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Junior Taamas
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A job is something all of us have to do to get
by. Those at the top tell other people what
to do. Everyone else has to obey in order to
take care of pesky things like rent and food.
Not everyone is cut out for all the positions
out there, though most of us try to do our
best with the one we have.

Then there are the weird jobs that you’ve
never heard of. In fact, you probably
wouldn’t know where to begin if you got one
of them. Nevertheless, all of them exist and
are consistently looking for applicants—if
you know where to look. These aren’t run-of-
the-mill, nine-to-five affairs. Instead, they
require specific sets of skills that you can
only obtain once you get them.

10. Professional Sleeper
See 1st picture below

“I wish I could be paid for sleeping” is
something most of us have thought at some
point in our lives, mostly right after we have
to wake up to go to work. It makes sense,
too, as sleeping is amazing. But what if we
were to tell you that you could actually get
paid to sleep? In some cases, you’ll earn a
lot (depending on where you sleep).

A professional sleeper is a serious
occupation and provides services that are
required in many modern industries.

Although it’s not your typical full-time job,
you could earn a sizable income if you land
the right gigs.

From researchers (who regularly need sleep
testers for various experiments) to mattress
brands that need sleepers to test their
products and artists who require sleeping
subjects, professional sleeping could be a
lucrative career if you advertise yourself well

9. Parabolic Expert
See 2nd picture below

When you train to be an astronaut , one of
the first things you have to learn is how to
maneuver yourself in a gravity-free
environment. Although it may not sound like
a big deal, you’d be surprised how difficult it
Inherently, our bodies are trained to only
work in gravity. It takes a long time just to
get used to a gravity-free environment, let
alone be able to engage in day-to-day
functions in it.

The people who impart that training are
known as parabolic experts, one of the most
coveted and highly skilled occupations in the
going-into-space industry. In fact, only nine
people in the world are qualified to do it.

First, they must become excellent at free-
falling in an aircraft (aka a vomit comet in
casual NASA lingo). This is the only way to
simulate a microgravity environment on
Earth for training potential astronauts to go
on missions. It’s not their job to actually go
into space, even though they’re a crucial
part of nearly every space mission.

8. Professional Mourner
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The death of a loved one can be difficult to
deal with, and everyone copes in his own
way. Some people mourn for days before
getting their lives back to normal. Others
shut themselves away until they can be
around people again.

Still others take it one step further and get
professional mourners to do their grieving.

Although it may sound weird to the rest of
us, these mourners are dedicated
professionals in quite a few parts of the

Professional mourning has been a thing for
thousands of years in many regions,
including Africa, China, and ancient Egypt.

However, China is mostly where it’s still big

The job consists of showing up to the funeral
and staging a believable session of mourning
—complete with physically breaking down
and wailing. This may sound alien to the rest
of us, but it’s completely normal in Chinese
culture. These pros can also earn quite a bit
depending on how good they are.

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
7. White Hat Hackers
See 1st picture below

With almost everything from traffic to
government databases to supply line
inventories of big corporations now
operating through the Internet , hacking is an
increasingly serious threat for almost
everyone. This is especially true of hackers in
countries where the Internet isn’t regulated

As a result, there’s an equally high demand
for good hackers who know the basics of
getting into networks without being detected.

They expose vulnerabilities in high-value
targets like government databases.

Known as white hat hackers (as opposed to
the regular black hat hackers), these
individuals are hired by corporations and
governments around the world to do their
best to get into the employers’ networks. If
you’re really good at it, you may earn a
fortune for doing a contract job, with a
chance to be hired by your client at the end
of it.

The best part?

Absolutely no one will ask how you got those
skills in the first place as long as you’ve
never used them to do actual harm. To
qualify, you simply need to get really good
at hacking. Just make sure you don’t practice
on live targets, as that is illegal.

6. Iceberg Movers
See 2nd picture below

Potable drinking water is already on the
brink of running out for the whole world.
We may not hear much about it because the
crisis isn’t as dire in the loudest parts of the
world yet.

Many countries are now looking to Earth’s
natural ice reserves for help. They are
devising plans to haul entire icebergs from
the South Pole to their shores to harvest
water. The job is given to iceberg moving
companies, where you can apply to work if
you’re up for it.

