Tired of the same old grind? Feel like a widget? Here are some rare occupations you should consider if you want to change to a career that is likely to spark conversation at a cocktail party. They are from Odd Jobs, Portraits of Unusual Occupations by Nancy Rica Schiff.
Condom tester: Pretty self explanatory. Or maybe not. They are tested on steel shafts that are dunked in water.
Doll doctor: Repairs all kinds of dolls at the hundred-year-old New York Doll Hospital.
Knife thrower's assistant: You might worry about job turnover.
Potato chip inspector: Looks for over-cooked chips, or chips that are clumped together.
Wax figure maker: Creates figures for historical displays and museums.
Artificial inseminator: Or theriogenologist. Artificially inseminates hundreds of heifers a day from late April through late June.
Dinosaur duster: Dusts the skeletons in museums.
Horse anesthetist: Veterinary sub-sub specialty.
Barbie dress designer: There are forty of them designing clothes for Barbie, her eight relatives and thirty-two friends.
LEGO model maker: Works for LEGO making huge displays from the blocks.
Ocularist: Paints artificial eyes.
Crack filler: Repairs the wear and tear on Mount Rushmore.
Riddler: Rotates up to 40,000 champagne bottles a day. The bottles must be rotated back and forth at least thirty times over four weeks to facilitate removal of remaining sediment.
Colonic therapist: Administers enemas and colonic irrigation.
So here are some alternative careers. Unfortunately, the book doesn't list salaries. Some of these sound dead boring, others totally disgusting. But they'd be a great conversation starter. Or stopper.