21 Jobs You Probably Didn’t Think Existed

There are some jobs that don’t come up in conversation much. Someone recently asked an online forum, “People with jobs most people don’t know exist, what do you do?” Here are the 21 best answers.

The TV-watching button pusher

Being Way Too Invested Into the Life of Reality TV Stars
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“I work at a company, which will remain nameless, that gets rid of commercials in sports bars and now in the home, replacing it with endless amounts of media customizable by the consumer. My job as quality control is to push a button on an iPad when the channel – ESPN, for example – switches to a commercial from the program. This triggers the change in all restaurants/bars using the service (every Dave and Busters in the nation uses our program). I get paid to watch ESPN and push a button on an iPad.”

Flavorist

Flavorist
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“We basically create or duplicate flavors using chemicals, extracts, oils, etc. Food processing destroys a lot of natural flavors, so it’s our job to make sure the food tastes the way it should (i.e.: Products that say “made with real cheese” taste so good because of cheese flavoring not because there’s a small amount of cheese in there). You think you know how something tastes until someone asks you to duplicate it for them…”

Horse braider

Horse Braider
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“My mom is a horse braider, not a breeder but a braider. She braids horses, manes, and tails for horse shows. It’s quite lucrative because, as people who own horses know, everything to do with horses is expensive.”

“As someone who rides professionally, I have to say that the entire world is extremely grateful for braiders. I hate braiding. Braiding is the worst.”

Corporate scenery painter

Corporate Scenery Painter
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“I paint corporate scenery. Corporate scenery is EVERYWHERE, but it’s designed to be unobtrusive. Whenever there’s a stage at a conference, a trade show, a product release, or an ad shoot, they hire a scene shop to build and paint their specific design.”

“Wow, I never gave this any thought before. That’s really cool.”

Potato dirt sprinkler

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“I worked at a Grocery Store last winter, right around Christmas time. I had to sprinkle dirt on the potatoes in the produce section to make them look freshly picked. Then the customers would get home and erase all my hard work.”

“I work at a grocery store too, and they’ll send me around the store with basically a razor blade on a stick to peel produce stickers off the floor.”

Virtual clothing-maker

Making Virtual Clothing and Selling It for Money on a Dress-Up Chat Game
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“I make virtual clothing and sell it for money on a dress-up chat game.”

“This is something my kid would love. She’s very artistic.”

Telephone captioning

Customer Service Representative
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“I caption telephone calls in real-time for the deaf and hard of hearing as my part-time job.”

“I’ve used your service in the past when I was doing customer service. It’s really weird talking like the captioner isn’t actually there.”

Building hiking trails

Building Hiking Trails
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“I used to build hiking trails. A lot of people assume they just are naturally formed or something, but that’s the goal of a good trail builder.”

“Former trial builder here. Trail crews will often spend weeks to months at a time living on site. It’s not feasible to have the entire crew commute two hours each way daily to and from the site. So there is a whole community created to support this operation.”

The bird bounty hunter

Falconer
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“I work as a falconer, using birds of prey to keep other birds away from train tracks, airports, farms, you name it. It’s like being a bird bounty hunter.”

“I met a falconer somewhere in California who did the same thing!”

Commercial diver

Commercial Diver
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“I do underwater construction/ salvage /inspection. People don’t think about it, but for pretty much any job that requires something to be done underwater, we get a call. It’s loads of fun, and the pay is great!”

“This is a weirdly common job in my area! Something I discovered through the joys of Tinder.”

Elevator call responder

Answering Calls From People Stuck in an Elevator All Over the US
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“I used to answer calls from people stuck in an elevator all over the US. You would push the button thinking you were calling someone in the building. Nope, you were getting some person in a Texas call center.”

“I accidentally pressed that button once at a previous job and was surprised someone answered!”

TV digital archiver

Digital Archiving of Old Video Tapes
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“I watch TV all day. It’s actually digital archiving of old videotape, but it’s for major networks who have massive tape libraries of stuff like BETA, VHS, umatic, 1″ and 2″ tape, and anything else in between. All the old magnetic tape is starting to expire, so they ship pallets of videos to the company I work for, and we record them in real-time, then send back the files.”

Club lighting technician

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“I used to work in clubs/venues doing lighting and other tech work. On club nights, I’d be operating the lighting rig, and people would come knock on my booth window and think I was the DJ. They, and people I’d meet who ask what I do for work, would usually say, ‘Oh I always thought it’s just a computer or something.’”

“Lighting techs/designers of the world unite.”

Netflix time-stamper

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“Not recently, but a few years ago, my job was to timestamp Netflix videos for the ‘Skip Intro’ button. It was the single best job ever until they stopped allowing remote work for what I was doing.”

“I’ve frequently wondered how they know where to put the skip button, so thank you for answering that. I always assumed it was some sort of bot that detected the end of theme songs.”

Butler for a Marquis

Butler
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“I’m a butler! I work for a Marquis in the West Midlands of England on a large estate. I’m always surprised, but a lot of people didn’t know it was a real job (especially Americans). I’m also fairly young and break the stereotypes that Alfred Pennyworth has set about how a butler should be.”

“I mean, I knew it was a job; I just didn’t know it still is a job today.”

Demand planner

Demand Planner
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“I’m a demand planner. My job is to make sure when you walk into a store or order online, we have that specific thing you want in stock. Most jobs I’ve worked required us to have 95%+ products in stock at all times. Usually, when we have a stock out, it’s because some genius decided he needed 64 hammers or 500 gallons of milk at once, screwing up the demand model.”

“The other day, someone came in and asked if they could buy 1000 cases of water. Our supply chain team did NOT like that.”

Hostage trainer

Training People in How To Survive in the Event of Being Taken, Hostage
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“I’m involved with training people in how to survive in the event of being taken hostage. The courses are designed for people who work in hostile environments.”

Disability support friend

Disability Support
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“I’m basically paid to be my ‘client’s’ best friend. His disability makes him either the coolest person ever if he likes you or the most difficult person if he doesn’t. So keeping him in a good mood requires me to be like a constant hype man and get him pumped for the next little part of every day. And his thing is he can sniff out insincerity a mile away, which is why none of the past caregivers have worked out, so you have to genuinely enjoy hanging out with him. Luckily I do.”

Pathologists Assistant

Pathology Lab Tech at a Hospital
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“When somebody gets surgery for let’s say, colon cancer, where do you think the leftover guts go? I receive them in the lab and then examine and dissect them. Then the tissue gets made into microscope slides for further diagnosis.”

“I work in a pathology lab in northern Europe with this! I don’t dissect the specimens by myself yet, but I do everything else, like sectioning and staining, etc. Most people freak out a bit when I explain my job.”

Distribution fraud investigator

Distribution Fraud Investigator
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“Not surprisingly, there is a ton of fraud/bribery/tax evasion that goes down in this business. I was fresh out of college, and I would have people 30 years older than me literally begging for their lives.”

Ocular procurement technician

Ocular Procurement Technician
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“Not anymore, but for a while, I was an ocular procurement technician. I would harvest corneas or entire globes from recently deceased people for transplant or research.”

“Hey, my friend does this! I swear when she makes eye contact with me, she’s sizing up my peepers for future profit.”

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