What Are the Most Unique Jobs in the World?
So many people don’t enjoy going to work each day, but it's something they have to do to enjoy shelter, food and the tools to survive. The problem is most jobs are mundane — like data entry and customer service — and would never be considered anyone’s dream job. But what if jobs were intriguing and exciting, and employees learned and experienced new things each day? That would be a game changer.
The interesting part is there are a lot more unique and intriguing positions out there than people realize. Some of these jobs are more dangerous than fun, but the end result is exhilarating and never boring. Ready to schedule an interview? Check out these possibilities!
Thanks to The Mandalorian, bounty hunters have come back into mainstream conversations. Although everyone can't catch criminals in paradise like Dog the Bounty Hunter, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of real opportunities to be a bounty hunter. Each state has its own requirements for entering the profession.
Playing with pandas is the perfect job for anyone (everyone!) who wants to spend their days caring for and snuggling with the endangered species. For $32,000 a year, plus room, board and meals, a candidate can move to China and work for the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center.
Ice Cream Taster
For real? We all scream for ice cream, but some people are actually lucky enough to get paid for eating it. Other names for ice cream tasters include "flavorologists" and "sensory analysts." An average day consists of comprehensive sampling and assessment of texture, aroma, appearance and color. Not a bad day, right?
Some people are experts in organizational management. These professionals are typically detail-oriented, personable and very, very thorough. All of these qualities are vital to organizing and coordinating elaborate events, including parties, weddings, festivals, concerts and exhibitions. Event management can be very lucrative, even for those who only do it part time.
Not only is snuggling up with someone a great way to reduce stress, but it can also be a lucrative career. It doesn't take a degree or any unique talents, and you can be vetted by various cuddle agencies to become a professional cuddle therapist. It may sound ridiculous, but it’s true.
Nursing is one of the most underrated and thankless jobs in the world. Becoming a nurse is also a complicated and arduous endeavor, which probably explains why there is a nursing shortage across the country. Becoming a travel nurse can be beneficial to both the nurses and the hospitals they serve.
Video Game Tester
A lot of parents have spent a lot of time telling their children to quit playing video games and do something productive. Wouldn’t it be ironic if they could play video games for a career? Every video game studio hires testers to locate bugs and help with fixes before a game goes to market. Just because someone is good at gaming, doesn't necessarily make them a qualified video game tester, however.
Freelance writing isn't unique itself, but when you factor in what some freelance writers do while working, it turns it into a one-of-a-kind job. Most companies rely on website content to improve their search engine placement, and there are countless jobs available for people to write content on a variety of topics from home.
If pandas aren’t the animal for you, maybe you would be more interested in babysitting baby ostriches all day. Ostriches are famously aggressive, so the babies require monitoring to ensure they don’t get pecked to death by older birds. It's a pretty easy job to get — and maybe a teensy bit dangerous — if you can find an opening somewhere.
As the polar regions continue to warm, moving icebergs becomes a critical job. According to NASA glaciologist Kelly Brunt, "Bergs pose a threat when they sluff off chunks of ice," and "the waves that are created from this process can be quite large and could inundate the inhabited coast."
The name cheesemonger first appeared back in the 12th century. It describes anyone who specializes in making and selling cheese. Cheesemongers run their shops or stands and offer a variety of cheeses from around the world. A talented and knowledgeable cheesemonger is identified by an appropriately and clearly labeled cheese collection.
Even though it may take some time to establish a channel and make money, it can be worth it to become a professional YouTube creator. All it takes is a video camera, some basic video editing skills and an appealing personality to launch a successful channel. It’s not even necessary — especially not in the beginning — to have a clear focus for your channel's content.
Crime Scene Cleaner
After the crime scene is thoroughly investigated, the police officers, detectives and news media pack up — and leave a big mess behind. A graphic crime scene generally requires professionals to come in and clean it up. That is where a crime scene clean-up crew comes in to play. Crime scene clean-up is the part you rarely see in the movies and on television shows.
Cybersecurity is an industry that isn’t going away any time soon. Governments and corporations need IT-security specialists to uncover flaws in their systems and determine the prospective holes in their network infrastructure. A Certified Ethical Hacker comes in to protect confidential and sensitive information across all sectors, including finance, government, healthcare and energy.
