Does the thought of an office job bore you to death? If so, there are dozens of weird jobs out there for you to try.
We scoured the job boards looking for the wacky and weird jobs of the world and found some of the most intriguing ones. You would think that the weird jobs (especially ones that sound like so much fun!) wouldn’t pay well. But that’s where you’d be wrong! We curated a list of 11 of the best-paying weird jobs that the working world has to offer.
Fortune Cookie Writer
Salary Range: $40,000-$80,000
Got a knack for creative writing? Lucky you! Fortune cookie writers can make a pretty penny coming up with prophetic quips & one-liners. Most cookie scribes are freelancers, and they can make up to 75 cents a saying. Depending on how fast you churn them out, you’ll be rolling in (cookie) dough faster than you can finish your takeout.
Average Salary: $45,000
Craft breweries are booming – and someone needs to check all that beer’s quality! If you love brew and have a discerning palate, this is the job for you. Beer Tasters (also known as Beer Quality Technicians) are responsible for insuring that the brewery’s standards are met. As a Beer Tech, you can work either onsite at the brewery (usually for larger operations like Anheuser-Busch or MillerCoors) or traveling to remote distributors to make sure the quality isn’t lost in transit. You don’t need a bachelors either – but becoming a certified cicerone (the beer equivalent of a sommelier) can help boost your credentials and your pay.
Average Salary: $64,000/year
This is more than just a volunteer gig at a nursing home. Bingo managers are hired by casinos, where bingo brings in the big bucks. As the bingo manager, you make sure that everything runs smoothly in the bingo hall, like approving the winnings, handling customer complaints, and staying up-to-date with all the gaming regulations. While it doesn’t require a specific bachelors degree, employers often look for people with supervisor experience, customer service, and budget management.
Golf Ball Diver
Salary Range: $50,000-$100,000
The plight of golfers everywhere could be your ticket to a nice paycheck. As a diver, you’ll be contracted by golf courses for ball retrieval. Most places do a per-ball payment, usually around 10 cents a ball. Great divers can dredge up 3000 balls in an afternoon. However, it’s not a job for the faint of heart. Golf ball divers regularly deal with hazardous work conditions most of us consider insane: alligators, poisonous snakes, and snapping turtles love to hang out in the pesticide-riddled blackwater of the courses. Of all the weird jobs, this is definitely the most intimidating! But if you’re up for the job, you’ll need a SCUBA certification, dive gear, and nerves of steel.
Salary Range: $50,000-$100,000/year
Horse people rejoice! If you’re chockful of equine adoration, consider going into hippotherapy. It’s a form of horse-based treatment with a wide range of therapeutic uses, from developing language skills to improving motor function to helping patients manage their mental disorders. It’s a very rewarding career path, perfect for the compassionate horse lover who wants to improve the lives of others. You’ll need a background in physical or occupational therapy and to get certified by the American Hippotherapy Association in order to practice.
Average Salary: $43,000-$52,000/year
Are you both creative and technical? If a grey cubical is the last place you want to work, consider becoming a color specialist! Color specialists, also known as color consultants, help their clients answer their most colorful questions. They are particularly helpful for marketing and branding efforts. Color specialists can advise on how to capitalize on current color trends, answer questions related to color psychology, and how different colors work together in combinations to tell a brand’s story.
Netflix Video Tagger
Average Salary: $70,000/year
Did you know you can get paid for an 8-hour Netflix binge? It’s true! As a video tagger, it’s your job to review and tag videos so they appear appropriately in search. Also know as a Netflix Creative Analyst, taggers spend 20 hours a week watching shows and labeling them with the appropriate metadata – everything from the obvious (for example “romance”) to the subjective (which speaks more to the specific feelings of content, like “doomed love”). So how do you snag the coveted tagger title? First, Netflix requires you to be fluent in at least two languages. Additionally, a background in data analysis, archival, or even experience as a library assistant will help you land the role.
Salary Range: $75,000/year
It’s your time to shine, chocoholics! Every once in a while, candy companies like Hershey, Cadbury, and Godiva will hire on new chocolate tasters to their team. A part of the quality department, tasters are vital in making sure that chocolate batches taste their best. They review everything from texture to cocoa percentages. A degree in food science will definitely help you stand out from other candidates, in addition to a discerning palate.
Video Game Tester
Average Salary: $50,000/year
Who wouldn’t want to get paid to play video games? Video game testers (also known as software quality assurance engineers) get to do just that! As a video game tester, it’s your job to play through games from start to finish, looking for flaws, glitches, and any other problems that could cause an issue during gameplay. Your main responsibility is to fill out bug reports and send them back to the development team. Many video game testers get to work from home. The best testers are detail-oriented with high critical thinking ability and solid communication skills.
Salary Range: $30,000-$70,000/year
Every foodie’s dream job! You’re basically getting paid to write Yelp reviews and try new foods all the time. Most food critics are freelance writers who submit their experiences to newspapers, magazines, or blogs. It’s the perfect job if you love trying new food, traveling, and have strong writing skills. It also helps if you’re great at photographing food. While it’s a popular and competitive career, it’s also one that’s accessible to writers who have a passion for food.
Salary Range: 60 – 80/hour
Do you give the best hugs? Are you comfortable with strangers? Do you like comforting others? If so, you may consider becoming a professional cuddler! Certainly one of the more relaxing of the weird jobs we found, career snugglers are there to provide high-quality platonic cuddles to their clients as a form of touch therapy. In order to succeed as a cuddler, you need to be compassionate, understanding, and a great listener. There have been tons of studies on the positive impact of snuggles on health – the release of oxytocin can help reduce anxiety, alleviate pain, boost self-esteem, and a whole lot more. Typically, cuddlers join a service (like Snuggle Buddies or Cuddle Up to Me) to help them get connected to clients. Many of these services even offer certification programs. If you’re a tried-and-true cuddler, give it a try!
There are so many unique and weird jobs in the world. It’s amazing all the different ways you can make a living. So if the traditional career path bores you to death, know that there are tons of options out there for you.