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I organize funerals on behalf of the state for people without any family. I have to search through their homes for any information about them, and I often turn up odd and interesting stuff.
I had one for a guy who had lived in the same flat for over 30 years, didn't have any family and only knew his landlord and maybe one or two neighbours. 'Nice man, but very private, always kept to himself' is a common thing I hear and it applied to this person - I'll call him Harry Smith.
I searched the property, found nothing unusual and the funeral was held with a minimal attendance. A few weeks later, when his estate was being wrapped up, we discovered that 'Harry Smith' (same name, same date and place of birth) had died years earlier in a different country.
How could someone have died twice? More investigation turned up the fact that Harry had had a brother who had gone AWOL from the army in the 50s and never been heard from again.
The real Harry had died first, and his brother must have assumed his brother's name and lived in virtual isolation for half a century, I assume terrified of being caught.
#13 Oh yes, totally. You can also take this up.
You know those fire evacuation maps that are entirely useless because no one's gonna stop and look at a map on their way out of a burning building? Yeah, I design those.
#12 Interesting much?
I find and keep track of submarines from an airplane.
#11 If you are good at English.
I fix grammatical errors in Microsoft help pages. For real.
The list isn't getting over this soon. Keep reading.
#10 You can love mosquitoes too.
I am a mosquito inspector. I travel to mosquito breeding habitats, look for larvae, then treat accordingly; also, some adulticiding.
#9 Get set to show off your swimming skills.
This is a job I had in high school and early college years.
But I was a lifeguard response tester. I would go to public pools or lakes with a lifeguard. Then I would "drown", and see how well they handled the situation. It was fun, except when they would fail, and I had to walk over telling them "I was drowning for about ten minutes."
#8 When money is of no worth.
Every day, I go into a big vault for the reserve bank of New Zealand and burn money. Daily, we destroy thousands of bank notes to phase out the old ones to make way for the new.
#7 Want some lunch break?
I used to be a food taster! I worked for a multi-brand, global company, and my job was to eat the R&D food all day. The best bit was, in between 8 solid hours of eating whatever food we were tasting that day, we used to get a lunch break.
There are more such unusual jobs ahead.
#6 Who says only kids can have fun at amusement parks?
I do lighting for amusement parks. People generally tell me they never realized you could do that for a living. I remind them that everything was done by somebody.
#5 When it's time for you to work on your horseback riding lessons.
Therapeutic horseback riding instructor. Providing horseback riding lessons to people with special needs as a form of therapy.
#4 Football fan?
I started the first football team in China. American football. Full gear, tackle. Now there are over 70 teams. I run a non-profit organization that helps the development of that sport.
#3 You can always help others.
I'm a patient safety assistant at a large hospital. I sit for hours at the bedside of patients who pose some sort of threat to themselves, for example if they're suicidal or have severe dementia.
But you gotta see the last two unimaginable works coming up.
#2 Who will not like this?
I work as an activities director at an Alzheimer's unit. A lot of places just let their residents sit in their rooms and wait to die, but at my place of work, we do tons of stuff like set up concerts, host church services, and organize wine tastings. It's the most fun/rewarding job I've had.
#1 Some bat-hunting maybe?
Biological environmental pest consultant… I look for and find bats.
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