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
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
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
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
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
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’s 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?