Not all of us are cut out for the mainstream in terms of jobs, many of us like to do something, well a little different. But you don’t have to be natural born maverick to be interested in a slightly unusual career, you may have spent years in a mainstream career and become extremely bored as a result – which has led to a desire to do something different. The good news is that there are plenty of unusual careers and jobs out there which are crying out for people to do them. The question is which one should you choose? Of course, you should pick an unusual career which you have some interest in, but you should also pick a career that pays well and which is expecting massive growth over the next 10 years, so you can still afford to pay the bills. And below we have set out 5 odd careers that are expecting massive growth over the next decade.
1.Genetic Counselor. The completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 opened the door to a new branch of medicine, relating to genetic risk management and ultimately gene therapy. This has created a new and unusual type of role called a Genetic Counselor which you might have expected to see in a futuristic science fiction film. But, Genetic Counselors are real and exist today. They assess individual or family risk for a range of inherited conditions such as genetic disorders and birth defects. Genetic Counselors earn around $56,800 a year and the number of jobs in this sector is expected to grow by a massive 41% over the next 10 years, according to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics.
2.Orthotists and Prosthetists. Would you like to be creating the next bionic man or the next Robocop? Then you might consider this very unusual job. Thanks to the massive technological advances in biomechanical engineering combined with an aging population, limb replacement is to set to be a major industry. Orthotists and Prosthetists design medical devices such as artificial limbs, arms, hands, legs and feet – and they measure and fit patients for them. Average pay is good at $62,670 a year and the industry is set to grown at an explosive rate of 36% over the next 10 years, according to the US Bureau of Labour.
3.Morticians. Is your favourite show Cold Case or perhaps your favourite WWF wrester is the Undetaker? If so, you might be interested in this slightly more unusual career of mortician. Its a very unusual job, but somebody has to do it and many of you might like doing it. And it is unusual. In this interview on Business Insider, a mortician describes how one funeral had the deceased, friends, family and even funeral directors dressed as clowns. According to morticianschool.net, demand for morticians and funeral directors are expected to grow by nearly 20% by 2018. You will need an associates degree in mortuary science to do this job, according to US Bureau of Labour.
4.Anti-Aging Skincare Specialist. As a result of the aging population phenomenon, with people living longer, there is going to be a increased demand for anti-aging services and therapies particularly in the area of skin care. Employment of anti-aging skin care specialists is expected to grow by 40% from 2012 to 2022, according t the US Bureau of Labour statistics
5.Organizational/Industrial Psychologists. Now, you’ve all heard of psychologists but most people will be more familiar with medical and child psychologists who work in a clinical capacity. But, there is a more unusual and emerging branch of psychology known as industrial or organizational psychology. Industrial Psychologists apply psychological theories to organizations in order to increase work-place productivity and the mental well-being of employees. You can read more about what this job entails on about.com. According to the BLS the average wage for a psychologist is $69,280 and the profession is expected to grow by a massive 53% over the next 10 years.