Most people strive for familiar jobs such as doctors, teachers, tech developers, and so on, but some have taken a more unusual employment path and have ended up with some super unique gigs. Fortunately, many of these jobs also pay well, so if you are looking for a more unique career, it could be worth your while. At the very least, you’ll always have a good conversation starter.
Here are some of the most high-paying odd jobs that you can pursue as a career:
1.) Professional Queuer
People are so busy these days that they are constantly in need of others to do things for them. One of the most unique, however, is having someone wait in line for you. This person is called a professional queuer.
As the name suggests, a professional queuer is essentially a proxy for people that can’t, or don’t want to, wait in line. People will often wait in line for hours to get special release products or collectibles, or even huge discounts on Black Friday. To make sure they secure these items, they have someone wait in line for them.
While this might not sound like the most exciting jobs, the compensation might be enough to change your mind. In the UK, where this job originated, they pay up to £20 an hour for it. That’s almost $30 an hour to essentially do nothing but stand around!
Not many people will know what a greensman is but the job description is pretty straightforward. A greensman is in charge of the greenery and plants on a movie set. If the movie is set in 6th century BC Babylon, the greensman is in charge of replicating the hanging gardens. If it’s a movie about dinosaurs, they will have to develop a floral design consistent with the Mesozoic era. It’s artistic and unusual at the same time.
So, how much money does a greensman make? Around $84,000 a year or $7,000 a month!
3.) Life Coach
Life coaching is not weird in the very sense of the word, but it’s still pretty unique. After all, there are only 23,000 life coaches in North America, while there are over a million physicians in the United States alone.
By definition, life coaches help people make improvements in certain areas of their lives. Life coaching may focus on business, relationships, or just everyday living.
If you want to know how to become a life coach, many schools offer life coaching classes and life coach certification.
While not a requirement, a life coach certification can definitely make a difference in this field. Certified life coaches make between $160 and $325 per hour, depending on the coaching scope.
4.) Toy Designer
Designs toys sounds like a lot of fun, but it also requires many specialized skills. You have to be a visionary of sorts, a child at heart, artistic, creative, and CAD-proficient. That means you’ll likely need a college degree related to arts and design to fare well in this field. Toy designers have a median salary of around $57,000 but can make up to $100,000 annually.
5.) Ethical Hacker
The computer security industry is a billion-dollar enterprise, and every single one of these companies needs ethical hackers. An ethical hacker, or sometimes called a white hat hacker, is a hacker employed by a digital security company to find vulnerabilities in a company’s system.
Ethical hacking is perfect for someone already pursuing a tech career, since a degree in programming and knowledge of programming languages is a must. An ethical hacker can make upwards of $200k a year!
If you still haven’t figured out what to do with your life, there are plenty of extraordinary careers that you can choose from. If you like to stand around all day, maybe you could be a professional queuer. If you like plants and design, maybe a greensman is you’re calling. If you want to help others succeed, you could learn how to become a life coach.
Regardless of what career path you decide to follow, be sure that you love what you’re doing, even if it’s a little outside the box.