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.
Quirky Careers & Offbeat Occupations
 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?

Inside you'll discover over 240 fun facts about unique and amazing jobs and careers including:

Professional Mermaid
Professional Mermaids

Professional mermaids and mermen perform at theme parks, aquariums, and even private events, entertaining audiences with their swimming skills and elaborate costumes. 


Fun Fact: There are mermaid and merman schools and certification programs where enthusiasts can learn the art of performing as a mermaid or merman.


Salary: $50,000 to $100,000 per year.

Professional Chef onboard airplanes
In-flight chefs

In-flight chefs are responsible for creating menus, sourcing ingredients, and preparing meals that meet the specific dietary requirements and preferences of passengers.  Taste buds and the sense of smell behave differently at high altitudes. In-flight chefs have to design their recipes with stronger flavors and seasonings to compensate for this change.


Fun Fact: Some airlines offer in-flight cooking classes, where passengers can learn how to prepare dishes from their on-board chef. 


Salary: $45,000 to $80,000 per year.

Beer sommelier
Beer Sommeliers

A beer sommelier, also known as a beer maven and cicerone, is an expert in different types of beer, including their ingredients, brewing methods, and flavor profiles. Beer sommeliers can identify over 1,000 different types of beer. They may work in breweries, advise restaurants on beer pairings, or lead beer-tasting events. 


Fun Fact: The world’s first beer sommelier certification program was launched in 2004 in Belgium.


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

Golf Ball Divers

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.

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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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