We don’t always know all the jobs that exist only to make our lives easier, more efficient or more comfortable. In fact, we may have never even heard of some of them and, if we have, we may not have a clue to what they are. If your neighbor said that he performed silicon wafer dicing, would you have any idea what he was talking about? Probably not. However, there are many of these odd but necessary professions or job functions that enable more quality products or provide a service that would not be available otherwise.
This job typically requires a Ph.D. and can pay into the 6 figure range. They formulate both natural and artificial flavorings.
Yes, you read that right. A urine farmer harvests the urine of wild animals. Deer urine is used by hunters to attract deer. Fox urine is a deterrent for squirrels and other potentially destructive wild animals.
Anywhere else in the world, this would probably incite a fight. However, in Japan, it is a legitimate profession. Their trains transport 40 million passengers every day. They are so overcrowded that Oshiyas are hired to push people in until the doors can close. And you thought your commute was tough!
Dog Food Taster
Believe it or not, some people accept a job that requires them to taste dog food. The dog food taster is there to note differences in taste, texture and nutritional qualities. While they do have to put it in their mouth long enough to record the details, they do not have to consume it. Most spit it out once they have the information they need.
If you’ve ever tried to wrangle an unwilling feline into a carrier or persuade them to come out from behind heavy furniture, you know why this is a not just a skill but a valuable service. Luckily there are those brave few souls who hire out specifically for these tasks.