Make up to $100K with these 10 truly bizarre jobs

Have you ever thought about ditching your 9 to 5 job? Well, we’ve got some truly bizarre career options you just might want to consider!

Picture this: You’re in a job that’s far from ordinary—it’s unconventional, it’s bizarre. But hey, it pays the bills and then some. From competitive eating to sniffing out odors, these roles veer off the beaten path and into the realm of the extraordinary.

And the best part? These offbeat, quirky careers pay $45,000, $67,000, $100,000 (sometimes more) a year. Ready to dive into the world of unusual jobs?

Let’s get started! Watch our video below or scroll down to read the article.

Job #1: Snake Milker

That’s right, these brave folks extract venom from poisonous snakes for use in antivenoms and medical research.

This job requires specialized training, a strong motivation to follow safety precautions, and we’re guessing quick reflexes.

According to the Environmental Science Organization, median salary for snake milkers is a decent $66,350.

But maybe you’re like Indiana Jones and snakes just aren’t your thing.

Well, if you’ve got the appetite for it, this job might fit the bill…

Job #2: Dog Food Taster

Yes, humans test taste dog food! They taste it to ensure its quality and flavor.

They analyze the nutritional value of the ingredients and write reports on the foods they test.

Helping man’s best friend isn’t such a bad job. Especially when you consider U.S. dog food tasters average about $46,536.

But, hey, maybe you’re craving human food instead of dog food. Then you’ll want to hear about…

Job #3: Competitive Eater

A competitive eater is someone who participates in contests that challenge participants to rapidly consume copious quantities of food.

These contests range from eating gluttonous amounts of hot dogs, ice cream, burgers, tacos, sushi, burritos, spicy chicken… the list goes on.

Competitive eating is so popular it’s covered as a sporting event by ESPN.

Winners can make some serious dough.

Forbes reported an estimated $400,000 to $500,000 in prize money up for grabs through eating contests put on by the Major League Eating.

Competitive eaters on YouTube rake in ad revenue, sponsorships, and endorsements from their stomach-busting videos.

And competitive eating champ Joey Chestnut reported earning $500,000 in 2022 with a net worth exceeding $4 million.

Maybe you’re looking for something where you can burn calories instead of consuming them?

Then you might try your hand at…

Job #4: Golf Ball Diver

These workers dive into golf course water hazards to retrieve lost golf balls.

Risks of the job include dangerous wildlife lurking in the water and golfers deliberately aiming to hit the divers.

Still, the pay can be awesome. One California golf ball diver says he nets $100,000 a year!

Looking for a job where your boss actually encourages you to slack off? Better apply for…

Job #5: Professional Sleeper

These workers get paid to sleep for various purposes. 

They might participate in sleep studies for medical research; test mattresses, pillows, or sleep products; provide feedback to hotels on the quality of their rooms.

Based on how much product testers make, Indeed estimates professional sleepers can snooze their way to about $46,000 a year.

Do you have keen powers of observation? Then there’s a job perfect for you…

Job #6: Drying Paint Watcher

These eagle-eyed workers are responsible for monitoring how paint dries to check for changes in color and texture.

This job is done by quality control technicians in the paint industry.

OK, this job may sound uninteresting and tedious. But those who watch paint dry for a living claim it’s fascinating work.

Plus, you’ll earn a decent salary of $45,581 a year, according to GlassDoor.

Can you smell a rat from a mile away? Then you’ll want to check out…

Job #7: Odor Judge

These people are hired to smell and rate various products, such as deodorants, perfumes, or foods.

This job requires a keen nose and a tolerance for unpleasant odors.

The pay range for this job is no stinker!

ZipRecruiter estimates the average wage for an odor judge is $32 an hour or about $64,000 a year.

Job #8: Chicken Sexer

This job involves identifying the sex of newly hatched chicks.

It requires a lot of experience and accuracy, as the sex of chicks is not easy to determine by sight alone.

Chicken sexers often work for huge chicken farms and may work with thousands of chicks a week.

According to GlassDoor, the median annual pay for chicken sexers is $43,260.

Have a comfortable pair of shoes and don’t mind waiting around?

Then you just might want to apply for…

Job #9: Professional Line Stander

They stand in line for people at store releases, to buy concert tickets, or government offices. Line standers may need to stay in line in bad weather or even overnight.

This job requires patience, endurance, and good communication skills with clients.

Opportunities and earnings for line standers are better in larger cities. ZipRecruiter reports line standers in San Francisco make about $51,000 a year.

Interested in a job where you can make a splash? Then you’ll want to try out…

Job #10: Professional Mermaid

Also known as underwater aquatics performers, they wear mermaid costumes and perform at parties, promotional events, or aquariums.  

This job requires a flair for entertainment, excellent swimming skills, and a custom-made mermaid tail.

The ability to work with children is a must as professional mermaids often perform at kids’ birthday parties.

One professional mermaid told Business Insider she makes about $45,000 a year.

And there you have it—10 occupations that defy the ordinary and challenge our very definitions of a “job.”

These quirky professions remind us there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to making a living. At the heart of each offbeat job lies passion, dedication, and a testament to human creativity.

So, the next time you’re pondering a career shift or even just looking for a new hobby, remember: There’s always room for a sprinkle of the unconventional. Because, after all, why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Elizabeth Blessing

Elizabeth Blessing is the founder of Windfall Wealth Report. She has over 10 years of experience as a freelance personal finance writer. Her clients have included Investopedia, Investing Daily, The Lazy Trader, and Leeb Financial.

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