11 weird yet surprisingly well paid jobs

11. Professional queuer – £12,000

People hate to queue, whether it be for the latest video game or the premiere of a new movie.   But for £20 per hour, you can hire a ‘professional queuer’ to stand in line for you.

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10. Pet food taster – £20,000

Premium pet food brands now hire human tasters to make sure that it’s not just fit for your four-legged friend, but the owner too!  They’re required to rate the smell and make sure that there’s just the right balance of flavours.
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9. Water slide tester – £20,000

The only training needed for this job is to know how to swim and the slight concern that the water slide might be faulty.   Testers rate the ride according to ‘splash factor’ and adrenaline factor.

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8. Cool hunter – £25,000

This job is as cool as it sounds. All you have to do is keep up with the latest popular trends and report back to the big brands.  It involves a lot of shopping and understanding of what makes a product hot or not.

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7. Professional tea taster – £25,000

Exactly what it says on the tin.  After a whopping five years of training your palette, you’re expected to travel around the world tasting hundreds of varieties of tea.  A job for Granny?

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6. Golf ball diver – £25,000

If you lose your golf ball in a pond, you’d probably leave it there.  But what if you were offered £25,000 to get it back?  It’s estimated around 50 million golf balls are lost in water on UK golf courses every year.

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5. London dungeon actor – £30,000

The London Dungeon is one of the city’s prime tourist attractions. Actors dress up as Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, and other famous Victorian characters and scare the life out of the audience as they take them round on a tour of a lifetime.

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4. Sewer flusher – £45,000

Not the most appealing job in the world, and that’s probably why they get paid a not-too-shabby £45,000 a year. The job requires you to walk around in the sewers, making sure that they’re clean and unblocked.

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3. The Queen’s piper – £48,000

For £48,000 a year, all you have to do is play the bagpipes for 15 minutes at 9 a.m. every weekday outside the Queen’s window.

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2. Window cleaner for the Gherkin – £50,000

London’s iconic building, The Gherkin, stands at 180 metres tall with a total of 7,429 panes of glass and someone needs to clean them! It takes 10 days and nine cleaners to finish the job.

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1. Chief listening officer – £61,000

Are you on your phone 24 hours a day? This could be the perfect job for you. All that’s required is that you monitor what people are saying about the brand you work for on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms.

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Words by Ellise Leamy

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