12 of the World’s Weirdest Jobs
Are you looking to change careers but don’t know where to start? Take a look at some of the world’s weirdest jobs and see if this can help you decide what NOT to do. It might be hard to believe, but these are all real jobs that employ people all over the world. You never know, you might even find one that’s your calling…
1. The ideal candidate is not a morning person
Believe it or not, you can get paid to sleep! Perfect for people who love early nights, late mornings and generally not getting out of bed, professional sleepers are required for scientific research, testing beds for businesses, and even in art exhibits.
2. The ideal candidate actually enjoys watching cricket
For those who don’t get bored easily – or at all – watching paint dry is a career to pursue. Companies that produce paint need people to observe the drying process of paint particles to ensure that their product is up-to-scratch.
3.The ideal candidate can’t wait an entire week for the next episode
If you love binging on Netflix this job is a dream: Netflix need viewers to watch shows and movies in order to tag them with relevant genres and themes – be prepared to watch a lot of rubbish, though.
4. The ideal candidate actually enjoys the taste of coriander
Some dog owners pay premium to ensure their pup only has the best, but brands that produce high quality munch for mutts need humans to test it out before it hits the dog bowl: that means smelling, then yes, eating, the tinned delight. It’s probably better than some human food, anyway…
5. The ideal candidate will have a lot of experience of saying the word ‘sorry’ (even when they don’t need to)
For some, sorry seems to be the hardest word… Well, luckily for them, professional apologisers exist! Okay, not quite for private hire, sorry. In some industries, travel for example, people are employed to offer apologies on behalf of the business. Flight delayed for 13 hours? The person you’ll hear from will probably be employed as an apologiser.
6. The ideal candidate doesn’t find the whole concept of warming someone’s bed for them weird
A hotel chain in the UK made the headlines when it offered customers pre-warmed beds… pre-warmed by people paid to lie in guests beds for as long as it took to warm them up. A woman in Russia took this a step further in 2017, offering a freelance bed warming service to anybody willing to pay!
7. The ideal candidate aspires to be the next Bachelor
Sick of having to find a boyfriend the old-fashioned way and love the idea of hand picking one at the drop of a hat? It might seem strange, but in countries like Japan this is a full-fledged business. Popular at high school reunions, corporate events and weddings; it actually happens in real life, not just Hollywood flicks.
8. The ideal candidate is at least four hours early for everything
The very thought of standing in a line on a sidewalk for hours is enough to make most cringe… until you here that professional line standers can earn upwards of $1,500 per gig. Perfect for the latest Air Jordans or Apple release, there’s some real money to be made in mastering the art of patience.
9. The ideal candidate is used to being on the receiving end of harsh pranks
We’ve all recoiled at the sight of horrible challenges on shows like I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, but all that gruesome bug eating and slime-covered stunts need to be tested by someone first. Perfect if the idea of eating worms doesn’t make your squirm.
10. The ideal candidate is part of the 99% of the population obsessed with all things potato-related
The perfect job doesn’t exis– oh wait, yes it does. Potato chip inspectors literally get paid to taste test chips for quality and ensure that every chip that goes into a bag is salty, tasty and golden.
11. The ideal candidate is used to putting up with annoyingly noisy friends
This isn’t a joke, there are people out there that spend their days checking rubber chickens for faulty squeakers. Can you imagine giving your dog a chew toy and it not making a noise at all? Heartbreaking. On second thought, these guys are a necessity.
12. The ideal candidate can think of at least 20 alternative names for the colour ‘red’
There are two requirements for this job: you need to be a walking thesaurus and probably have no sense of smell to spend all that time around nail polish. How many variations of red can you come up with?
These jobs might seem fun and are great for a laugh, but if you’re looking for a career that promises great employment opportunities, higher pay and stability; education is key. Browse a course today and start your career journey.
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