9 to 5 in a cubbyhole is not anymore the only option for aspiring youth in the professional space. From the mad to the fad, and solemn to the silly, there is no dearth of choices to make money in the present day reality! But it remains a challenge to explore these unusual options because of lack of knowledge and awareness.
Today many have relinquished the hackneyed career routes and plunged for something more nonrepresentational and unconventional career paths like being a body painter, island caretaker, or veterinary psychologist. Intrigued? Scroll down to know about some of the bizarre and fascinating job opportunities.
12 Most Unusual Career Options
1. Tea Taster
If you are a tea lover, this is just the job for you. A tea tester examines and determines the quality of tea. It is known as a very specialized line of work in the tea industry. The experts are able to decide on the quality of tea depending on its texture, fragrance, and color. Sharp taste buds of these professionals help them perceive even a very delicate difference which a normal tea drinker can never make out. Caveat!
It’s not easy to taste hundreds of tea samples every day.
2. Whiskey Ambassador
Yes, you are reading it right!! Whiskey Ambassadors are paid handsomely for tasting whiskeys and counseling and advocating them depending on their worth. The responsibility is to decide on the premium whiskeys and spread awareness on the fine nuances and distinguishing features in order to pick the best liquor.
One must possess a very sturdy liver to withstand this job!
3. Pet Psychic
If you are an animal lover, your love can beget you a job you will simply adore. Be a pet psychic. All you need to do is to be an animal conversationalist. Pet Psychics employ telepathy procedures to gain knowledge of the unspoken emotions of animals. Other than some amount of formal training, you just need to be caring, loving and have a deep understanding of the body language of animals.
Start by speaking to your pets at home!
4. Ayurveda Healer
Thousands of years old, Ayurveda is a traditional Indian medicine that has gained new significance now a day as an alternative medical procedure. The practice of Ayurveda aspires to create a balance of the human body system and depends heavily on natural or plant-based treatment.
You can do a course on Ayurveda and be a registered Ayurveda healer.
5. Body Painter
If you have been to fairs, festivals or fun events you must have seen crowds thronging around an artist who paints the faces or other body parts of the revelers. He is a body painter! Face painting work with families accompanied by children while there are other such painters who are seen at concerts or exhibitions and paint bodies of adults.
Body painters also paint on clothing used wore on some occasion and is a part of designers’ artistic impression. Body painters are mostly freelancers.
6. Feng Shui Consultant
Feng shui is a Chinese metaphysical and quasi-philosophical system that seeks to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. It is closely linked to Taoism. The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English. Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy. The feng shui practice discusses architecture in metaphoric terms of “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi. (Wiki)
One can implement Feng Shui principals at home or in office, garden, shop, or any other place. The job of a Feng Shui Consultant is to determine the color, lighting, and position of things in a room. You can be a self-taught Feng Shui consultant, but having a formal certification or training is more sensible and helps you as a professional.
7. Fragrance Chemist
Perfumery, as the art of making perfumes, began in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt and was further refined by the Romans and Persians. The world’s first recorded chemist is considered a woman named Tapputi, a perfume maker mentioned in a cuneiform tablet from the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamia (Wiki). Today, perfume is considered a very niche luxury item and by 2024, the global fragrance market is estimated to be worth about USD 92 billion.
Fragrance chemists are actually scientists who deal with the study of odor molecules and these molecules can be of use in making perfumes. Fragrance chemists are known to create and conduct experiments on fragrances for perfumes, soaps, lotions, and other toiletries. The professionals mostly have chemistry or biochemistry educational backgrounds and have Masters or Ph.D. degrees.
8. Online Reviewer
Internet today is a priceless inventory of knowledge for customers seeking information on restaurants, hotels, or products they fancy.
A review is an assessment, an expert opinion or a user’s assessment and evaluation. The latter is especially popular with customers it is considered to provide dispassionate information. With a flair for writing, one can be an online reviewer for a book or other publications, services and products.
Today, most of us go online to search user reviews before we opt for a product or service.
9. Professional Ethical Hacker
The word hacker immediate causes alarm and have a negative connotation with it. Hold On! Today there are hundreds of ethical hackers who are professionals of extremely high skills and are employed to ‘test-hack’ the software of companies or other organizations to ensure security.
These professions are also called ‘white hat hackers,’ and are taken on board to break and enter a computer network and recommend ways to make certain that an unethical hacker doesn’t get access to it. If computers and cyber security are your interest area, this can be a very gratifying job for you.
10. Social Media Manager
Those who are passionate about social media and possess the inherent skill to engage in conversations will simply love the role of a social media manager. Channelize your passion for communicating on social media platforms as a unique model of earning money.
Companies now hire social media managers to manage their social media presence, which in today’s context is extremely vital for the survival of a brand or any business.
11. Voice over artist
If your voice is a gift from above and you love singing, reciting, reading from books, you can explore the opportunity of working as a voice-over artist or as a freelancer. The job involves dubbing for productions, be it for television or any other audio recordings. Apart from enjoying what you do you can easily make good money from it.
If music is what drives you and you are seen with earplugs at any point in time, then the career of a DJ is something you will thoroughly enjoy. However, only passion will not do, you will need a comprehensive knowledge of different genres of music, about artists and all other players involved in the music scene.
The job responsibility is very interesting and as a DJ you would be organizing and playing music at parties and events. You would love every moment of your job while playing the music you love, as you will see people tapping their feet and eventually breaking into a real dance! The payment is handsome too!