Iceberg moving may sound impossible—like
mountain relocation or beach stealing.
However, many Middle Eastern countries are
already grappling with serious water scarcity
issues, so they’re willing to give it a shot.

Some iceberg towing companies are already
on their way to get the first icebergs to some
of those countries. Middle Eastern
governments are also hoping that huge
floating icebergs off the shores of their
countries may serve as tourist attractions,

5. Futurist
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Many current jobs have never existed before,
including that of a futurist. If it sounds like
someone who sits around all day and makes
predictions like a fortune-teller , it absolutely
is—except that the predictions have to be
backed by data.

It is one of the more accessible jobs on this
list (though not for scientific fields). In fact,
anyone can apply to be a futurist as many
New Age firms are starting to see the
importance of the position.

A futurist’s role is to study current data and
make reasonable predictions about future
trends based on that information. A
government may employ a futurist to predict
social changes in order to estimate taxes in
the future. An advertising firm may try to
find out what kind of messaging consumers
are likely to respond to 20 years from now.
Depending on your field, a job as a futurist
can be as awesome as it sounds or just entail
data crunching all day like your old job.

4. Food Stylist
See 4th picture below

Over the years, food advertising has come a
long way. If you’ve ever seen a food ad and
thought “wow, that looks good,” it’s not
because that’s how it’s supposed to look.
Instead, a highly specialized type of
professional called a food stylist made the
food look good for the camera.

If “food stylist” sounds like a joke, we assure
you that it’s absolutely not. You can go to
your local employment listings website and
find a posting for one of these right now.

The job is not easy to do, either. Apparently,
styling food is an art form that you master
after years of persistent practice, which also
involves know-how of photography and

If you do get your foot in the door and
become a food stylist for a local firm, you
may work your way up and someday get to
style food for the big brands. Needless to
say, that pays quite well.
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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
3. LEGO Master Builder
See 1st picture below

LEGO bricks transcend age, sex, borders, and
race. No matter who you are or what you
do, a LEGO set is all you need to push aside
everything else and spend the next four
hours trying to build something that you’ll
give up on anyway. And that’s okay. A big
part of the company’s success is being able
to engage the inherent builder in all of us,
even if we’re not that good at the job.

That doesn’t mean that everyone’s bad at it.
We all had that one kid in class who could
build intricate structures out of LEGO sets
and simply mesmerize us. If you were one of
those kids and have always wanted to do this
for a living, you can get paid tons of money
for it.

Known as LEGO master builders, these guys
are employed by the LEGO Group to create
those huge structures built of LEGO bricks
that occasionally go viral on the Internet. If
playing with LEGO pieces has been your
dream all along, you could definitely give
this a shot. However, you’d have to be really
good at it to even stand a chance.

2. Shark Tank Cleaner
See 2nd picture below

Most people visiting a shark tank (not the TV
show) have a great time, maybe have a snack
or two, and then return home. However, the
curious ones look at the whole setup and
think, “I wonder who cleans that?”
There’s no way to keep the artificially
created ecosystem healthy without someone
actually going into the tank and manually
cleaning it. In fact, there are shark tank
cleaners tasked with doing exactly that.

The job is dangerous because the sharks are
always in the aquarium. You can’t just make
an expensive secondary tank to house the
animals until the cleaning is done.
However, the cleaning isn’t what makes this
a badass job. It’s getting used to being
around sharks that are already angry at all
humans for keeping them in captivity.

cleaners have to learn shark behavior and be
good at diving—as well as knowing when to
get out—to even be considered for the role.
They spend around 30–40 hours in the tank
per week as a part of their job.

1. Odor Judge
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Smell is an important sense, which is
apparent by how many products rely on it to
make sales. From soaps to deodorants to
candles, how a product smells is as much a
part of its commercial success as its
appearance. So, who is in charge of making
sure that things smell the way they should?
You guessed it (presumably from the title of
this entry). Odor judges determine the best
smell for a particular product. Obviously,
they have to go through plenty of bad odors,
like those from armpits, to come up with a
deodorant to counter the smell.

It may sound like a horrible job, but it’s also
a crucial one. They also deal with issues like
whether a particular type of seafood is
contaminated by a nearby oil spill. Of
course, you must have a keen sense of smell
to qualify for this job, and it may end up
paying quite well if you work at a large

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