6 Careers You Probably Never Considered

Everyone gets an academic advisor(s) for your years at whatever college you decide to go to. These advisors will help you decide what you want to do with your experience and what possibilities you have when you graduate.

Now, I’m pretty positive they might discuss the normal options such as doctors, engineers, and computer programmers, but what about the odd jobs that nobody really thinks about?

There is a whole other world of jobs just waiting to be noticed that don’t necessarily need a degree but definitely deserve some time and attention. I mean, somebody has to do it!

Here are 6 jobs to take a look at if you’re thinking of going the “crazy” route after college.

  • Tea taster- $35,550

This is exactly what it sounds like! You taste teas for a living. The job used to be purely based on the knowledge of the taster but now that society has progressed it is a combination between knowledge, preference, and technology.

They use these to identify tea blends to make sure the blends are as close to perfect as possible. Most candidates are on the younger side of life being between the ages of 18-25. Besides knowledge of the process of tea and the characteristics, tasters must refrain from smoking, consuming alcohol, and anything that could inhibit the loss of senses.

  •  Embalmer- $43,680

Now, this isn’t for those with weak stomachs or distaste for dead bodies. This is one of the more gruesome jobs but someone needs to do it. The main job of the embalmer is to prepare the body for burial and making sure the body is disinfected.

They must do tasks such as removing the rest of the fluids from the body and replacing it with embalming liquid, washing the body, and overall just making sure the body looks presentable for the funeral presentation. Some embalmers that work for hospitals or morgues can also be used to help with autopsies and figuring out the cause of death.

  • Bounty hunter- $25,000-$50,000

This job title is the more “exciting” version of what it can usually be called. Also known as bail enforcement agent, this job requires people to find fugitives and in return they get money. Many bounty hunters are self-employed in order to get more of the money.

Depending on where you live, some require no specific training while others need bounty hunters to go through training and obtain certain licenses. This job is very fast paced and can potentially be dangerous. Research skills, computer skills, and defense skill are all helpful attributes to posses if you want to try and pursue a career in chasing after people to be brought to justice.

  •  Fortune cookie writer- $53,070

This is definitely not your typical novelist job. Not many aspiring writers consider the option of being the creative cookie who writes what comes out of your dessert at Chinese restaurants.

There isn’t too much information on such an obscure and small job. What I’ve read is that writers can and will get their inspiration from anywhere. Whether it be an overheard conversation, a billboard, or graffiti, writers are always on the lookout for their next brilliant quote. No English classes are required, just a desire to be the writer of the next great fortune cookie anecdote.

  •  Island caretaker- $104,000

This sounds just as lovely as it really is. Someone will pay you to meander around a tropical island to do various jobs. There are no specific previous job experience, just willing to get in the water and help out around the island.

Some of the jobs include feeding the fish and going around collecting the mail. But you see, this isn’t just for upkeep up the island; it is also for marketing purposes. The caretaker needs to document their experiences around the beautiful island in form of photographs, blog posts, and videos. Overall, you would be getting paid to lie around and tell people why it would be a grand decision to visit!

  •  Submarine cook- $187,000 

Stay away from this job if you hate small spaces and being underwater. This is for someone who isn’t afraid of not seeing sunlight for days at a time: not everyone’s cup of tea. It takes someone special to be able to create meals that are both edible and creative.

Fresh food will only last for so long while under the deep blue sea, meaning frozen and dehydrated foods are available in abundance. So when hundreds of hungry workers are counting on you for a meal that not only tastes good but also isn’t the same as yesterday, things can get scary. A culinary background is necessary as well as creativity and good morale. You must keep them well fed and happy!

These jobs are definitely not for everyone. I personally think that each one of these jobs requires a certain kind of person: some with great creativity, some with a strong stomach. But before you go to law school, take a moment and think about all the other wonderful possibilities you didn’t even know were out there.

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Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas is a freshman at University of Iowa studying Journalism and Nonfiction Creative Writing. She plans to one day be able to get paid to travel around the world writing about her adventures. The day you can find her travel book on the shelves of bookstores will be the day she has finally reached her life goal. When she is not pursuing her dreams of travel writing, she is either at the University's radio station or on her computer wasting time on Tumblr and Netflix.