The 9-5 grind is not for everyone. In fact, you may be one of the many people looking for something a little different. There are many Odd Jobs out there that sound really strange, but when you take a closer look, they are actually very fun… and lucrative!
Personalized Fiction Writer
Image via Flickr by ratanx Everyone loves a good book, and being able to relate to the characters is important. With the growing field of personalized fiction, it is becoming easier to relate to those in a story. As a writer, all you need to do is have readers supply you with a few details about themselves, and you can insert them into the story. Whether you have a formula that simply changes small details, or you write each novel from scratch, personalizing books is becoming a reader favorite.
Image via Flickr by Travis Isaacs Generally, “hacker” is not a term that is synonymous with being helpful or an asset to a data company. There are different types of hackers, though, and some are actually contracted by companies, such as data companies, to find weaknesses and flaws in their computer systems. These “white hat” hackers put their illegal computer probing tactics to work and can make upwards over six-figures in a single year.
Airplane Repo Man
Image via Flickr by AfrikaForce Lavish lifestyles come with their own enormous and pricy price tags, but sometimes an individual isn’t fully capable of covering their huge expenses. For example, private jets are the ultimate symbol of power and wealth, and it’s the job of an airplane repo man to take that symbol away from those that don’t rightly deserve it. Airplane repossession is a profitable business and repo men earn commission on each plane they find and repossess.
Crime Scene Cleaner
Image via Flickr by Alan Cleaver This is a job that is most certainly not for the squeamish. Crime scenes can involve the most gruesome situations and require to be cleaned up by professionals. Diseases and viruses can spread from the inadequate cleaning of bodily fluids, so it’s very imperative that the cleaners be trained professionals. Crime scene cleaners must undergo training and certification before they are allowed to contract with many agencies and companies.
Dog Food Tester
Image via Flickr by Sh4rp_i Anyone that has a dog only wants the very best for it, which includes the food that they put into their bodies. Not only should the food be nutritious and beneficial to the dog, but it’s also important that the food be tasteful. See, dogs cannot communicate their distaste, but humans do a very good job at communicating their feelings and articulating their thoughts on food.
Image via Flickr by born1945 There is no complex situation or long process to this job – an individual gets geared up in complete scuba gear and dives into a water trap to search for lost golf balls. The frustration of losing a ball to a water trap can slightly be relieved at the sight of scuba diver jumping in after it. Mountains of golf balls clutter the bottom of water traps and lake constantly and it’s the sole responsibility of a diver to retrieve them.
Image via Flickr by EuroMagic Let’s face it… chocolate is delicious. There are so many yummy varieties, and virtually endless ways to use the treat. However, someone has to make sure that the new recipes are fit for human consumption. To become a chocolate consultant, it is crucial you have a good set of taste buds. It is not enough to know if you like a food or not – you also need to be able to tell others exactly why. If you are able to pick out the spices in anything you eat, this may just be the perfect career path for you.
Forest Fire Lookout
Image via Flickr by Lotus R Do you love to be outside? You may want to look into National Parks career listings. These parks know that forest fires can happen fairly easily. Because of this, they have people who are specifically looking for these fires. If you don’t mind sitting high above the trees for hours on end, this is a great option. To succeed as a forest fire lookout, it is important you don’t get bored easily, love nature, and are very observant.
Image via Flickr by Pop Culture Geek
Playing with Legos is a past-time engrained is most boys’ childhood memories along with the dream of growing to be a dragon. It turns out, however, although being a real-life is dragon is nearly unattainable, being a professional lego builder is well within reach. Lego holds events all over the country and at any given moment and needs skilled Lego builders to assemble complex works of population fiction and culture. Not only do they offer a childhood dream of playing Lego forever, but a chance to travel the country for them and make a not-so-shabby living in the process.
Gross Stunt Producer Odd Jobs
Image via Flickr by jarsyl Do you love watching people do gross stunts? Have you ever wondered exactly how they know contestants won’t die when they eat that creepy-crawly? As a gross stunt producer, that would be your job – ensuring that the stunts are not harmful, yet have the perfect “eww” factor. This is a great job for someone with a strong stomach and great researching skills.
There are different qualifications for each of these jobs. You may need certifications, a business administration degree, or a perfect palate. Every job is as fun as you make it, but not every job is quite this unusual.