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13 Unusual Jobs You Never Thought Made Good Money


Source: | Original Post Date: January 18, 2016 –


We’ve all been asked, “So…what do you do?” and you’ve had to give the old song and dance routine about how you’re in-between jobs, or that you’re a student looking to enter “the field” (whatever that may be). And more often than not, you’ll get an eyebrow raise and a “Oh yeah? How’s that working out?”

Isn’t that bitterly humiliating? Well, fear not. I’ve compiled for you a list of unusual, never-really-given-it-a-thought jobs that are there for your taking. Best of all, people will be interested in what you do. No one cares if you’re a daytrader on Wall Street. There’s like thousands of those guys. But a golf ball diver? How often do you meet one of those guys?

1. Sex Toy Testers: $39,000

Rejoice all sex-positive, chronic masturbating, sex experimenters out there! There’s a job that calls for your hyper-libido and it comes in the form of a sex toy tester. It’s not all fun and games, though. You’re an important member of a group that provides equipment that’s supposed to feel great, so you have to be careful in taking notes and understand how the body works. According to AOL, sex toy testers can make on average, $39,000 (all while working from home).

2. Food Stylist: $33,000

This is where art, photography, and an eye for detail all mesh together. Create a visually delicious, eye-wateringly coveting meal using your skills as a chef and food modeler. You’ll end up using some unconventional tools to re-color and brighten up your meals, but that’s just part of the job. Sell it, baby! Expect to make around $33,000 as a food stylist.


3. Roadkill Cleaner: $20,000 to $70,000

According to USA Today, there were about 1 million car accidents in 2011 that involved deer. And someone has to clean that mess up. That person could be you. An animal is hit every day by a vehicle somewhere around your neighborhood. It’s your job to remove it from the pavement and do your part to make your neighborhood beautiful to look at again. Roadkill collectors are paid per carcass or by the hour, which apparently can be up around $70,000, but the downside is that you’re on call no matter the holiday or the hour.

4. Dog Food Taster: $40,000

So you have a good taste bud. And you want to use it to help others? How about our furry friends? You can taste dog food to make sure it’s delicious and has a good consistency. The average dog food taster made $40,000 in the United States. Not too shabby, isn’t that right Carly? I will say, though, they usually spit the food out after tasting.

5. Professional Snuggler: $60/hour

Imagine getting paid up to $60 for snuggling. If that were the case, I’d be a rich man! I’d snuggle up with anyone and everyone I can find. Who doesn’t like to snuggle? Seriously! Who doesn’t? And get paid to snuggle with someone who needs one? You’d be making the world a far better place with naps and snuggle time. Although professional snuggling sounds like a cute name for prostitution, it’s actually really only snuggling. No sex involved. Just snuggles.


6. Horse Exerciser: $52,000

If you love horses, but you’re too tall to be a jockey, and have not enough money to own a ranch, keep reading. Horse exercisers are the men and women who help horses warm up before a race and take them out on exercise runs during off-days. As horse exercisers, you must be able to gauge a horse’s well-being (if they’re feeling sick, or upset, or whatever they’re conveying to you) and convey all that to the jockey in full. If you can, the average salary for a horse exerciser is $52,000. (And all you need is a high school diploma!)

7. IMAX Cleaner: $45,000

The biggest problem IMAX theaters face aren’t rowdy crowds or sticky floors. It’s actually dust. A lot of dust. Due to the size of the screen, a shit-ton of dust can find their way on to it, and hand-held dusters aren’t going to do the job. That’s where IMAX cleaners come in. You can expect to make $45,000 a year cleaning IMAX screens.

8. Golf Ball Diver: $50,000 to $100,000

These divers swim into lakes usually full of snapping turtles, alligators, and snakes to recover golf balls that they’re going to refurbish and sell for a discounted price. According to an ESPN article, divers “have reported annual income in the $50,000 to $100,000 range,” thanks to at least “200 million golf balls lost each year in the United States.”


9. Water Slide Tester: $34,000

This might’ve been your dream job from when you were a kid, enamored with the water park. You can actually be the person to test out water slides to make sure they are safe for kids — and adults — for $34,000 a year.

10. ‘Professional’ Bridesmaid: $300 to $2,000 per wedding

In a $51 billion industry, professional bridesmaids are a recent phenomenon. Started by Jen Glantz, professional bridesmaids attend the weddings of strangers and can even help out with the wedding planning phase. There are bridesmaids “packages” to consider by the wedding party. They range anywhere from $300 to $2,000. Get out there and put your Craigslist ad up.


11. Bereavement Coordinator: $44,000

If you really like to help people through their worst times, becoming a bereavement coordinator might fit the bill. As one, you help guide families who have lost a loved one, and your duties range from making funeral arrangements, counseling, and providing any information that might be asked by the grieving. You’ll find bereavement coordinators in hospice and hospitals and this occupation requires at least four years in college. Bereavement coordinators make on average $44,000.

12. Fortune Cookie Writer: $28,000 to $75,000

Getting paid to write is one thing, but to get paid to write deep, philosophical quotes about abstract things is another. As a fortune cookie writer, you’re tasked with writing concise, sometimes funny, sometimes not, phrases to be printed on a small sliver of paper. And because you have such little space, you need to get creative (like people do with Twitter and 140 characters). If you’re starting out, expect to make a salary of $28,000.


13. Furniture Testers: $31,000

Get paid to sit and lie down on furniture. You’d be testing furniture to see how comfortable they are and give feedback to the manufacturers on what they need to improve on. Expect to make around $31,000 a year.

Written by Michael Koh of