And you think your job is strange? Check these out!

MIx of 7 of females and males in different professions

Everyone likes a bit of variety in their work, but some people’s careers really do take them into some weird and wonderful roles. From playing video games for a living to tasting beer to make ends meet, here are a few of the more eye-catching appointments we uncovered in the world of recruitment during 2018.

Male hands on controller playing video gamesGame for it

Video-gaming has become a huge worldwide industry, so it should come as little surprise that people are now being paid to test video games, as well as to create them. These are mostly young people, as that’s the market game manufacturers are targeting. Nevertheless, these individuals can be paid large salaries for their skills – some are competitive gamers and among the best in the world when it comes to the video game elite.

Female sleeping comfortably in her bedSleeping on the job

Surprisingly, we found several organisations recruiting for professional sleepers. One Finnish hotel employed someone to test the mattresses in the establishment’s rooms so they could look at ways to improve the sleeping experience of guests. And NASA regularly posts ads for sleepers for bed rest studies. Easy work if you can get it.

Panda bear teddyPanda Fluffer

Being one of the most endangered species in the world and notoriously difficult to breed in captivity, Panda’s need a little help when it comes to mating season. Which is why the Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre is willing to pay a good wage for Panda Fluffers to encourage them in their amorous activities. If you can bear (sorry!) the work, you could earn up to 200,000 yuan (around £22,900 annually).

Golf balls on a courseHave you got the balls for it?

While diving might seem like a pretty normal job, you wouldn’t exactly expect to be hired by a golf club to do it. But some golf courses regularly advertise for divers to retrieve balls from water hazards. This mightn’t seem as dangerous as deep sea diving, but if you happen to be working in Florida where many of these pools are inhabited with alligators and venomous snakes that can get a little irritated when bombarded with golf balls in their favourite watering hole.

A group of mournersWorking the graveyard shift

Does your job make you feel like crying sometimes? Spare a thought for the professional mourner. A traditional job in China and the Middle East, some positions have now opened up in the UK. Mind you, we’re not sure where you can get the training required to weep on demand at funerals.

Cartoon portraying a group of burglarsThis job’s a steal

Most employers are looking for honest employees, but if you’re in the security business, then knowing what the enemy is up can be helpful when it comes to stopping them. Which is why many stores hire ex-thieves as store detectives. There’s also a lot of work around for safebreakers and cyberhackers.

5 scoops of 5 different types of ice creamFancy-free ice cream at work every day?

Finally, eating ice cream is a job few people would turn their nose up to and it can be very well paid. According to Forbes, food scientists and taster can earn up to $56,000 per year.

Of course, as one of the UK’s most successful online recruiters, you’ll find plenty of regular jobs at Zoek, but you’ll also find plenty of eclectic roles too. So whether you’re looking for store detective jobs in Greater London, white hat hackers jobs in Oxford, beer taster jobs in Essex or fruit picking jobs in Sussex, search Zoek for the best recruitment opportunities in the UK.

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