Awesome Jobs You've Never Heard Of
Teacher, Lawyer, Doctor--when someone says “career,” these classic jobs are the first ones you think about, right?
Yet thousands of career choices exist beyond these basics. From jobs at the bleeding edge of change to jobs so ancient you’ve probably forgotten what they do, the careers you don’t know about probably outweigh the ones you do. And in this age of competition, getting further off the beaten trail can be a good way to differentiate yourself from the pack.
We’ve found seven uncommon careers--you know, the ones where you’ve seen the title, but always scratch your head wondering “what do they do?”--with awesome and unusual perks.
1.Chief Listening Officer
You may not have heard of a Chief Listening Officer, but they've probably heard from you. One rung higher than a social media manager, CLOs closely monitor social platforms and conversations to keep an eye (and ear!) on what's being said about their company or brand. Your work enables a fast response to any and all complaints, issues, or misinformation.
2. Food Stylist
Drool-inducing restaurant commercials and sumptuous magazine shots of delectable food don't come easy: it takes the work of a food stylist to make it all happen. Armed with cooking skills, creative style, and tools ranging from lipstick to lard, you get food ready for its close-up.
3. Global Mobility Consultant
In the globalizing business world, a whole industry has sprung up around relocating workers from one place to another. As a global mobility consultant, you help employees make smooth transitions into their new homes--whether it's in Bangkok, Berlin, or the next state over.
4. Computational Linguist
Computational Linguists help computers and humans communicate with other. More specifically, you create computer programs that can translate, transcribe, and comprehend regular, human language.
Have you ever noticed Greensman on the film credits role? It's just one of the many movie jobs with baffling titles (see: Best Boy, Dolly Grip, Libra Technician).
Yet the role is fairly straightforward: You're in charge of designing and arranging of all plant.
6. Parabolic Expert
If you dream of a high-flying career, look no further. Parabolic experts train people how to function in zero-g. According to Wired magazine's profile of parabolic specialist Tim Bailey: "Tim's job is the closest thing there is to being an astronaut without actually going into space. He spends his days assisting and training people in aircraft flights that simulate a microgravity environment--effectively he's a flight attendant teaching people how to fly."
Why it's awesome: Your office space has no gravity.
Average salary: Unknown
Futurists are half market researcher and half visionary. In this inter-disciplinary career, you examine the present to detect clues to the future. Your predictions about shifting trends help to guide future business decisions.