion, and a cowbell.


12. Lipstick Reader


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From crystal balls to tarot cards, there are many ways for fortune tellers to see into your future. But have you ever had your fortune told through your lipstick stain? These lipstick readers have you stain a “love card” with your lips and conjecture from your cosmetics.


11. Cup Keeper


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.


10. Paper Towel Sniffer


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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.


9. Gross Stunt Tester


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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.


8. Urine Farmer


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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.


7. Body Advertiser


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Marketing has always been about being unique and standing out within the crowd. This usually means an out-of-the-box commercial or a crisp website. However, some companies have decided to go a totally crazy route and pay for advertisement space on people’s bodies using temporary tattoos. One website boasts on its home page that you can make $5000 just by “leasing” your forehead.


6. Mystery Shopper



I find this one the most exciting of everything on this list. The middle point between a shopper and a secret agent, these people pose as actual shoppers to rate the quality of experience at the end of the day. Sometimes, they act like a normal customer, purchasing and asking the usual questions. Other times, they will pose quite irate to see how management deals with it. It’s theatre, espionage, and shopping at the same time. The information they gather helps the company determine how well they are doing and make necessary improvements.


5. Live Mannequin



Another odd job in retail, live mannequins, is precisely that. You get paid up to $100 an hour to wear the store’s clothes and pose all day. Stores pay for these people for two reasons: to show that their clothes look good on actual people and for customers to see the products in various poses.


4. Dice Inspector


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When luck is respected as an art form, any blemish on a dice is looked down upon and must be dealt with immediately. Dice inspectors are tasked with discovering differences in weight, proportion, and angles to ensure the player doesn’t have a winning or losing edge. Any dice that fails to pass the quality test gets sold or destroyed. But before you start hunting for these winning dice, note that they are marked with a seal, so you won’t be able to use them for games.


3. Professional Snuggler



These days, everything is a commodity, including hugs. In LA, Japan, and the UK, people are hired to lie down with you in bed and snuggle you. No sex is involved. Sometimes, Japanese services will even let you have the snuggler clean your ears for a more bizarre twist. At Madison, WI, you could avail of this odd service for as low as $60.


2. Golf Ball Diver


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.


1. Focus Group Participant


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.

Do you want to tell us about a strange job you found? Do you have one now? Comment on the box below.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.