Some jobs are rare that they are hardly seen or noticed by the public. People who do these jobs are either specialists or living in their countries where industries support such work. Here are the weird jobs around the world. Professional Line Sitter Have you remembered waiting in line to buy something or withdraw from a bank only to find out there’s a long box office line? How about not having time to queue before the movie theatre? Here comes the professional line sitter that waits in line in place of the customer. People may leave their lines for temporary reasons such as forgetting something, going for a pee, and the lists go on. Not having someone to temporarily stand for you in line could risk others taking your place and thus having you to fall in line again at the tail of the queue. In fact, this job has already profited one guy from New York, USA. Here is a video and article. Professional Mourners Professional mourners are like actors who are paid to cry during the wake or interment. They cry loudly to show attendees and the family that the deceased is missed or revered during his/her days on earth. An example of this job is from Kenya; here is the video. Train Pusher Japan is known for its efficient transport system that includes trains, taxis and subways. Train operators also follow strict schedules to ensure that trains arrive on time. Unfortunately, during rush hours, train stations are packed with commuters. Here train pushers come to the rescue by pushing people inside the coach before it departs the station. Snake Milker Well, snakes don’t produce milk like cows as they aren’t mammals. The term “milk” here refers to the venom collected. The snake milker collects the venom for scientific and vaccine research. Snake milkers prepare and hold the head of the venomous snake until it can’t move. The brave professional pushes the snake’s fangs against the glass top covered with transparent plastic wrapper held by a rubber band. A video from Brave wilderness shows the milking process. Snake milking is a dangerous job and must be done by a highly trained person. One mistake can lead to an instant death caused by the venom. Venoms are proteins, enzymes and toxins that can either shut down the nervous system or damage tissues. Here is the video of the effects of a one drop of venom in the blood - a venom clots the blood. Unless you’re the venom man, it’s too risky to do this job. Rental Handsome Man Handsome man for rent. One company in Japan rents their handsome men to women who are looking for some shoulders to cry on. These women are either stressed or coping with the recent heartbreak. The solution, hire a handsome man who is there to listen to their problems and emotions. The man wipes the tears from the woman’s eyes and consoles her with comforting words. Here’s a video from the National Geographic. Pet Food Taster Pet foods are specialised and compact food for cats and dogs. Such food exists in pellet, jerky or meatloaf form. Human tasters make sure that pet foods are palatable for humans by recording their taste experiences. The only thing that you can make you wonder about this job - do human taste buds are the same with dogs and cats? Ostrich Babysitter Ostrich is the largest bird in the world and stands taller than humans. The bird’s egg is the largest. This job involves watching a baby or young ostrich keep them from running off and prevent pecking at one another. One ostrich farm from South Africa has this video. Friends to pose for selfies Family romance is a Japanese company that offers friends for rent. As you can know from the gist, friends for rent pose for photos inside the client’s house. A video from Vice Asia documents how a group of friends brought party foods and decors. They also posed for photos to make the client appear having a lot of friends attending his birthday and social media followers on Instagram and Facebook. Professional Armpit Sniffer Sounds gross, maybe for some, but professional armpit sniffers might be earning big bucks by smelling armpits of test models. They work for deodorant maker companies and record the smell. Their observations are vital for manufacturers who want to know the efficacy of their products. Ciudacarros Cuidacarros are people who earn their living by watching over your car to prevent someone from vandalizing or robbing inside your car. This job is found in Brazil and Costa Rica. If you happen to park your car in depressed or crime-ridden areas, then you may need Ciudacarros. Underwater Delivery Pizza Man An underwater delivery pizza man’s task is basically to deliver pizza underwater whether it’s 10 or 20 feet below water. At Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida, pizza delivery service is offered. The diver carries an oxygen tank, goggles and a waterproof suitcase holding the pizza. It could be a real pain if the customer orders the wrong pizza or demands an extra napkin. Visit this video for how this adventure is being done. Cuddling Girl Japan is known for innovations and also new things and services that can be rented. A cuddling girl refers to a service that includes sleeping and cuddling with a girl (no sexual services involved). Most clients are salarymen or young men dedicated to working for their earnings. The pay depends on the type of service such as sleeping beside the girl or cuddling the girl. Here’s a video.
