Five Unusual Jobs from Around the World
Many people follow the traditional office job model of working nine-to-five, five days a week, and while this can provide a sense of security, some people might crave a job that’s a little more exciting. If you’ve been thinking about a change of career and are in the market for something a little more exciting, then there are plenty of niche jobs out there that could be for you.
From a professional sleeper to a snake milker, see our list below for five of the most unusual jobs in the world.
Snake venom is crucial for the development of antivenom medicines, and it’s also often used as part of medical research. This high demand for snake poison means that there are groups of people brave enough to extract the venom from snakes as their full time job.
Milkers used specialist equipment to open the snakes mouth and encourage them to bite down on a piece of card; this stimulates the venom glands and the poison is collected in a beaker underneath.
Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Marmite is one of the most popular spreads in the UK. To ensure quality remains high, a small team of testers taste every batch before it leaves the factory to make sure the spread is the right texture, flavour and consistency. One senior tester, St. John Skelton, is estimated to have consumed around 3,000 jars over the last 30 years.
This incredibly niche job was created by a hotel in Finland, who hired a member of staff specifically to test the comfiness of their beds. This lucky person gets to sleep in a different hotel bed each night and write up a review of their experience in the morning.
Pet food taster
Many of us want the best for our pets, right down to the food they eat. This pursuit of quality means that there’s a role available for people who don’t mind being the taste testers for our furry friends. This job involves tasting new products to make sure the texture and flavour is up to scratch.
Water slide tester
This dream-sounding job is very real and involves testing new water slides to assess how much water they need, how quickly you reach the bottom and how safe and fun a slide is. One tester, Tommy Lynch, has made approximately 5,000 trips down various slides on behalf of travel agency First Choice.
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