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Was Craig in HR Formerly Liberace’s Bartender? The Most Unusual Job Titles of 2008

Is quiet Joe, who does immaculate work but never talks much to anyone, a former circus fire eater? Or are your employees more true to form, such as Sarah in marketing who stashes chocolate bars in her desk – and, it turns out, actually used to be a chocolate bar quality tester?

CareerBuilder recently asked more than 8,700 workers about the most unusual job they have had on our “Most Unusual Jobs” survey – and the results make up a mix of dangerous, fun, tedious, creative, and even tasty career choices.

Dream job or not, I think the workers in the jobs below would agree that their positions are definitely original.

Some of the unusual job standouts:

  • Hurricane hunter
  • Wallpaper peeler
  • Kitty litter box decorator
  • Video game tester (“Grandma’s Boy,” anyone?)  
  • Nuclear electrician on a submarine
  • Turkey wrangler (get yours now!)
  • Parachute tester (yikes)
  • Romance specialist
  • Yawn counter at a sleep clinic (my personal favorite)

Click here for the full A to Z list of results.

According to a survey of 2,000 employees in the UK conducted by Creative & Cultural Skills, a whopping 65 percent of adults would like the chance to be more creative in their work. It’s also interesting to note that 61 percent of respondents said they think their bosses are unaware of their creative talents.

Do any of your employees have a past of unusual jobs or a knack for doing something differently than everyone else? If so, are you putting their unique skills to good use? Even if not applicable in their actual job position, your employees may be able to breathe new life into your company’s monthly newsletters, softball league, company bake-off, concert fundraiser…or annual wallpaper-peeling competition.

You have a staff filled with diverse and talented people – you might want to think about getting to know them – and their talent for the unusual.

Do you have any employees with a past of unusual jobs? Or have an unusual job experience of your own to share?

Amy McDonnell

About Amy McDonnell

Originally hailing from Ohio, Amy is the creative services manager on the content services team and has been with both CareerBuilder and the city of Chicago for nearly a decade. She writes on a range of recruitment topics on The Hiring Site, striving to bring a dose of clarity and humor to sometimes complicated issues around employee attraction, engagement and retention. When she's not working, Amy spends as much time as possible reading, pretending to be a chef, writing short stories, eating Nutella out of the jar, waiting for CTA buses and trains, going to see her favorite bands live, and spending time with people who inspire and challenge her.
10 comments
Banesfin
Banesfin

Ok very interesting but how do I get to apply for an unusual job and where do I find them in the first place??????

Sandy
Sandy

While working for an employment agency in Tyler, TX, I had the opportunity to hire quite a number of "worm farmers" since Tyler is the ROSE capital of the universe. Huge biz there. Worms make good soil for the growing of roses. Dirty biz, but profitable!

Sandy
Sandy

While working for an employment agency in Tyler, TX, I had the opportunity to hire quite a number of "worm farmers" since Tyler is the ROSE capital of the universe. Huge biz there. Worms make good soil for the growing of roses. Dirty biz, but profitable!

Kellie
Kellie

I've actually gotten to use my "secret talents" at my current job. I work as an HR Representative now, but I was a former math teacher, and I get to edit some of the math books we publish- especially the algebra and geometry.

Amy Chulik
Amy Chulik

Ah, thank you for pointing that out, Kevin. I meant to link the 2008 and somehow linked an outdated survey. Apologies to everyone who clicked on the link prior to this.

Please see corrected link in the posting and here.

Amy Chulik
Amy Chulik

Ah, thank you for pointing that out, Kevin. I meant to link the 2008 and somehow linked an outdated survey. Apologies to everyone who clicked on the link prior to this.

Please see corrected link in the posting and here.

Kevin
Kevin

Why is the A-Z link pointing to a list that is three-years-old?

greenrose
greenrose

My first job was a Christmas Ornament Shellac Dipper!

Lisa Benny
Lisa Benny

Drinking while on the job - now that's unusual. I guess you may have learned about proper business ethics while ensuring the bartender was truly administering the perfect pour. Just a guess.

ZoomInfinite
ZoomInfinite

So what kind of tasks do my skills as a former "secret drinker" at O'Hare airport bars prepare me for?

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