Plenty of people hate their jobs. That’s understandable – sitting at a desk and pounding on a keyboard for eight hours a day can be tedious. Luckily, not all jobs are boring. So if you’re looking for a new line of work that’s out of the ordinary, you can start your search here.
1. Profesional Mermaid
At first glance, you might think this is just a modeling job. But being a professional mermaid requires more than just looking good while posing. They have to learn to swim wearing the costume and hold their breath for a prolonged time. Sometimes they even have to share the water with live jellyfish and even sharks. Did you play Statues as a kid? You might be suited for this next job.
2. Live Mannequin
With the advent of online shopping, brick and mortar stores have been struggling to get customers in the door. Some clothing retailers have opted for creative ways to get shoppers’ attention, one of which is having real people as mannequins. The downside: posing perfectly still for a long time is not easy, and definitely not comfortable. If you’re a lazy person, this might just be your dream job.
3. Furniture Tester
Furniture testers are people who get paid to sit or lay down on beds, couches, chairs and other products to make sure they are comfortable. When testing beds you may even get to sleep on the job since mattress manufacturers have to make sure their merchandise is comfortable enough to fall asleep on. You may also need a bed to do this next job…
4. Adult Toy Tester
This job is not for the prudish. Adult toys are a big industry, and any product made at such scale needs to be tested for quality. Here’s where you come in. Manufacturers will send you their items and you’ll have to try them, then rate them for ‘fulfillment’ using a scale provided by the company. You’ll want to thank these guys next time you’re stuck in an elevator with a lot of people.
5. Armpit Sniffer
Deodorant manufacturers employ “armpit sniffers” to smell their products on subjects who’ve spent time in a hot room or exercising. Sometimes they have to sniff up to 60 armpits per hour. But they perform a public service: making sure the deodorant actually does what it’s supposed to: prevent funky smells. Thanks to this new line of work, you might not be forever alone after all.
6. Professional Cuddler
In today’s extremely tech-driven world, some people can get lonely. They might just crave human touch, without any romantic or sexual components. Well, now there are people who can provide that service. For a fee, they’ll come to your house and spoon, caress, hug or nuzzle with you. The golden rule though: no sexual contact. If cuddling is not your thing, you can also touch people at this job.
7. Face Feeler
Beauty brands know facial products that achieve smooth, soft skin can be best-sellers. So part of their production process now includes “face feelers”. These people’s job is to touch a person’s skin before and after they’ve applied a certain product. It takes skill to know the difference, so not everybody can do this job. You may not find this job appealing… unless you have a fearless palate.
8. Stunt Tester
Fear Factor and other game shows often make people eat disgusting things – it’s part of the program’s draw. These meals are not what people regularly eat, but producers still have to make sure they’re safe to consume. Stunt testers eat live bugs and other unpleasant things, which can pose a health hazard – but they are well compensated for the risk. Ever wondered where bait shops get their inventory from?
9. Worm Picker
If you like fishing, you’ll know live bait is best. Luckily, there are many bait shops you can go to for the freshest earthworm catch of the day. Worm pickers get paid by these shops to walk around gardens, parks and other grassy areas after dark to find the worms as they come up to the surface. Though if being indoors is more your thing, here’s a job for you.
10. Nude Model
One of the most common subjects of art is the human body. But learning how to draw or paint it is not as easy as looking at a photograph. So most art schools employ nude models to pose for their students, sometimes having to hold a pose for hours. Luckily you don’t need a perfect body, just confidence, and endurance. If you have a diving certificate, you could make big bucks in this job.
11. Golf Ball Diver
Golf courses seem to be rife with ponds and sand traps. With balls veering off-course every day, it’s a wonder they don’t overflow. That’s because golf courses pay divers to go into ponds and retrieve the balls from the bottom. This may sound easy, but you have to deal with dirty water, algae, and even snakes. Have you ever tried your dog’s food? You might want to, to prepare for this job.
12. Pet Food Tester
If you’ve ever tried your dog’s food, you’ll know it’s not exactly a delicacy. But some people will endure the taste of pet food if it pays well enough. They have to evaluate the products for texture, consistency, and flavor, though obviously not for the human palate. So now you know who to thank for having a happy, well-fed dog. For the next job, you won’t need to use your tongue, but your nose will be overworked.
13. Paper Towel Sniffer
You can’t be too careful with a product that’s supposed to be near people’s nostrils. Paper towel sniffers get paid, literally, to smell tissues and other paper hygiene products to make sure the odor is pleasant, or at least not undesirable. It pays surprisingly well, so there’s always plenty of applicants on the waitlist. Remember the last time you stood in line for something? Now you can hire someone to save you the trouble.
14. Line Stander
Whether it’s a fancy new iPhone or your favorite movie’s prized collectibles, there are products people will pay big money to obtain. That includes standing in line to get them – and luckily there are those who are willing to stand for 20 hours in your place. For a fee, of course. Ever got stuck halfway down a water slide? These people make sure that doesn’t happen.
15. Water Slide Tester
Building a water slide takes a lot of physics and engineering knowledge, but some things you can’t improve until you try them. That’s where this job comes in. Waterslide testers make sure these slides are safe, have enough water, and don’t thrust people down too fast. So next time you’re at a water park with your kids, you know who to thank.