Thinking Outside the Box: “You are a WHAT?”

There are hundreds and hundreds of different types of jobs. With some creative thinking and research, people can find interesting occupations that pay them for combining their interests and talents in unusual ways.

The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics publishes the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) to classify workers into occupational categories, reporting 840 detailed occupations, organized into 461 broad occupations, 97 minor groups, and 23 major groups. This resource is a valuable tool for students considering career training, job seekers, employers, and anyone interested in learning more about jobs and occupational data in the United States.

In addition to the more typical work that people do for pay or profit, it is fun to investigate uncommon jobs that some people do. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ You’re a what? explores over 60 unusual occupations through the work of someone in that occupation.

For example, did you know that there are some people who build their careers as a…

*Golf Ball Diver:
“Golf ball divers are professional recyclers: They retrieve golf balls, which are then cleaned, repackaged, and resold. Before beginning work at a golf course, they meet formally with its owner or manager to agree on the terms of the job…”

“Flavorists blend aroma chemicals, essential oils, botanical extracts, and essences to create natural and artificial flavorings for a variety of foods, beverages, and other products…”
*Foley Artist
“Foley artists are part of a small occupation of sound reproduction specialists who work behind the scenes
in making film and television, using props to recreate all the physical sounds that are integrated into a movie or TV show…”
“Limnologists are scientists who study the characteristics of freshwater systems such as lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and wetlands. They also study non-oceanic saltwater, such as the Great Salt Lake…The job title limnologist applies to workers in many occupations who are trained in different scientific fields. …For example, limnologists might study the plants or animals that live in a body of water, the chemical properties of the water, or the physics of water movement.”
*Mystery Shopper
Posing as customers, most mystery shoppers work as independent contractors for marketing research companies. They are “paid to scan the shelves as a cover for her real purpose: scoping out the business.
Lots of places bring in mystery shoppers to gain feedback on the customer experience. By keeping their identity secret, these workers can discreetly observe employees and business conditions…”
“Perfusionists use biomedically engineered devices that support the vital life functions normally performed by the heart and lungs. Most commonly, perfusionists operate a heart-lung machine to keep a patient alive during open heart surgery…”
*Font Designer
Font designers create fonts to meet client’s needs or their own, and can approach projects in different ways. “They work independently or for font design companies, working from existing fonts or developing one from scratch…”

If you are exploring options for your future, and would like to learn how to find interesting careers that match your personal profile, Fulfilling Futures programs can help you discover possibilities that are not yet on your radar.
*Source, and for more information visit: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ You’re a what?