Quirky Careers & Offbeat Occupations
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Quirky Careers & Offbeat Occupations

Exploring Weird, Wacky, and Interesting Jobs You Never Knew Existed

What do lamplighters, digital detox therapists, and professional cuddlers have in common?


Hint: They aren’t your typical 9 to 5 jobs.


This isn’t your standard career guide. In fact, it’s far from it. Dive into a world where jobs aren’t just about paychecks, but about passion, peculiarity, and sometimes, the downright bizarre.


Inside “Quirky Careers & Offbeat Occupations,” you’ll:

  • Journey to times where gigs like ‘Lamp Lighter’ and ‘Resurrectionist’ were legit.
  • Discover present-day roles so niche, you’ll wonder who even came up with them. Fatburg diver or professional mermaid, anyone?
  • Speculate on roles of the future: Could you be the first ‘Virtual Reality Historian’ or ‘Space Tour Guide’?


Dive in not for career guidance, but for sheer entertainment. Revel in the fascinating, funny, and sometimes outright bizarre world of jobs across the ages.


Ready for a journey packed with trivia, chuckles, and head-scratching moments? The wild world of work awaits. 


But Wait, There’s More!

Finished gawking at the peculiar professions? Think you’ve remembered the wackiest of them all? Flip to the back and challenge yourself (or dare your friends) with a quirky quiz! See who’s the true maestro of offbeat occupations.


Perfect for gatherings, game nights, or simply testing your own retention of the wild world within these pages. It’s a lighthearted way to wrap up your journey and share the amusement with others. Ready to score those bragging rights?

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Inside you'll discover over 240 fun facts about

unique and amazing jobs and careers



Golf ball divers collect golf balls from lakes and ponds on golf courses and sell them back to the course or to golfers. The Golf Ball Diving business is highly competitive, and there are only a handful of companies that offer this service across the US.


Fun Fact: Golf Ball Diving is a dangerous job. Divers can encounter snakes, alligators, and other wildlife in the water hazards.


Salary: $30,000 to $100,000 per year.


A hotel employee who specializes in providing guests with the perfect sleep experience, including pillow and mattress selection, bedtime snacks, and relaxing music.


Fun Fact: The Benjamin Hotel in New York City is known for having a sleep concierge.


Salary: $40,000 to $60,000 per year.


A cheese sommelier is an expert in cheeses, including their origin, production, and pairing with wine and other foods. They may work in cheese shops, advise restaurants on cheese plates, or lead cheese-tasting events.


Fun Fact: The most expensive and rarest cheese in the world is made from a combination of the milk of Balkan donkeys and goat’s milk and is called Pule. It’s produced by only one farm in the world in Serbia. Pule costs around $600 or more per pound. 


Salary: Around $40,000 to $60,000 per year.

What Readers are Saying...

A fun read about jobs you don’t hear about from your guidance counsellor.
Janet H.
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It's a quick read with intersecting facts. It's fun to think about some of these jobs, and things you wouldn't believe are a real profession.
Alicia K.
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It gives people more options to think outside the straitjacket box.
William H.
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Loretta C.
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"See the world of work in a new way."
Diana Lopez
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"Fascinating Read."

If you love history, you will find this book quite fascinating. If you are an entrepreneur, you might just find an idea for a career. It's a quick and easy read and will have you laughing and pondering."
Renee Guill
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"Delightful book."

Everyone has heard of storm chasers, but have you heard of "resurrectionists," (better known as "body snatchers")? Marianne Jennings takes you on a journey of all types of careers (some no longer exist) in Quirky Careers & Offbeat Occupations of the Past, Present, and Future. Marianne writes in a very intriguing manner that makes this book a page-turner that you won't want to put down.

Even if you have the most fantastic career and are completely satisfied, you will enjoy reading this delightful book."
Philip Van Heusen
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About the Author

Marianne Jennings Author

Marianne Jennings is a multiple best-selling and award-winning author. 


Marianne Jennings has always had a passion for the unconventional and the unexpected. With a work history as diverse as the careers featured in this book, she has dabbled in everything from milking cows and winterizing houses to sewing couches and even working at a funeral home. One of her most unusual gigs involved screwing in light bulbs for boards that lit up the New York Stock Exchange before they were digitized. She has even painted the walkways in parking lots, adding a splash of color to an otherwise mundane task.


She loves facts and trivia and always seems to remember the most random ones. To help introduce other places, people, and cultures to others, she likes to share interesting and fun facts that are entertaining and memorable.

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