The 13 Most Unusual Jobs

10 months ago

There are a lot of people out there who are not satisfied or just plain bored with their office work. There is also a small group of people who are doing jobs you will never believe exist — for some serious cash. Get ready to see jobs that obliterate the concept of a 9-5.

Bright Side collected the most unusual jobs you have never heard about. Would you want to switch to one of these?

13. Professional Snuggler

If you need to be hugged, cuddled, and snuggled, but you’re all alone, then your answer is a professional snuggler. You’ll be surprised to find a number of companies offering the most enjoyable and relaxing professional cuddling experience. You get to hug somebody, and you get paid between $60 and $80 an hour! Bear in mind: nothing more than hugs.

12. Golf Ball Diver

If you enjoy scuba diving and being outdoors, then you are a perfect candidate for this unusual job. Golf ball divers are responsible for collecting all the golf balls from the bottom of ponds on courses. Sounds easy and enjoyable! Well, the truth is that many ponds are not well taken care of, and you can find a lot of nasty mud, algae, and even snakes down there. Gross.

11. Pet Food Tester

Pets are our friends, and we have to make sure that they eat delicious and nutritious meals. Call in the pet food testers! They taste pet food to evaluate the flavors and check if it’s up to quality standards. Nobody deserves bad food, especially the favorite member of the family.

10. Bed Tester

As the title suggests, there are people who test beds (mattresses and pillows) for companies and hotels. That’s right, you are paid to sleep at work. Sounds like a dream job! In reality, it’s hard work. A good bed tester knows how to lie down to check that the mattress has no dips and that the edges of the bed are strong enough to sit on.

9. Paper Towel Sniffer

You might have noticed that all paper towels either smell delicious or have almost no smell. It’s not a coincidence but the fruits of hard work from paper towel sniffers. They sniff paper towels for manufacturers to make sure they don’t have any undesirable smells. Don’t get too excited because it’s literally easier to get a job as a brain surgeon than this job, which might be one of the smallest job niches out there.

8. Face Feeler

Feelers work for skin care companies. They don’t produce products, but they feel the faces of people who are trying new products to see if there is any improvement. You do need some serious ability and knowledge to feel the difference, and it is a big responsibility to approve or decline certain products based on your face-feeling experience.

7. Line Stander

If you don’t like queuing, there is a perfect solution. Just hire a professional line stander, a person who will queue for you for a fee. Sometimes you have to line up for 19 hours to get a newly launched product or a sample sales item. It’s a hard and boring job that can be well paid.

6. Water Slide Tester

It’s day 5 of your family vacation, and your kids are driving you crazy. It’s aqua park time, a day for your kids to release all their pent-up energy and for you to let loose a little. A perfect water park has fun (for kids) and safety (for adults). A water slide tester’s responsibility lies in taking multiple trips down the slide to see how much water it needs, how quickly you can reach the bottom, and how safe and fun it is. What a hard job!

5. Snake Milker

Snake venom (poison) can be used for many things, but the most important is its use in medical research or to produce "antivenom." As a result, there is a high demand for snake poison every year. Snake milkers spend their days pushing snakes (certain types only) into a plastic container to extract or milk the snake. These true heroes literally save lives by milking snakes.

4. Body Part Model

Turns out you don’t need to be beautiful and have an incredible body to be a successful model. If you have attractive hands or beautiful feet, the world is waiting for you. Besides, some products are also looking for ugly feet or hands. Successful body models are well paid, so there is always a way to reach your dream, hot or not.

3. Worm Picker

A simple job that requires you to be in love with being outdoors. When somebody goes fishing, they need worms, which you can buy in many shops. Have you ever wondered how the worms get into the shop? Worm pickers walk in grassy areas (gardens, parks, golf courses) after dark and pick up earthworms.

2. Stunt Tester

You’ve probably seen shows like X-Factor or Fear Factor, where one of the challenges is to eat live bugs or insects. To make sure that disgusting food is suitable for eating, companies hire stunt testers. They try obscure or terrible food to make sure that nobody will get hurt...except them. As high risk is involved, they are highly paid.

1. Armpit Sniffer

Armpit sniffers work for deodorant manufacturers to ensure the quality of the product. How does a quality check happen? Sniffers spend their days in a hot room or outdoors, sometimes sniffing up to 60 armpits an hour. Their goal is to determine how effective the deodorant is. They write up reports and help the world to smell better.

Preview photo credit Steve Shook / Flickr, CC BY 2.0


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I would try any of the jobs but the "Armpit Sniffer", just thinking of it makes me choke.


Given that the writer can't seem to distinguish tissues from paper towels, they probably aren't from America or Western Europe.


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