These wacky jobs may not be for everyone, but someone's gotta do them! [TWEET]

Distasteful, grueling, nauseating, pungent, dangerous, and deadly: these are a few of the adjectives used to describe these five strangest jobs. These positions represent some of the wackiest careers on the market. Next time you’re grumbling about the cheap coffee in the break room, think about those who have to sniff armpits, milk snakes and taste dog food.  

Pet Food Taster

Even pets have discriminating taste buds, and, yes, while it's true that dogs may eat anything, veterinarians recommend they shouldn’t. That’s where pet food tasters come into play. Tasters come up with ideas for smell, feel, consistency, ingredients, nutrients, etc. and deliver a product fit for a king. There’s one catch. No pet lover will trust their four-legged friend’s stomach to an amateur. Tasters must, well obviously, taste the food.

Job stats:

  • Income: $34,000 - $117,000

  • Education: Bachelor to Doctorate

  • Pet food tasters must be able to think outside the box, take pet’s taste into consideration.

Maggot Farmer

As disgusting as it may sound, maggot farming is a lucrative business and competition is fierce. Businesses catering to fly-fishermen and greenhouse workers pay big bucks for those little critters. Maggot farmers are all too happy to play nursemaid for a few hours each day. Farmers harvest the tiny larvae from fly eggs. It’s not as dirty as you would think. Those farms are really multimillion dollar laboratories with high-tech incubation rooms and special ventilation systems to keep workers from breathing dangerous chemicals and byproducts.

Job stats:

  • Income: $35,000+

  • Education: None

  • Maggot farmers work in high-tech laboratories, harvesting larvae from fly eggs.

Snake Milker

This career gives new meaning to “Got milk?” Snake milker is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and for good reason. Milkers don’t actually gather actual milk from snakes, they actually extract deadly venom from the mouths of some of the most poisonous snakes. No, they aren’t daredevils looking for adventure. Snake venom is a crucial ingredient for its counterpart – antivenom. Doctors use antivenom to rescue the lives of snakebite victims. Think of it as an antidote. Patients would die without the help of snake milkers. Using tools and techniques none too pleasant to the snake in question, they hold the snake’s mouth open, shock it with electrodes, retract the fangs and place vials to collect the venom.

Job stats:

  • Income: $40,000+

  • Education: None to Doctorate

  • Most snake milkers are zoologists who work for national zoos and animal conservation agencies.

Chicken Sexer

Some may wonder if this profession is fact or fiction. Surprise, surprise, chicken sexers do exist. However, It’s not as simple as lifting a chicken’s leg and declaring “It’s a boy!” Chickens’ sex are rather mysterious at first. There are no external glands or identifiers to mark, and, as chicks are too young to lay eggs. Farmers hire trained experts to determine whether chickens are female or male. Those experts have two simple methods to make their decision, but those techniques come with a price. One requires plucking feathers to determine gender, a not too pleasant ordeal for the chick. The other, less preferable, method requires checking the poop for identifiers. Makes pet food tasting sound glorious, right?

Job stats:

  • Income: $20,000+

  • Education: None to Certification Class

  • Chicken sexers look at feathers and poop to determine the chick’s gender.

Armpit Sniffer

Another “I can’t believe that’s a real job!” is the infamous armpit sniffer. Though, if you really think about it, the thought of someone sniffing armpits is logical. Deodorant companies must determine if their products really work. After all, if Degree claims its famous stick lasts all day, and in the worst conditions, they must be able to back it up. We declare this one of the strangest jobs because armpit sniffers are required to stick their noses in other people’s business. Those who abhor computers and think technology is taking away “real people” jobs will rest easier. No computer will ever outperform a human in this job.

Job stats:

  • Income: $35,000+

  • Education: Chemistry Degree

  • Armpit sniffers use science and a nosey sense of tools to determine if deodorant and other cosmetic products work.


The above are some of the strangest, most dangerous jobs in the world. If any of these professions piques your interest, it’s best to prepare for your career by researching the industry. Start by visiting the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics website. Information about stress level, dangers and other reasons to run are included with the benefits. Librarians and career centers also have specialized resources designed to help you train for your new career.

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