The five oddest jobs in Britain
When we heard the news that Britain is suffering a shortage of chicken sexers – someone who is expertly trained in distinguishing the sex of chicks – despite the job offering a £40k salary, it got us wondering – what other weird, wonderful, and well-paid jobs are out there that we never knew existed?
Ice Cream Taster
Average salary: £38k
Role: To evaluate ice cream in terms of taste, texture, smell and other elements.
Requirements: You need a degree in food science to land this job – not just a love of ice cream!
Chief Listening Officer
Average salary: £61k
Role: To monitor social media platforms to review conversations and mentions of their company or brand (or ‘be on Facebook all day’, as it’s otherwise known).
Requirements: A degree in a marketing related field with a social media presence.
Average salary: £90k
Role: To interpret between the race car and the driver to achieve maximum performance on the race track.
Requirements: A-levels in maths and physics with a university degree and proven experience.
Video Game Player
Average salary: £32k
Role: To test out new game releases and assist other players in helping them achieve higher levels in games (or ‘play games all day’).
Requirements: A passion for gaming.
Golf ball diver
Average salary: £25k+
Role: To retrieve golf balls from ‘water traps’ on golf courses. (Golf ball divers dive about four days a week and on an average day collect approximately 4,000 golf balls).
Requirements: Open water certification, active divers insurance and own diving gear / equipment.
Average salary: £16k
Role: Employed by some hotels – including a recent trial at the Holiday Inn, featuring bed-warmers in special, hygienic sleep suits – to warm the bed ‘like a giant human hot water bottle’ before the guests get in…
Requirements: A warm body.
Possible salary: £90k
Role: Hired by governments and security firms to help design ways to keep hackers out their systems.
Requirements: Hold a relevant qualification and meet the additional requirements on the Government Communication Headquarters check scheme.
Possible salary: £45k
Role: To fly around in a blimp all day (making advertisements visible).
Requirements: A commercial certificate and significant flying experience.