Jobs You Wouldn’t See on Career Day 06 Jun 12

When your parents and teachers said, “you can be anything you want to be when you grow up,” you should have thought a little more creatively. There are people, albeit a small minority, doing jobs you probably never knew existed. Here are five of the most unusual:

Bed Tester

While most workers complain about having to stand on their feet all day or the pains caused from a non-ergonomically correct desk chair, bed testers get the enviable task of laying down on the job.

To their credit, they also have to sit and bounce on the mattresses, so it isn’t all lounging about, and since they work primarily for hotels and luxury bed suppliers, there is a fair amount of pressure to provide worthwhile feedback.

Waterslide Tester

Yes, this is an actual job, and apparently there’s one guy, Tommy Lynch, who is so good at it a British Travel company, First Choice, sends him all over the world to try out various resort waterslides. His task is to test a ride’s safety and aerodynamics while gauging the height, speed, water quantity, and landing.

Lynch has described his job as the “best in the world,” and why wouldn’t it be? What could a ‘bad day at work’ involve for him — a little chilly water?

Gold Stacker

Working as a gold stacker is a great way to make a living while simultaneously getting a workout. The dense gold bars in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York weigh 27 lbs a piece and, occasionally, they need moving around. Despite all our modern technology, the gold bars are still moved manually, and since the job is so labor intensive, the chore is broken down among different teams who work in shifts.

If you’ve ever wanted a career where you perform mindless labor and look at shiny stuff, this is the job for you.

Stanley Cup Keeper

Whether they know him or not, Mike Bolt is undoubtedly the envy of many sports fans as he’s been awarded the lucky position of Stanly Cup-keeper. Surprisingly, he is just a hockey enthusiast from Toronto (not a coach, player, owner, etc.), yet he’s been in charge of the mega-cup’s safekeeping since 2000.

How much the job pays, if anything, has never been revealed, but it’s probably a fair assumption most fans and anyone involved in hockey would love to do it for free.

Recreational Equipment Tester

Riding bikes, kayaking, sleeping in tents — it’s all in a day’s work for Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) field testers. While many people are simply “working for the weekend,” so they can engage in their favorite outdoor hobbies, REI testers get to play every day.

Although it seems like fun, their “research” helps employees get first-hand knowledge of the equipment they sell. And whatever they’re doing seems to be working as the company has over 100 US retail locations and had $1.6 billion in sales last year.