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If you find yourself hating the minutiae of your boring, everyday job, then why not try your hand out at one of these odd jobs that surprisingly bring home the bacon.
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As you can see from JobTitles.net’s infographic, there’s definitely a career out there for everyone … and we mean EVERYONE! From pearl divers to lipstick readers, the professional world welcomes everyone and offers a pretty penny for some bizarre, yet intriguing occupations.
Nowadays, it seems as though a vast majority of professionals are too scared to veer off the beaten path when it comes to their careers, so they end up sitting in a tiny cubicle for a huge corporation making a decent salary, but dreading their jobs. What kind of life is that?
Take a break from the monotony and entertain the idea of spending your hardworking days doing one of the odd jobs listed below, like bounty hunting. Hey, Duane “Dog” Chapman of the reality TV show, “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” put bounty hunting on the map, didn’t he? Heck yes, he did.
1. Submarine chef – Being a chef on a submarine can earn you $200,000+ in annual compensation, which isn’t too shabby, especially if you like being at sea and having a rank that is considered “critical to the Navy.” (The Daily Telegraph.) What’s the catch? Don’t forget to consider the fact that you’re going to be cooking hundreds of hot meals in a tiny, confined, poorly ventilated kitchen and stuck on a submarine. If you can look past those minor details, then you can have a lucrative career as a submarine chef for the Navy.
2. Voice-over talent – According to PayScale’s Research Center, a career in voice-over talent has a median salary of $104,057 and a potential salary of $428,655! If you don’t believe it, do a quick search on how much the voice-over cast of the popular TV series, The Simpsons, made per episode. According to ScreenRant.com, each cast member pulled in a whopping $440,000 per episode, but were asked to take pay cuts ($250,000 per episode) in order to keep the show’s production costs down.
3. Lipstick reader – “LipsologyR is the art and science of reading lip prints,” according to Lipsology.com, with only six certified “Lipsologists” in the world. What exactly can be told from a person’s lip print? Jilly Eddy, the world’s first Lipsologist, indicates that a reading unveils “an individual’s personality, emotions, characteristics, and energy levels based on the size, shape, color intensity, and special markings of a person’s lip prints.” So, if you have a knack for reading into things, then pucker up and kiss your day job goodbye. You may just have a bright future in lipstick readings!
4. Focus group participant – If you’re not sure about leaving the comforts of your current profession just yet, then you might want to consider being a focus group participant in your spare time to earn a penny for your thoughts. According to the infographic, you can get paid $40 to $100 per hour to simply give your feedback on a product or service.
5. Embalmer – It may not be the most appealing job, but, if you can stomach it, becoming an embalmer can bring in a pretty decent salary. PayScale’s Research Center indicates that an embalmer has a median salary of $38,940, with a potential salary reaching above $50,000 per year. You may not be vacationing in the Seychelles on your free time with this salary, but you’ll have enough interesting stories to share with others for a lifetime … and that’s pretty awesome!
Odd jobs are just that — odd. No matter what or where your interests lie, don’t hesitate to make a career out of what you love. As the infographic suggests, even the most obscure jobs come with some attractive salaries, so don’t limit yourself to a career path that society tells you is acceptable. Go after your dreams and don’t look back.
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Leah Arnold-Smeets, owner of Emiko Consulting, is passionate about helping entrepreneurs capitalize on their strengths, improve on their weaknesses, and reach their full potential. Leah obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Southern California (USC).