Unique Jobs

Who ever said that work had to be boring?
In an effort to break free from the chains of a mundane 9 to 5 desk job routine, many of the thrill seeking and adventurous have taken up unconventional and sometimes even weird jobs that often make them the talk of the dinner party. Here is a list of jobs you’ve probably never heard of.
By Jonathan Ng

Snake Milker

Have you ever wondered how snake antivenom is made? Well you may be suprised to find that snake venom is actually one of the main ingredients, but before antivenom can be made, some brave soul has to ‘milk’ the venom from poisonous and often deadly snakes. With the job requiring the frequent handling of snakes, aspiring snake milkers should be prepared to get an occasional snake bite or two.

Food Stylist
Yes you read it right, there are people that ‘doll up’ food for a living. A food stylist is usually employed to arrange the food for pictures in such a way that it appears enticing, as well as to keep it looking fresh for the photoshoots. This often involves using methods such as adding salt to fruits or even using paper towels on bread to keep them dry.

With the keen sense of smell that they’ve harnessed over the many years of working with scents, perfumers spend hours each day concocting and mixing different combinations of ingredients looking to create the next breakthrough fragrance to hit the shelves. Getting into the perfume industry however is far from easy. Most perfumers are required to possess a degree in chemistry and graduate from perfume school before finally allowed to be taken in as an apprentice in a perfume company.

Coconut Safety Engineer
Although the chances of anyone getting a job as a coconut safety engineer in Singapore is close to none, this job is quite common in areas like the Caribbeans where coconut trees are abundant. A coconut safety engineer’s job is to ensure that the coconut trees are safe and that coconuts do not fall on any unsuspecting passerby. This job often involves simply hitting coconut trees with sticks and climbing up to pluck coconuts.

Ethical Hacker
Ethical hackers, otherwise known as “white hats”, are hired by organizations to test its network defenses in order to identify weaknesses in its secuirity system. They use methods and systems that are used by their unethical counterparts. Ethical hackers are commonly used by governments and other larger organizations.

Insect Wrangler
Looking for insects to hire? You should try contacting your local insect wrangler. Dedicating most of their days to taming the untameable, insect wranglers are able to train insects to crawl, fly or attack at their command. The services of insect wranglers are usually sought after for movies and commercials.

Professional Sleeper
Is sleeping your greatest passion? Well this may be your chance to be able to go to work in pajamas without the unwanted stares from colleagues. Doctors and scientists are frequently looking to hire people to participate in sleep projects in order for them to conduct research on sleep. Looks like all those hours spent sleeping in may finally pay off.

Wrinkle Chaser
Everybody expects their shoes to be wrinkle free when they first take them out of the box, however most don’t realise that someone has taken the time to painstakingly remove any wrinkles that existed. A wrinkle chaser’s job requires that they inspect and iron out any wrinkles or creases on the shoes before they are shipped out of the factories. They usually use tools such as irons and hot air blowers to iron out the shoes.

Potato Chip Inspector
No burnt chip gets by them. Spending their working hours ensuring each potato chip is well cooked, these sharp eyed potato chip enthusiasts are greatly commited to potato chip quality, and are even willing to eat a chip or two if necessary. Potato Chip Inspectors are commonly employed by potato chip manufacturing factories to remove any unsightly and unshapely chip that comes by them.

Foley Artist
Lights! Camera! Action! The actors are sitting in the middle of a busy town square engaged in a witty banter on the fastest way to find a boat, everything is picture perfect, except for one thing, apart from the conversation going on, the room is a dead silence. Unknown to most, the ambient background sounds we hear in movies are often recorded seperately by a Foley Artist after the scene has been filmed. It is the Foley Artist’s job to recreate the sound effects like footsteps or chirping birds in each scene, which are then added in after the film or scene has been shot.

Ostrich Babysitter
Sitting in a field watching birds sounds like an easy enough job, a chance to sit by a tree and watch nature go by, work should be a breeze right? Wrong! Ostriches are known to be extremely aggressive and territorial birds that aren’t afraid of delivering a hard kick to anyone or anything they feel threatened by, which is often the cause of the frequent ostrich fights that occur. Their curious nature also makes them a magnet for trouble, and many experts have even jokingly stated that ostriches wake up every morning thinking of new ways to kill themselves. Ostrich Babysitters are usually hired by ostrich farms to make sure that these restless birds stay out of trouble.

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