Some jobs are already extinct due to advances in technology. One of the examples of jobs axed were in the telecommunications industry. Such jobs gradually disappeared as new smartphones entered the market. Here are the extinct jobs from the medieval period to recent history. Telephone Booth Clerk The 1980s and 1990s decade was the era of a golden age for telecommunications companies that employ telephone booth clerks. The job of clerks was to guide and connect customers to their friends or loved ones. They may also process the payments of customers using the telephone booth. When the smartphones came into the market and became more affordable for the public, telephone booths slowly faded as well as the telecom companies that were too slow or unable to innovate or upgrade their products and services. Gong/ Night Farmer Don’t be misled by the term “farmer” in this occupation, gong farmers didn't harvest crops but instead …. A crap - fecal matter. So there goes, during the medieval period in the European countries, relieving oneself involves a privy consisting of a raised board and a collector underneath. The feces were collected into the cesspits. Over time, these cesspits overflowed with feces and needed to be empty. This is where gong farmers do their job - empty and collect their stinking harvest. Gong farmers carried carts or wheelbarrows to collect heaps or piles of poop and dump them into the community pit. Because of the unholy smell emanating from the human excrement, gong farmers only worked at night to avoid disturbing people from being horrified by the obnoxious gases. That’s when the term “Night farmer” came into being. The word “Gong” came from the word “going” from the phrase going to the bathroom. The invention of latrines, septic tanks and sewage collection services had made this job extinct. Bowling Pinsetter Photo by Library of Congress and licensed under Creative Commons If you have been to bowling alleys during the 1990s and early 2000s, most bowling centres employ bowling pinsetters. These workers’ job was to collect pins and lay them upright for players to hit. The downside of this job is that you have to avoid being hit by the plastic or fibreglass ball and end up with the injured foot. Pinsetter machines replaced this job in most or all bowling alleys. Telegram Messenger Back to the 1980s and 1990s, when people sent letters to telecom companies. A telegram is a short-medium message with a corresponding price for the number of words. A messenger task was to carry a bunch of envelopes containing messages delivered by a cargo. The invention of smartphones and SMS have made this job obsolete. Human Alarm Clock During the industrial revolution in Ireland and Britain, a paid human alarm clock or knocker-up woke up their clients using sticks to knock onto the doors and windows. This job went extinct with the invention of mechanical and digital alarm clocks. Old Gaming Console Attendant Back to the 1990s, when gaming consoles such as the family computer and sega were common, jobs sprouted at that time. A gaming console attendant’s job was to record the time in and time out of players. They also ensured that the rules’ were followed such as throwing litters in the trash can and processing payments. Today, there are still gaming console attendants but they are mostly limited to virtual reality consoles and high-end gaming PCs. Morse Code Operator Morse code constitutes dots, dashes, and spaces that correspond to letters, punctuation and numbers. Such dots and dashes are represented by long and short sounds. Back to the 19th century and early 20th century, most telecom companies used Morse code for communication. The invention of smartphones, cell sites and other radio communication devices made the commercial use of morse code obsolete. Now, this job is confined to some of the aviation and naval industries. Pager Operator Way back to the 1990s when pagers were regarded as a mobile form of texting just like today’s mobile phones, pager operators stand between the sender who calls via phone and the receiver who owns a pager. The job involved transcribing the verbal message of the messenger and sending that message into the pager of the receiving person. A pager is a small and pocket-size device with LCD backlit display that shows monochrome characters of numbers and letters. When mobile phones arrived at the telecommunication scene, the use of pagers plummeted. Slowly, mobile phones replaced pagers although pagers are still used by some doctors, rescue teams, lifeboat crews, mountain rescue teams and emergency workers. Pagers hold one big advantage - they use very high frequency which needs few transmitters and less interfering obstacles compared to smartphones. Video Store Attendant If you’re the 1980s or 1990s kid, you may remember those shops housing shelves or libraries of VHS and Betamax tapes. Betamax was developed by Sony to record sounds and videos. VHS or video home system is another recording medium released by Japan Vector Company. The video store attendant’s job was to process requests of customers, help them find the best movies, inform them about the latest release and process payments. Soon after early 2000s CDs and blu-ray disks came and replaced VHS and Betamax tapes which became museum pieces. The obsolescence of Betamax and VHS tape ended the careers of video store attendants. Lamplighter In the early 19th century and 20th century, gas streetlights illuminated cities, homes and streets. Someone had to light these lampposts and extinguish them by the next morning. Thousands of these lampposts were installed in major cities and thus required numerous lamppost lighters. Lamppost lighters used to carry ladders and matches to remove the lamp cover and light a candle or some sort of gas soaked wick. Soon after, the introduction of incandescent light bulbs and fluorescent lamps made this job extinct. Reel Film Projectionist Reel film projectionists carry film reels measured 2,000 foot or 610 meters and it can be longer than that depending on the movie’s duration. He or she may replace the reel with another one after the movie finishes, maintain film projectors and repair the devices. The invention of digital format mediums such as hard disks, solid-state drives and USB drives made this job from near to complete obsolescence. Today, film projectionists became digital projectionists who are masters of digital film projectors equipped with hard drives or USB ports. Some reel film projections do exist but they are limited to some speciality and old cinemas.