24 Jobs You Wonder Why People Do


Have you ever thought to yourself, why in the world would someone do that job?

In a world full of different jobs, some just make us scratch our heads. 

From the most bizarre to the thrilling, certain jobs make you wonder, “Why would anyone do that?” 

Whether it’s the draw of adventure, the everyday need for the task, or the joy that someone might get from the unusual, these jobs are some of the most interesting and unique.

Some of these go beyond the likes of those found on Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, expanding our inner worlds to the intriguing daily lives of the people around us.

If you’ve ever wondered about the strange jobs people have, some you may have never heard of, you’ve come to the right place. 

We’ve scoured the internet for 24 messed-up careers people actually get paid to do with real-life stories to back them up. 

Ready to explore some of the most unusual jobs out there? Let’s get started!

#1. Last Responder

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This is one unique job where you are responsible for recovering the bodies of people who have died during natural disasters, accidents, and other tragic events. 

Some might find this job a bit grim or unsettling, but those who’ve chosen it their career view it as a vital service that helps bring closure to families and loved ones.

#2. Sewer Cleaner

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This job can make your stomach queasy, so those who choose this career would have to have a strong stomach. 

Sewer cleaners are responsible for maintaining and cleaning the sewers, which can involve dealing with all sorts of unpleasant waste.

#3. Industrial Laundry Sorter

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Industrial laundry sorters are responsible for sorting laundry from hospitals, hotels, and other large facilities.

Before washing the laundry, the sorters watch for and remove any contaminated items, such as needles or bodily fluids.

#4. Snake Milker

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Snake milkers have one of the most unique, dangerous jobs, and it is not for those who fear snakes.

They are responsible for extracting venom from snakes, which is used to create antivenom for snake bites.

#5. Pest Control 

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You probably don’t think much about what a pest control technician does until you have to call them to get rid of bugs or other pests in your home.

But this job involves much more than just spraying chemicals; pest control technicians often have to deal with difficult or uncomfortable situations, such as removing pests from a tough-to-reach space, such as a crawl space, or dealing with aggressive animals. 

#6. Special Agent Footage Reviewer

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Being a special agent footage reviewer might sound exciting, but it’s also one of the most difficult jobs.

These professionals are responsible for analyzing surveillance footage of child abuse cases and such, which is horrific to watch, to say the least.

#7. Pet Cremation

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Pet cremation technicians specialize in the cremation of pets who have passed away, and it takes both physical and emotional strength with the ability to have compassion for grieving pet owners.

They may also have to deal with heartbreaking cases where pets have been abused or neglected, adding another layer of difficulty to an already challenging task.

#8. Flavorist

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Making flavors for candy and other products might not sound like a tough job, but being a Flavorist requires tastebuds with receptors that allow them to detect the most subtle flavors. 

They also need to have a deep understanding of the chemistry behind flavor combinations and how they interact with different foods.

#9. Correction Officer

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Another tough job is that of a Correction Officer, who is responsible for maintaining order and security in prisons.

Just imagine how you would feel having to lock someone in a cell and do a head count, knowing that your life could be in danger or that they might be innocent.

#10. Turbine Repair Technician

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The person who does this job must not fear heights or confined spaces, as they have to climb up tall wind turbines and work inside the turbine’s tight space.

This is one job that you would need to have specialized knowledge and skills, as well as physical strength and endurance.

#11. AI Breeder

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Artificial insemination is a common practice in the livestock industry, and AI Breeders are responsible for collecting and storing semen from male animals and using it to impregnate female animals. 

They must be able to handle large animals, be willing to get very dirty, and, of course, wear rubber gloves that go up to their armpits.

#12. Slaughterhouse Worker

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Another job that deals with animals is a slaughterhouse worker, which involves slaughtering, butchering, and processing animals for food consumption.

It can be physically demanding and emotionally taxing. Workers must handle large animals and must have a strong stomach, as they are constantly exposed to intense smells and sights.

#13. Crime Scene Cleanup

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This job seems like it would be one of the hardest jobs to do, and it makes you wonder why anyone would want to pursue it as a career. 

However, crime scene cleanup is an important job that helps to restore a safe and clean environment after a traumatic event.

#14. Mortuary Transporter

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Like a crime scene cleanup worker, a mortuary transporter deals with difficult and often emotionally difficult situations.

They are responsible for transporting human remains from the place of death to funeral homes or morgues. 

This requires careful handling of the deceased and providing support for the grieving family during a difficult time. 

#15. Olfactory Scientist

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Being an olfactory scientist may seem glamorous at first glance, but imagine having a nose so sensitive to smells that you can design scents for cleaners and fragrances.

To do this job, you have to have a highly sensitive nose, which means you could also smell even the faintest foul smell, which could be very challenging.

#16. Content Reviewer

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Facebook content reviewers are responsible for ensuring that all posts and advertisements comply with the platform’s community standards.

This can involve reviewing disturbing or graphic material, making this job emotionally demanding. 

#17. Kennel Tech

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Just loving dogs might not make this job worth it, considering the responsibilities of a kennel technician, such as the daily care and well-being of animals in a boarding or animal shelter setting.

However, this job also requires workers to deal with sick, neglected, or abandoned animals and with animals being euthanized if they are not adopted.

#18. Fish Baiter

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Many people enjoy fishing, but why would anyone want to take on a fish baiter’s smelly and unpleasant job?

Fish baiters handle and prepare live bait, such as worms, maggots, or crickets used as bait, and they have to work in extreme weather conditions, too.

#19. Bird Chaser

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Bird chasers are important for the safety of planes and other vehicles because they are responsible for keeping birds off the runway and away from aircraft. 

But why would someone choose this job, which requires strong nerves, great reflexes, and long hours of chasing birds away?

#20. Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

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This job can be nasty and requires a lot of physical labor, technical knowledge, and attention to detail. 

Why would someone choose this career path? One reason could be the satisfaction of knowing that they are playing a vital role in maintaining clean water for drinking, recreation, and wildlife. 

#21. Portable Outhouse Cleaner

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Here’s another job that leaves one thinking: why in the world would someone choose to clean, repair, and maintain portable outhouses for events and construction sites?

Despite the unpleasant tasks and odors that come with this job, maybe they enjoy a flexible schedule or the opportunity to work outdoors.

#22. Pet Food Tester

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Believe it or not, pet food testers try pet food samples and judge them for taste and quality. 

This job requires a strong stomach and an open mind, as some food may not appeal to human taste buds.

#23. Asbestos Remover

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The job of an asbestos remover is crucial for the safety and well-being of others, but it certainly can be dangerous for the person doing the removal.

Asbestos is a hazardous material that has been used in building construction in the past, and removing it requires specialized training and equipment.

#24. Dairy Farmer

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If you’ve never been to a dairy farm, you may think it’s all cows grazing in grassy fields and milking in a sparkling clean barn.

But the reality is that working on a dairy farm is a very dirty job, from scraping the cow manure in the lot and washing the cows before milking them to cleaning the barn after milking and hiking through the mud to feed the cows, even if it’s raining.

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