Career, Now + Beyond

Here are some weird jobs that will blow your mind

And you thought your job was something out of the blue

Weird times call for weird jobs.

Well, to some of us but for others, these are normal ways of earning an income. But having a weird job also makes a person unique (in more ways than one) and can definitely be an ice-breaker in those awkward conversational moments.

From watching paint dry to an iceberg mover, these 14 jobs while yes, have their uses, are still unbelievable, to say the least.

1. Breath odor evaluator

Patrick Star, a pink anthropomorphic starfish is smiling slyly and then exhales onto his hand where green air comes out
[Image description: Patrick Star, a cartoon pink anthropomorphic starfish is smiling slyly and then exhales onto his hand where green air comes out.] Via GIPHY
Usually for oral hygiene companies, someone’s sole job is to sniff the breath of volunteers who have used the company’s products and determine whether they work or not. I think the one requirement should be a good gag reflex.

2. Bed warmer

Marie Antoinette, a white, blonde haired woman is lounging on a a white silk, luxurious bed with a golden headboard
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No, this isn’t the 2 a.m. booty call on your lonely nights. Some hotels hire someone to warm up the beds of booked rooms before guests check-in.

3. Human scarecrow

A human scarecrow in tattered green clothes is dancing on a yellow brick road with a field behind as a young girl in a blue and white gingham dress and a small dog are watching
[Image description: A human scarecrow in tattered green clothes is dancing on a yellow brick road with a field behind him. A young, white girl in a blue and white gingham dress stands to the side with a small dog, watching.] Via GIPHY
An English graduate in the North of England was hired by a farm to scare partridges away from a field of rapeseed. All he had to do was wear a bright orange jacket, bring a desk, a chair, and a good book and sit in a field for eight hours and scare the birds away with a cowbell and an accordion.

4. Ostrich babysitter

Five baby ostrich are running together towards camera
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In South Africa, ostrich babysitters are a thing. And while you can coo and marvel at the beauty of a baby ostrich, the job also requires you to make sure they don’t peck each other to death, get taken by predators, or escape. And because ostriches are notoriously aggressive all I can say is, good luck!

5. The ravenmaster

A raven is setting off for flight
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Sounds like something out of a fantasy novel, but this is a real job with superstitious beginnings. Christopher Skaife, whose official title is ‘Yeoman Warder of Her Majesty‚Äôs Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London‘ is also the Tower’s ravenmaster and is responsible for the seven ravens who currently live at the tower and who the country’s entire fate depends on. Extreme right? But the legend goes that when the ravens leave the tower forever, the Crown will fall and Britain with it. Let’s just go with it.

6. Bank robber

A toy man drives past in a red scooter, stopping in front of a bank as two toy men robbers jump out of the bank window with money bags
[Image description: A toy man drives past in a red scooter, stopping in front of a bank as two toy men robbers jump out of the bank window with money bags.] Via GIPHY
Banks and security companies hire people to fake rob a bank to see if the security, safety features, and training work effectively. Perfect job for Thespians and showmen!

7. Paint drying watcher

A man is sat on a purple sofa with his arms crossed as his baby son is sat next to him, holding a TV remote. The man is saying, 'I'd rather watch paint dry'
[Image description: A cartoon white man is sat on a purple sofa with his arms crossed as his baby son is sat next to him, holding a TV remote. The man is saying, “I’d rather watch paint dry.”] Via GIPHY
A phrase ‘like watching paint dry’ is used to reference something that is boring. Well, someone is actually paid to watch paint dry to make sure it dries quickly and the final color and consistency is correct.

8. Professional pusher

A crowd of people pushing each other onto a train
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The morning commute in Japan is so chaotic that someone’s job is to push as many people as possible onto trains during the morning and evening rush hours. They make sure that everyone who is supposed to catch the train is on it and to also make sure that the doors are clear and no gets caught in them in the hurry.

9. Pet food taster

One man comes to a dog food bowl on all fours and eats from the bowl before another man scares him off and eats from the bowl
[Image description: One man comes to a dog food bowl on all fours and eats from the bowl before another man scares him off and eats from the bowl.] Via GIPHY
Someone is hired to sample pet food before it is sold just like someone is hired to sample human food. A pet’s palate is different from a human’s but it’s important to check the quality of the food because it still has to be of the highest standard.

10. Teddy-bear repair technician

A skeleton is doing surgery on a teddy bear
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Or… Teddy-Bear Surgeon which sounds so much cooler! Hired by the company, Build-a-Bear, they are the surgeons of the stuffed animal world and work at the “Bear Hospital” where they stitch and re-stuff damaged bears back to good. The whole experience is like an actual hospital experience but for your stuffed bear friend. This has to be one of the cutest jobs on this list.

11. Chicken sexer

A group of chicks being cute
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As all baby chicks literally look the same, professionals, usually hired by the hatcheries, help separate the female chicks and male chicks apart to put on respective diets for their commercial uses i.e. females are bred for eggs and the males are bred for their meat.

12. Netflix watcher

Two dogs are sat in the dark watching TV
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If you like binge-watching Netflix series then this is definitely the job for you! Netflix advertised an ‘editorial analyst of original content’ and what would the job require? Well, to sit on your backside and watch, rate, research, tag, annotate and write analysis for Netflix’s original content. While it is a great job for professional binge-watchers in all of us, you need five years experience in the entertainment industry and also be based in Hollywood. We can all dream, right?

13. Professional sleeper

A young woman with brown hair is asleep. Her mouth is open, her arm is under her head , her hair is knotted and she is drooling
[Image description: A young, white woman with brown hair is asleep. Her mouth is open, her arm is under her head, her hair is knotted, and she is drooling.] Via Tenor
Ah, the ultimate adulting job – being paid to sleep! It is usually done as part of scientific or market research and can require either testing sleeping aids, the comfort of mattresses, pillows, and quilts, and even taking sleeping pills to remain still for art exhibitions (yes, you did read that correctly). While this does seem like a great job for the twenty-something who is always tired, the idea of someone watching me sleep sends shivers down my spine.

14. Iceberg mover

A man and woman move out of the way of an iceberg crashing into a ship
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Losing over 1,500 people on the Titanic in 1912 is the reason this job now exists. The International Ice Patrol is a transatlantic organization that works to remove floating icebergs out of the way of oil rigs and ships so another tragedy like the Titanic doesn’t occur. It is a huge operation to move floating islands of ice so engineering skills are essential but if it can save people’s lives and if we no longer have to debate whether Jack Dawson could’ve fit on the door, then it is worth it.

Which ones will you apply for?