People who love to binge Netflix programs live everywhere, and most of them don't realize they could get paid to tag content. Anyone who watches a Netflix show sees other recommended titles after their program finishes. Whether or not the recommendations fit the viewers’ interests is up to a professional Netflix tagger.
People decide to become private investigators for various reasons. They might want to help victims of crimes because they were also once victims, or they could just love solving puzzles. Becoming a PI requires licensing, with the specifics depending on the requirements of each state. The regulatory agency will certainly conduct a full background check, and some states demand relevant experience.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumed around 93 pounds of chicken in 2018. An article in the Huffington Post claimed that KFC goes through 850 million chickens per year. Separating hatchlings is an essential job in the poultry process.
Underwater Pizza Delivery
Jules' Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida, is a hotel that offers underwater views of the surrounding marine life. Visitors spend a couple of hundred dollars a night for the lodging. Rob Doyle, a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor in the area, discovered a unique niche market for the hotel's customers.
For people who have a strong stomach and don't mind working with people who are lifeless, embalming is a noble and unique profession. A career as an embalmer is a demanding 24/7 job that requires specific qualifications, certifications and licenses. Openings are usually available in funeral homes, laboratories and research facilities.
License Plate Blocker
Traffic in the Iranian city of Tehran is outrageous, with almost 9 million people crammed into an area seven times larger than Paris, France. Nearly 4 million drivers are on the road, and that started to cause terrible air pollution. As a result, the government allotted specific zones to restrict driving based on the odd or even numbers on a license plate.
Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world. People are always paying experts to provide them with information on an area's history, entertainment, lodging and culinary specialties. Becoming a tour guide isn't complicated, but it does depend on the level of knowledge you have about a specific city or place.
Milking snakes certainly isn’t the first profession that comes to mind when you’re entering the workforce. Working with highly venomous snakes isn’t anyone's idea of a stable work environment, but it’s one of the most important positions out there when it comes to curing diseases, saving lives and developing antidotes to different poisons.
A unique aspect of becoming a professional gambler is that anyone can do it. Former Miss Finland Sara Chafak spends her days at the poker table when she's not competing in pageants. High school valedictorian Brian Rast dropped out of college and is the first person to make more than a million dollars in tournaments for seven years straight.
What person hasn't thought about being a mermaid, swimming free throughout the oceans and making friends with all the dolphins and other sea creatures? It seems like more of a lifestyle change, but with some help, it could become a lucrative side gig. Sound crazy? People hire professional mermaids for corporate events and lavish parties.
Becoming a stuntperson isn’t hard, but it requires a willingness to destroy your body. After getting past the risks, it’s one of the most thrilling and dangerous professions in Hollywood. Stunt people jump from extremely tall heights, accelerate motorcycles and cars off ramps and set themselves on fire, all in the name of filmmaking.
The only good reason to jump out of a perfectly good airplane is the adrenaline rush that goes with it as the excitement of falling 20,000 feet at 120 miles per hour courses through your veins. An even better reason to jump out of a perfectly good aircraft is to get paid for doing it. On the way down, skydivers experience a 100-mile radial view of the surrounding landscape.
Golf Ball Diver
There are more than 30,000 golf courses spread across the globe, with 45% of them located within the United States. With 360 million new golf balls sold each year, recovering balls that end up in ponds is a huge money-making industry. Golfers are always looking for used balls for practicing their game.
Reaching the summit of Mount Everest is on the bucket list of countless mountaineers and adventure-seekers across the world. Anyone with enough money can fly to Nepal during the brief climbing season windows in May and September, but it takes working with an experienced sherpa to increase the safety of your climb.
More than 18,000 Americans have vied for a chance to be selected for NASA's astronaut program. Becoming an astronaut requires candidates to be in top condition and possess a bachelor's degree in biology, physics, computer science or math. They must also have recorded more than 1,000 hours of flight time in a jet aircraft.
Hollywood has romanticized the spy industry for many years. In real-life, however, the Central Intelligence Agency isn’t as action-packed as the movies would lead us to believe. Most employees are analysts, and many open positions focus on day-to-day operations, food service and cleaning. Still, becoming a secret agent is within reach.