The Strangest Job in Every State
When they asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, you probably didn’t say “beach gang boss” or “grain sampler.” But what if it turns out that was what you were meant to do? Here are the states where you can perform these truly “odd” jobs.
How we determined the list
Not long ago, the website 24/7 Wall St. reviewed job listing sites, online databases, and occupation data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify the weirdest job or job opening in every state. Curious, we checked it out, only to find ourselves wondering: Are these really the weirdest jobs out there? We did a bit of digging, and sure enough, we found all of these strange jobs, one for each state, many of which were hiring in the not-too-distant past.
Alabama: Singing fudge-maker
“Do you want to have fun AND get paid?” asks the Indeed job-posting for The Fudgery, an ice cream and frozen yogurt store in Foley. “The Fudgery is looking for FUN, LOUD, HIGH ENERGY, salespeople, candy makers, and shift leaders [who can sing].” If you fit that extremely specific job description, then head on over to The Fudgery and get ready to “throw your fudge in the air like you just don’t care.” Don’t miss the strangest roadside attraction in Alabama… and all 50 states.
Alaska: Beach gang boss
Ever dreamed of living on the remote Kodiak Island in Alaska and being the “Beach Gang Boss” for the local salmon cannery? Well, this was a real opportunity at Larsen Bay Salmon Cannery, where your responsibilities would include:
- operating fish pumps (whatever that means)
- building, managing, and creating and executing a training program for dock crew
- dealing with the Coast Guard vis a vis oil spills, etc.
According to the Indeed job listing, candidates had to be willing to work 16 hour days up to seven days a week and not mind working around loud machinery and moving mechanical parts.
Arizona: Scorpion sweeper
We ain’t afraid of no… scorpions? Arizona-centric pest-removal company, Scorpion Sweepers, is looking for the scorpion equivalent of a Ghost Buster to go out at night, hunt down (using Ultra Violet Light), and remove scorpions from people’s properties. “Depending on performance Sweepers can continue working for years,” the job listing boasts. Must know scorpions and the Sonoran Desert. See if you can guess which now famous actor held the position of “armadillo murderer” in his youth.
Arkansas: Blending manager
Martin Resource Management Corporation, an independent provider of marketing and distribution of fuel oil, asphalt, sulfuric acid, diesel fuel, and high-quality naphthenic lubricants, employs a “Blending Manager,” whose job it is to work with the on-site chemist to oversee all blending operations, including maintaining the integrity of all blended products, and overseeing all junior blenders.
“The High Note is a vertically integrated seed-to-sale cannabis enterprise which operates licensed dispensaries in the Los Angeles area,” and it’s looking for its next “budtender” (marijuana has been made legal in California). “The High Note’s budtender will be a friendly canna-whiz who will help our customers understand, select and purchase our full offering of cannabis products, including flower, concentrates, edibles and topicals.” Please be knowledgable about “bud,” as well as friendly and compassionate. Never knew you could get paid to be a budtender? Here are 12 other really cool jobs you probably didn’t know exist.
Colorado: Hot tub technician
Did you know your hot tub is harboring all kinds of dirty, germy stuff? That’s why states like Colorado, which have a lot of ski resorts, are always in need of hot tub technicians. In fact, Summit Hot Tubs in Breckenridge is looking for a full-time hot tub technician, and the benefits include ski passes.
Connecticut: Seasonal oystercatcher steward
The National Audobon Society looks for technicians who will be responsible for aiding the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in monitoring and stewarding oystercatchers, a waterbird that is indigenous to the Connecticut shoreline. This job is seasonal, from April 1 through November 15.
Delaware: Meat smoker
The meat smoker is the “unsung hero of this show we call BBQ,” writes Wilmington’s Limestone BBQ and Bourbon, a Delaware restaurant specializing in—you guessed it—barbecue and bourbon. “If we don’t have the smoked meat—we can’t sell the BBQ. The Smoker is responsible for the smoking of the meats as directed by the Pit Boss in the wee hours of the morning for the current day.” Well, someone’s gotta do it. If this sounds appealing to you, you’ll want to check out these 10 really strange food jobs you won’t believe exist.
Florida: Comic grader
If you’re super into comic books and looking to parlay that passion into a career, you’ll want to consider this unique job in Florida: comic grader with the Certified Guaranty Company, a service that assesses the value of comic books and comic-related collectibles.