These days, landing your dream job seems like an almost impossible feat. Still, there’s always various ways that you can make some money if things didn’t work out the way you’d like. There are plenty of odd jobs out there that you would have never guessed exist! If you’ve been looking for some job inspiration or are just plain curious about some world oddities, then you’ll be shocked by this list of 20 strangest jobs.
20. Panda Handler
Animal lovers, unite because there is a job out there for you! That’s right, there is actually a job position out there known as a panda handler. Panda’s are sweet bears, but they have a lot of trouble when it comes to mating and getting in the mood. So as a panda handler, you’d basically be the third wheel, helping to navigate two pandas to blissful romance.
19. Body Painter
Did you graduate college with an art degree and now have found yourself jobless? Well, turns out you can use that degree to paint on people’s bodies! Body painters work hard to create optical illusions when painting on the human body. So if you’re up for that then this may just be the job for you!
18. Pet Food Taster
Have you ever smelled your pet’s food and wondered if it tastes as good as it smells? Well, you’re in luck because you could become a professional pet food taster. Pet food companies actually have humans come in and taste test kibbles and bits and provide feedback.
Do you love waterparks? Then this next job will be right up your alley!
17. Water Slide Tester
If you love waterparks then you’ll want to send in your resume for this job, quick! Waterpark manufacturer First Choice actually hires people to test out their rides all over the world. However, the company only seems to be employ one tester at a time, so your odds aren’t looking so good.
16. Subway Pusher
Do you like pushing people around? Then you should move to Japan and become a professional subway pusher. The subways in Tokyo get extremely crowded during rush hour so they have specialized workers called ‘Oshiya’ that push as many people as possible into the train cars. You even get to wear a cool uniform with white gloves.
15. Professional Cuddler
Have you been told that you give the best hugs? Then maybe a career as a professional cuddler might suit you. There are actual agencies that will hire you to provide people with strictly platonic cuddles. You can even get paid up to $80/hr!
14. Professional Mourner
Did you know that there are people that you can pay to show up at your funeral and mourn you? Well, now you do! If you’ve got some serious acting chops then you may want to consider this as an occupation. Just be sure to have your tissues handy.
13. Professional Stander-In-Line
For those of you without a lot of free time on your hands, you may want to consider being paid to stand in line. There are people who are willing to pay you money to wait on line for them when a new product or gadget is coming out. This job is definitely for people with a lot of patience, though.
12. Rental Boyfriend
Finding a boyfriend can be a pretty tough job, so Japan has found a way to make it easier. If you’re a man living in Japan, you can work for a boyfriend rental service. As a rental boyfriend you’ll provide companionship for an hourly rate. Surprisingly the service is doing really well and the main clientele are middle-aged housewives.
11. Alpaca Shaver
This one is a bit of a hairy situation. There are actually people out there who are professional alpaca shavers. They actually shear dozens of alpacas so that they can use the fleece for various things, such as clothing and bedding items.
Do you enjoy sending your tastebuds on a wild ride? Then you’d love to be a flavorist. Flavorists gets to sample all the different concoctions that scientists had to food to give it that kick. While we can’t guarantee that it’ll always taste good, at least you’ll get to try some awesome new flavors.
Our next odd job is perfect for anyone that loves to shop until they drop!
9. Personal Shopper
Yes, you can actually get paid to shop despite what you might be thinking. There are people out there who don’t have the time to walk through aisles picking out what clothes to buy. Instead, they hire a personal shopper to go ahead and do all of that for them.
8. Electric Shock Distributor
This next job is definitely one of the oddest. In Mexico, you can find men called ‘Toques’ who offer drunk patrons an interesting service. They send an electrical shock up their body by attaching them to a small box that they carry around. Apparently the electric shock is supposed to sober you up, but we’re not so sure about that one.
7. Pick-Up Artist Coach
Did you know that people will actually pay to learn how to pick-up chicks? That’s right! If you have the moves then you can charge up to $3,000 for your services. You better hope you know what you’re doing though or else your protégé might just get a drink thrown in their face.
6. Reality Show Stunt Tester
Are you brave enough to try out some stunts or some really gross food combinations? Well then, you might just be cut out for the job of a reality show stunt tester. These brave souls actually try out everything between the reality show contestants do in order for producers to deem if the challenges are safe or not. Seems kind of risky, but if you’re brave enough to try a worm sandwich you might not be bothered by much.
5. License Plate Blocker
The country of Iran decided to implement a new law when their streets began to get overrun by cars. They passed a law that forbid license plate numbers ending in even or odd numbers from driving on the streets on particular days. However, rich businessmen found a loophole by hiring license plate blockers to keep their identities hidden.
4. Professional Sleeper
Now this is a job that most of us could get behind. There are a wide number of studies that are willing to pay people to sleep. However, they will be studying you and possibly taking note of your brains waves. Still, you get to make money while sleeping! What’s better than that?!
3. Bicycle Fisherman
It seems that the mixture of bicycles, canals and drinking can be quite a bad one in Amsterdam. Many times, cyclists that happen to have too much of a good time lose control of their bikes and they wind up in the canal. Fortunately, the bicycle fishermen are around to pick them up out of the water!
2. Slot Machine Music Composer
Any music majors will find this job to be quite interesting. Have you ever noticed that slot machines all have particular music and sounds to them? Well, it seems that there are actual people designing the sounds so that the gambler is distracted from the fact that they’re losing money. If it seems a bit immoral, that’s cause it kind of is.
Next, we have a job that definitely ranks high in the grossness factor…
1. Armpit Sniffer
Here’s a job that you probably thought you’d never seen on any list! It seems that deodorant and perfume companies actually hire people to be sniffers. They want the people to give their feedback on whether the product is actually working.