[tps_header]If you work hard, you deserve to live well. That’s the foundation of the American Dream. But there’s no requirements as to what sort of work you need to be doing. If the average, everyday, white collar 9-5 isn’t your thing, and you also don’t want to fix cars and toilets, you might need to look way, way, way, out of the box to find your perfect career. How about one of these 20 bizarre jobs?[/tps_header]
1. Potato Chip Inspector
These highly trained individuals make sure that no bad potato chips make it into your bag – whether it’s looking for green chips, uncooked chips, or burned chips, we can thank the dutiful folks on the surveying line for making sure we get the most for our money.
2. Crack Filler
Unfortunately, these specialists can’t help with your plumber’s crack issue. Crack fillers work specially on big things like monuments and statues, making sure that little cracks don’t turn into big cracks and bring the whole thing crashing down.
3. Gold Reclaimer
Gold reclaimers do just what their name suggests; whether it’s looking for gold fillings in old teeth or taking apart electronics for gold filaments, they know where to look to find and re-purpose gold.
4. Beer Taste-Tester
Sound like the job of your dreams? Don’t be fooled; this isn’t a position where you get paid to get drunk. Tasters sip, swish, and spit, just like at a wine tasting.
5. Live Mannequin
Sound boring? These live clothing models can bring in up to $100 bucks an hour – sign us up!
6. Tampon Tester
We guess this job can only be performed once a month. Just kidding; these workers actually test a couple hundred tampons per day using simulators, making sure they pass tests for absorbency and expansion.
7. Breath Odor Evaluator
Ever wonder how toothpaste and gum companies know their products work well enough? Well, they have people who are trained to smell breath – before and after using the product – to see how well it works. Wouldn’t you rather be the person testing the product, though?
A diener prepares cadavers (or corpses) before autopsies. Not for the faint of heart!
9. Dog Breath Sniffer
Often employed by pet food companies and research labs, these lucky workers sniff dog’s breath before and after eating certain foods to see how diet affects the stench. Gives the whole “working like a dog” phrase new meaning, doesn’t it?
10. Barbie Dress Designer
Calling all fashion students! If you can’t hack it in the big-time, maybe you’re meant for smaller things. Much, much smaller things! Whether you realize it or not, someone has to make sure that Barbie and her cohorts are up to date on the latest fashion trends and stay fly through the years.
11. Crime Scene Cleaner
When the police have come and gone and the yellow tape has come down, there’s still a mess left over. That’s when these guys come in. If you can stand a bit of gore, you can clean up quite nicely (moneywise, that is).
12. Underwear Fart Police
Okay, okay, that’s not actually the job title. We’re not sure what the job title is, specifically. But somewhere out there, there’s a person whose job is making sure that underwear traps enough of the odor from farts. For everyone’s comfort. Talk about dirty jobs that someone’s gotta do!
Do feet gross you out? Then stay far away from this profession. Podiatrists are doctors who cater specifically to the ailments of our little piggies – from fungi to bunions, podiatrists can treat anything that goes wrong with your feet.
You know it’s a weird job when even the name sounds made up. An ocularist paints artificial eyes; the process is painstaking, since each painted eye needs to be as vibrant, lifelike, and unique as a real eye. It requires quite a steady hand!
15. Manure Inspector
If a cow or horse gets sick, one diagnostic tool can be to check their manure for worms or other evidence of ill health. Manure inspectors know just what to look for when going through a big, steaming pile of you-know-what. They also look for contaminants and diseases that could possibly spread to humans through runoff or contact with animal products.
16. Safe Cracker
These guys aren’t all criminals; when people find an old, unclaimed safe, lock themselves out of their own safe, or loses the combination to a family safe, they need someone who knows how to get it open! Safe crackers use their eyes and ears to look for visual clues and listen to auditory hints for how to open different sorts of safes.
17. Landfill Gas Operator
Methane is a common – and extremely smelly – byproduct of landfills. It’s also very hazardous to human health. It takes trained specialists to make sure methane stays far from our food and water supplies, as well as keeping it away from the air in the landfill, where it could make landfill workers sick.
18. Roadkill Removal Technician
We’re not convinced that “technician” is really the most accurate way to describe the people who clean up squashed racoons from the side of the road, but we’re so happy that they’re willing to do it that we’ll call them doctors if they want!
19. Sewer Inspector
You can thank these intrepid souls for the fact that our streets don’t flood, your toilet flushes, and your trash compactor works. When a clog or other issue in the pipes threatens the sewage system, they’re first on call to go down and fix it.
20. Port-a-Potty Servicer
And you thought actually using a port-a-potty was bad…the good news is that this position pays pretty well! [tps_title][/tps_title]
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