The Strangest Jobs In America?

weird jobs: Oompah Loompas
weird jobs: Oompah Loompas

If you're thinking of a career change, you've probably considered the standards: teacher, nurse or maybe a new, digital-era profession, like social media director. But with just a wee bit of imagination, or a lot of time on the Internet, one can discover a whole array of jobs that your teachers likely never mentioned in middle school.

Inspired from a thread on the question-and-answer website Quora, AOL Jobs has compiled a list of obscure but very real professions. Rest assured: We did fact-check the Quora list and eliminated those that weren't actual, existing positions. At least in New York City, for example, scraping gum off the sidewalk is not actually a position, according to a kindly city operator (who kept telling this reporter that she could file a complaint for a "dirty sidewalk" if she wished). And when AOL Jobs asked Dannon's PR person whether "putting the fruit in the yogurt" was a job, he dashed dreams: "There are no Oompa Loompas that do that job. ... The fruit is added in an automated process."