By Steve Gillman
Although unusual or weird jobs can be a way to get out of
a rut and make some money, they can also be fun. In the past
I've worked as a repo-man (very fun)
as an investigative process-server (fun), and I even spent some
time handing out free samples in grocery stores (not so fun).
Those are a few of the many jobs (both ordinary and different)
that I've had. Some examples of other odd jobs follow.
A wrinkle chaser is the person that irons wrinkles from shoes
as they are being made to ensure they are perfectly smooth when
you buy them. He or she also inspects shoes or parts of them
inside or outside for wrinkles and other flaws.
This is a real job title. A chicken sexer sorts through baby
chicks to determine if they are male or female, and then segregate
them. You may have seen Mike Rowe doing this on his "Dirty
Jobs" television program. If you did, then you know that
this is a dirty, stinky and perhaps even disgusting job. But
someone has to do it.
Citrus Fruit Colorer
A citrus fruit colorer, with the help of steam and chemicals,
gives citrus fruit a more natural looking color, because fruit
is usually picked before it is fully ripe. In other words, in
this job you help deceive orange and grapefruit buyers.
A celluloid trimmer shaves down a golf club and then adds
celluloid bands onto the golf clubs to make the leather grip
stay in place.
Odor judgers get to smell armpits all day to help make deodorants
that will work well. I'm not sure why somebody other than some
strange fetishist would want this job, but we all have to pay
the bills somehow. I suppose you definitely get the day off if
you have a stuffy nose or a cold.
Now here's a good one. The La-Z-Boy Company (and probably
others) employs furniture testers to check out their products.
Of course, one of their most well-known and popular products
is their recliners. Want to relax for a living? Good luck getting
one of these jobs. I suspect there are less than a dozen such
positions available in the country.
Cowpunchers herd, castrate and brand cattle. When you get
bored castrating cattle, you get to repair fences, watering troughs
and do other maintenance work on the ranch. It is hard work,
but you get to be outdoors for most of every day.
This is one of the more dangerous jobs, and probably not worth
the pay, unless it leads to a starring role in a television show
like the The Crocodile Hunter. There are two ways to make
money wrestling with gators. One is to wrestle and otherwise
annoy alligators as entertainment at a tourist-based alligator
farm. The other is toget a job removing alligators from people's
property when they become a nuisance.
If you would rather help people see alligators in their natural
habitat rather than with your hand in their mouths, you can become
an airboat tour captain in southern Florida. The pay is okay,
and you get tips from passengers if you provide a nice and informative
ride. We certainly tipped our captain after a recent trip into
to the Everglades--especially because he went really fast down
narrow channels, which was a lot of fun.
Note: We certainly have more than one page on weird
jobs on the site, so why not take a look around?