Some More Odd Jobs
By Steve Gillman
Here are a few more odd and interesting jobs and weird professions
to add to our collection. We start with one which pays more than
you might think, although you apparently have to be in Australia
to get top dollar...
According to a report on Daily Finance;
In Australia, a senior submarine cook with more than six
years of experience earns $200,000 (about $187,000 U.S.) per
year, the same as a junior admiral.
The base pay is $58,806 per year, but the key is in the
bonuses, which include a capability bonus of $40,000, seagoing
allowance of $22,254, submarine service allowance of $26,703,
and a bonus of $50,000 a year just for showing up for work, because
the job is listed as "critical to the navy."
If you like artistic work, you might like a job as a light
bender. As such, you will be making neon lights. This is truly
skilled work, for which an apprenticeship is perhaps the best
way to get trained. Larger cities provide more opportunity for
the work, of course, and particularly those in which neon lights
are popular for advertising and decorating, such as resort towns.
Las Vegas is perhaps the city where you can make the most money
in this field.
According to a Wall Street Journal article, a good-looking
woman in her 20s can make $300 to $600 nightly serving specialty
shots of alcohol at some clubs. Severs are paid either hourly
or per-shot-sold, but naturally make most of their money from
tips. And although it may seem unfair, this is usually just a
job for women (but then men would not likely be tipped as well
by the typically male customers anyhow).
Revealing tops and short shorts are recommended, and an ability
to deal with drunk guys is also helpful. Apparently the bars
can do very well also; Jell-O shots can cost as little as 15
cents to make, and are sold for $3 to $4 each.
This is perhaps one of the most dangerous jobs I have covered
on the site. You have to extract the venom from very poisonous
snakes. It is used to make anti-venom, which is stocked at hospitals
in areas where snake bites are common. I am sure there are some
doing this who will claim it can be safe if done properly, but
it seems likely that a mistake will be made eventually--and I
hope you survive it if you try this odd job.
Airplane Repo Person
I once worked as a repo man, but we only went after cars.
The money is better when you repossess airplanes, but you can
also go a long time between pay days. This is stressful work,
and can be dangerous. You may be asked to travel to foreign countries
to get your plane, and getting sent to jail is a possibility
if you break any laws. Airplane repossession is a commission
job most often, and you can get up to 10% of what the plane sells
for after being repossessed. That can be a lot of money on a
million dollar plane.
Petroleum Company Diver
Oil and gas divers can make up to $80,000 per year, but this
is another truly dangerous job. You will be doing inspections
of rigs at great depths, or welding or laying lines or pipes.
From what I have read though, there is a growing demand for people
to work these positions.
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