In most cases, a person’s career goals are based on his/her personal interests and the contributions the person wants to make to the world. Some people even base their careers off hobbies that started to earn them money in one way or another. Of course, there are several professions that are well-recognized by the public (i.e. doctor, lawyer, teacher), but there are things that we need and use on a regular basis that someone has to provide. Most people wouldn’t readily think of these professions when considering a career (or career change), but hey, somebody’s got to do them.
It’s also important to consider that in today’s world, there are lots of ways to make a living. Society has changed drastically when it comes to creative ways to market a product, and the demand for certain items and services has certainly shifted in the last decade or so.
Whether you’re looking for a new and interesting way to make money, or you just want to know what your options are when it comes to pursuing a career that you feel is worthwhile, you’ll want to give this list a look. Here are 12 strange jobs that you probably didn’t know even existed before now.
If you’ve always had an interest in alternative medicine, you may want to look into becoming an Ayurvedic healer. This medicinal practice originated in India, and the focus of Ayurveda is on balancing the body, as opposed to just treating a few symptoms with medicine. Ayurveda has become pretty popular in the West over the past few years, so people will likely want to learn more when you tell them what you do for a living. A number of natural remedies and supplements that are derived from plants are part of Ayurveda, so you’ll need to study the benefits of each herb and natural treatment before you can take clients. The Ayurvedic Institute, located in New Mexico, offers Ayurvedic healer certifications. So if you live in or near Albuquerque, you’re in luck.
Have you ever wanted a tattoo, but changed your mind a few minutes later? Have you ever wanted to stand out at a costume party, but didn’t quite know how? Chances are you needed a body painter in these situations. Since one probably wasn’t available, do yourself a favor and become a body painter yourself! You’ll work at fairs, carnivals and children’s birthday parties, and you’ll probably get a few gigs at a few music festivals, too. Body painters are also needed for some photo and video shoots. Once you learn the craft, you can network with the creative professionals in your city to get jobs, since you’ll likely work as a freelancer.
Are you always the one telling your family and friends which colors will look great on them? Are you careful to match your clothing according to warm and cool tones? Have you memorized the emotional meanings behind colors, and decorate your home or apply your makeup accordingly? If this sounds like you, you may be cut out to be a color expert. Colorcom states that a color expert is a consultant who combines the psychology of color with the current styles and trends. A color expert also takes design theories and demographic into effect when giving suggestions to others. Your assignments may include suggesting the best colors for a small business company logo, or providing color combinations for a client’s new baby nursery. The International Association of Color Consultants provides the training you’ll need for this career.
Bike messengers, also known as couriers, definitely come in handy in places where there’s heavy traffic. Sometimes, trying to get a package or important letter to a company can be a huge hassle in metropolitan areas where the traffic is often moving slow. If you become a bike courier, you can pretty much skip the traffic jams and get around the city much faster than a car could. Of course, the digital age has greatly reduced the need for bike messengers to deliver hard-copy documents that can be viewed online. However, you could still get pretty steady work if you apply with a company whose focus is food or fashion.
If you’ve always been interested in the science behind food, a flavorist job is likely right up your alley. To be a flavorist, you need a PhD in chemistry or biochemistry, and you can also apply for an internship with a flavor company, also known as a flavor house to solidify your training. As a flavorist, you’d be responsible for testing the natural and artificial ingredients that go into food. It would be your job to give foods their distinct taste, and due to your testing, companies would be able to include phrases like “made with natural flavoring” on their food packaging.
Chances are you probably already have a Facebook account. There’s also a good chance that you’re not getting paid to use your account. People often use websites like Craigslist and Fiverr to sell and promote their products and services on Facebook, and that’s where you come in. You can use your computer whiz skills to make a person’s profile look interesting by posing as their fake virtual boyfriend or girlfriend, or by liking their company Facebook page. Or, you could like the company’s Facebook page to attract more people to it. You can also serve as the direct marketing agent for the company and sell products to anyone who is interested. Yes, it’s a real thing, and yes, you can get paid for it.
Are you always using essential oils to create your own signature fragrance that everyone likes, but can’t quite figure out? Do you wear a rare fragrance that you have to order from a private company to keep other people from having the same signature scent? If so, a job as a fragrance chemist could be perfect for you. As a fragrance chemist you’d be responsible for developing and testing scents for men and women. These can include perfume and cologne, as well a lotion and soap. It’s best to have a chemistry or biochemistry degree before going into this field. If you have an upper level degree, this will get you in the door even faster.
Feng Shui is a science that has been used in Chinese culture for years. It’s based on Taoist beliefs and focuses on energy, also known as chi. When chi is flowing correctly, it's said to promote health, wellness and even prosperity. If you want to help people achieve good fortune in their lives, you may want to become a Feng Shui consultant. You’ll be able to work in a number of areas, such as offices, homes and even gardens. Some people even hire Feng Shui consultants to position items strategically in their stores. There is formal training for this job, but you can also be self-taught, which means you can start whenever you want.
If you have a love for horses and want to help people achieve healing and complete wellness, a job as a hippotherapist would likely appeal to you. Hippo is the Latin word for “horse,” and hippotherapy involves using the movement of horses as part of a treatment plan for patients. The pelvis of the horse has 3D movement, and this is very similar to the action involved in the human walk. This is why horseback riding works so well with people who have physical ailments or severe nerve damage. If you’re already in the occupation, physical or speech therapy fields, you may want to add hippotherapy to your practice.
Flowers are beautiful and colorful, so there’s obviously a place for them in therapy. Horticulture therapy, which is also known as ecopscyhology, involves using plants and planting as part of psychological or physical therapy. This means you can help your clients to work through emotional issues and physical pain through the beauty of gardening. Planting flowers can solidify the messages of consistency and hard work in patients, particularly when they see the results of the planting process. The scent of certain flowers also has therapeutic benefits, and working the ground can also help your clients to build lasting relationships and to release the fear of change.
If you always look forward to your monthly or weekly manicure and have a favorite color you always use, you may want to think about naming some of the colors yourself. A number of nail polish companies have professional namers. These people come up with catchy labels for each nail polish hue. This makes the nail polish easy to remember, and serves as a pretty effective marketing tool. Of course, there are some nail polish companies that take care of the naming process themselves, like Essie. But if you search, you’re likely to find a nail polish company that is looking for your creative expertise.
If you’re like most people in the world, you’re online pretty often. So, you’ve likely seen the thousands of review websites that are out there, like Yelp and TripAdvisor. If you want to find a great hotel or restaurant, you may have referred to these sites before. Did you know that you could actually get paid for posting reviews? You can even create an account for writing positive or negative reviews about a company. Of course, the more positive reviews you write for a company, the more you boost that company’s reputation. However, there is software out there that can spot fake reviews, so be sure to keep your reviews honest and interesting.