25 Strange Jobs You Might Not Know Exist

Posted by , Updated on March 7, 2017

There are some very unique job descriptions out there! Every wonder what they are? A “line straightener” may not be an “official” career that you can find in a government handbook, but somebody somewhere hired somebody else for that job, and that’s what they called it. Here are 25 Strange Jobs You Might Not Know Exist!

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Hook writer

songSource: firstjib via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

They’re song writers, but they don’t actually write songs. They just write the catchy part for a certain beat or verse.


Underwater lumberjack

lakeSource: liberal_texan via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

When trees have been covered due to flooding or diverted rivers, these people get to work.


Food expert witness

gavelSource: theexpertinstitute.com/expert-witness/food/, Image: pixabay (public domain)

These people explain food to juries in court.


Bereavement coordinator

statueSource: chegg.com/career-center/explore/bereavement-coordinator, Image: pixabay (public domain)

They work with families that are grieving the loss of a loved one. This typically involves helping the family do paperwork, providing counseling, and coordinating any necessary services or support.


Book conservator

booksSource: conservation-us.org, Image: pixabay (public domain)

It’s kind of like being a doctor, except for books.


Subway building spotter

metroSource: m50d via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

Metro systems like the London Underground pay people to walk along the lines above ground checking to make sure that no building codes are being violated (this could have deadly repercussions for the metro lines).


Parachute tester

parachuteSource: inside-us-only-stars via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

Well, somebody has to go first…but seriously, this job isn’t that much different from test pilot or stunt man. Quite often, these people end up being soldiers testing military equipment.


Gallon gas checkers

gasSource: Stimperonovitch via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

These people make sure that the gas stations really are pumping one gallon of gas when they say they are pumping one gallon of gas.


Slot machine music producer

slot machinesSource: musicman702 via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

These are the people that come up with all those sounds. They are actually designed to be addictive.


Professional jewelry wearer

jewelrySource: speakingofsegues via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

When a rich person in one country wants to sell jewelry to another rich person in a different country, they’ll sometimes pay someone to wear the jewelry from point A to point B. Of course, this can be considered smuggling…but hey, they’re rich.


Think this is a cool job you’d like to have? Check out number 5 for another job that could also be fun and fashionable!


Prop shopper

movie cameraSource: 77Columbus via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

TV and movie production agencies employ these people to find props that they need last minute.


Underwear cockroach inspector

cockroachSource: GIDAMIEN via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

They check the underwear for insects before it’s shipped out to retailers. Perhaps not surprisingly, warehouses aren’t exactly bug-free.


Staple removers

stapleSource: betty_netch via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

When companies decide to go digital, they need someone to remove the staples from all of their documents so that they can be scanned. Of course, this is typically a college summer job.


Alpaca shaver

alpacaSource: reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

Well, the alpacas aren’t going to shave themselves!


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Bridge driver

bridgeSource: kentislandexpress.com, Image: pixabay (public domain)

When you are too afraid to drive over a bridge by yourself, you can call up a bridge driving service, and they will drive over the bridge for you.


Servant servants

spilled juice memeSource: FrOzenOrange1414 via reddit

It’s true. There are parts of the world where servants have servants.


Lightbulb replacer

lightbulbSource: house_fire via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

Big universities and companies actually employ these people.


Recovery truck driver

truckSource: Smitesfan via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

Trucking companies employ people to recover abandoned trucks and cargo. Because when the driver decides they’ve had enough in the middle of Wyoming…


Shabbos goy

elevator buttonSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay (public domain)

This refers to a non-Jewish person that does things for Jewish people that they aren’t supposed to do on the Sabbath (like push elevator buttons).


3x5 index card typer

booksSource: altburger69 via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

It’s a bit dated, but this was the person who typed those index cards at the library that we all used to find books before the internet.

Note: This was usually a part time job filled by students.


Personal shopper

clothesSource: kilian987654321 via reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

Yes, people get paid to shop, especially in Asia. Rich families would rather pay someone to fly to the US or Europe to buy things there than trust local retailers (who might be selling knockoffs).


Phone call captioner

phoneSource: captioncall.com, Image: pixabay (public domain)

There are companies out there that live-caption phone calls for the hard of hearing.


Song player

musicSource: reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

Radio stations employ people to decide exactly when and how often to play each song (and no, it’s not actually the DJ). These people use special software and follow a bunch of rules to create the mix.


Line straightener

skyscrapersSource: reddit, Image: pixabay (public domain)

Although these days there are computers, back in the day architects would employ people just to check their lines


Bovine identification and exit prevention specialist

cowSource: HungryLikeTheWolf99 via reddit, Image: Agricultural Research Service (public domain)

This is the coolest name we could find for this job, but basically these people sit around all day watching cows to make sure that none of them escape.


Looking for more odd jobs? Take a look at our list of 25 Of The Weirdest Jobs On Earth.

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