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12 Bizarre Jobs That Don’t Exist in America

Looking for a new career? Like to travel? Open your mind to some of the world's most bizarre employment opportunities.

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Ostriches (Struthio camelus) on a commercial ostrich farm, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South AfricaimageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

Ostrich babysitter

Many teens make some extra cash by babysitting their neighbors’ kids, but what if you could make a living babysitting ostriches instead? In South Africa, ostrich farms hire people to watch over their birds. Ostriches can be very aggressive and territorial, so ostrich babysitters must be vigilant and protect the babies that can’t defend themselves.

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AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - NOV 6: Mourners pay their respects at the funeral of Dutch author Harry Mulisch, November 6, 2010, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGertan/Shutterstock


Mourning a loved one is a delicate and emotional process, but that hasn’t stopped people from turning it into a commodity. From Asia to the U.K., people are actually hired to attend funerals. The idea is to create a greater sense of grief, importance, and to increase turnout. Read up on these 22 things a funeral director won’t tell you.

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Bikes by a canal in Amsterdam, The NetherlandsJacob Carter/REX/Shutterstock

Bike fisherman

Instead of fishing for, well, fish, people in Amsterdam can get paid to fish for bicycles. The city is one of the most bike-friendly in the world, with people relying more on the two-wheeler than cars. For one reason or another, many bicycles find themselves at the bottom of Amsterdam’s waterways and canals throughout the year, creating quite the odd job opportunity. Here are more jobs that are definitely not for everyone.

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Machine for electroshockMimmo Frassineti/AGF/REX/Shutterstock


No, this isn’t a position at a sanitarium, but a way some people make extra cash in Mexico. Toques, meaning “touches,” is a game that is popular—yet somewhat dangerous—in Mexican bars. With a very basic electroshock machine (it runs on eight AA batteries), the electrocutioner will hit you with a certain amount of volts (which you pay for) to see how high you can go before tapping out.

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Derrick Coyle 'Raven Master'REX/Shutterstock


It sounds like something out of Game of Thrones, but this job sounds a lot cooler than it actually is. The groundskeepers at the Tower of London are charged with taking care of the ravens that hang out there, as it is traditionally believed that ravens offer protection for The Crown.

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Crowds of commuters on subway tube trains in TokyoAflo/REX/Shutterstock

People pushers

Oshiya is Japanese for “people-pushers” or “train-pushers.” They earn their keep by packing as many commuters into train cars as they can. Densely populated Japanese cities, like Tokyo, have trains that are even more crowded than a New York City subway. To ensure the highest level of efficiency during rush hour, Oshiya play a human version of Tetris to get as many people on board as possible.

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Dabbawallas Prepair the Delivery of Lunch Boxes in Bombay On Friday 01 December 2006 the Lunch Boxes Delivered by the Dabbawalas On the World Aids Day Today Will Have an Additional Element - a Pouch Containing the Red Ribbon a Booklet and Stickers to Raise Aids Awareness a Dabbawala is a Person in the Indian City of Bombay Whose Job is to Carry and Deliver Freshly Made Food From Home in Lunch Boxes to Office Workers More Than 175 000 Or 200 000 Lunches Get Moved Every Day by an Estimated 4 500 to 5 000 DabbawalasStr/EPA/REX/Shutterstock


India has a unique take on food delivery. The Dabbawalla are paid to bring a lunch that was freshly prepared by your mother or spouse from your house to your place of work. So much for slapping together a PB&J as you dash out the door!

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Two women dressed with zebra costumes, talk while crossing an avenue in La Paz, Bolivia, . Bolivia will hold general elections on Sunday 12Martin Mejia/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Traffic zebra

People don’t always take kindly to cops telling them what to do, but it’s hard to say ‘no’ to a zebra. That, at least, is the thought process behind Bolivia’s traffic zebra operation. People dress up in zebra costumes as they help guide traffic and enforce traffic laws. Basically, it’s like being a mascot for road signs. For more bizarre gigs, check out the weirdest jobs you didn’t know you could apply for.

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Refuse collection, rubbish bins from private households being emptied, Gelsendienste, Gelsenkirchens public utility company, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, EuropeimageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

Garbage detective

It is said that you can learn a lot about a person by going through their garbage. Well, that’s exactly what some people in Germany are paid to do. German garbage detectives are essentially recycling police. If someone places the wrong item in the trash, they must be prepared to face the consequences.

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Vehicles are caught in a congestion as the flow of traffic of the capital significantly increases ahead of Eid al-Fitr holiday in Jakarta, Indonesia, . The mass exodus out of Jakarta and other major cities in the world's most populous Muslim country is underway as millions are heading home to their villages to celebrate Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on June 25AP/REX/Shutterstock

Professional passenger

In Indonesia, there is a strict law about carpooling. During rush hour, every car must have at least three people inside to reduce congestion. People soon invented a way of circumventing that law: Hire people to be your passengers. This way, drivers can avoid getting a ticket and people manage to make a few extra bucks while taking a ride.

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Traditional female pearl diver swimming in the water with wooden barrel for collecting oysters at the Mikimoto Pearl Farm in Mie Prefecture in Kansai Region. JAPANEye Ubiquitous/REX/Shutterstock

Pearl diver

Part of the reason pearls are a precious commodity is that they are difficult to obtain. People have to dive into the ocean to fetch the prized jewels, and it’s not always the easiest work. Places such as Japan and the Caribbean are prime locations for pearl divers.

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Cafe, shopping center, Santiago de Chile, Chile, South AmericaHeiner Heine/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

Café con Piernas

Literally translating to “coffee with legs,” cafes in Chile take serving coffee to a new level. The baristas are more like bartenders at popular nightclubs, as they are paid to wear sexy outfits while bringing coffee to their customers. That certainly is one way to start a Monday morning…

Next, find out the 12 cool jobs that don’t require a college degree.

Taylor Markarian
Taylor is a regular contributor to covering culture, advice, travel, pets, and all things weird and haunted. She is the author of From the Basement: A History of Emo Music and How It Changed Society, which analyzes the evolution of punk and mental health. She holds a B.A. in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College.