These Weird and Wonderful Jobs Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Own

Ever thought of leaving the 9-5 grind to become a professional armpit sniffer? According to Birkenhead-based recruiter Scantec, that’s exactly what one client did, and that’s not the only weird and wonderful job out there.

These Weird and Wonderful Jobs Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Own

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Strange Times

According to data released yesterday by the multi-sector recruiter, they’ve had to deal with many strange job postings over the last year. The armpit sniffer was in fact a ‘sensory analyst’, hired by a deodorant manufacturer for their elite smelling skills to test the effect of different products on human skin.

Although it might sound like something reptilian, a hunt for a Frogger actually meant someone who would have to wear layers of protective clothing and breathing equipment in order to use dangerous equipment. You can only imagine what else the job required.

For a recruitment agent in Belfast, such as those at, finding the right person for an incredibly specialist position can be the toughest but most rewarding part of the job.

Scantec’s director of client relationships, Paul Gibbens, commented that strange jobs could also sometimes mean being sent to exotic locations. One company was looking for a roofing specialist. Not too uncommon in isolation – but this roofer was to be posted on the Siberian border, over 1200 miles from the nearest town!

The Roles of the Future?

More unusual jobs included a Super Computer Programmer, who was required to program the next generation of computers, operating at speeds beyond anything we’ve grown accustomed to. It’s a growing industry, according to the Guardian. As technology advances, governments, social services and weather analysts will no doubt make use of faster data speeds.

If that sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, there was also a Vibration Analyst, whose responsibilities included measuring vibrations from machinery and using computer programs to interpret the readings – all to detect the lifespan of machinery and potential costs.

Undoubtedly, the vast majority of these roles are rare and require skills that are just as unique. But recent reports from recruiter BrightHR suggest that demand for unusual roles is growing because of technology, increased connectivity, multiculturalism and flexi-work. Don’t be giving up your day job anytime soon, however, as traditional industries remain the stalwarts of British industry. Besides, would you really want to be an armpit sniffer?

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