People Are Sharing The Jobs They've Had That Nobody Knows Exists, And It's Pretty Eye-Opening

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When we think of potential career paths, the popular ones that come to mind are doctor, teacher, lawyer, etc., but there are so many jobs that never even cross our minds. Things are the way they are, the world functions the way it functions, and we don't even consider how certain things exist or are maintained. Well, some folks shared the jobs they've done that people don't even know exist, and it's all super enlightening. Scroll down and see for yourself!

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The following is a compilation of submissions from threads that can be found here, here, and here.

1."I used to put timestamps on Netflix videos for the 'Skip Intro' button. I would wake up, log on to a special page, and have a list of videos/shows to timestamp. I was paid for eight hours of work a day, and most days I could breeze through my daily workload in two to three hours."

A button that reads, "Skip Intro"
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2."Have you ever sung karaoke? Well, not many people realize that somebody has to match those lyrics to the song and properly time their appearance. That was my job senior year of high school. There's an art to it. I took it very seriously. 'Pop Hits Monthly 2000-2001.' That's me, baby!"

A pair of smiling people sing karaoke
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3."I once worked for a newborn photography agency as a 'Bereavement Coordinator.' The rest of the company centered around photos of newborns taken in the hospital after their birth, but I dealt with the non-profit side of the business. Essentially, my job was to sort through hospital photos of babies that were either miscarried or stillbirths, who died in the hospital. I'd choose the best photos and do some light corrections, get them printed, and create a memorial packet for the parents that was then sent to the hospital's bereavement program for any parent who wanted the photos."

A woman examines photos with a laptop next to her
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4."I compose music and design sound effects for slot machines. I live in Vegas, but still, few people outside of the slot industry know my job exists. Makes for a bit of interesting conversation."

A hand presses a button on a slot machine
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5."I'm a prop shopper for a popular TV show. Basically, I show up, the designer tells me what specific prop the show needs for the taping, and it's my job to go buy or rent it. It's fun because they ask you to get ridiculous stuff sometimes and it's a challenge to find it."

A camera's bright light and a crew gathered on a film set
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6."A horse braider. Not a breeder, but a braider. My mom braids horses' manes and tails for horse shows. It’s quite lucrative, as everything to do with horses is expensive."

A pair of hands braid a horses hair
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7."Wide format printing. Ever see a really big, vinyl banner hanging up at an event? Trade show flags and retractable graphics? Plastic or foamcore signage? I get to play with a flatbed printer that is 10 feet wide and eight feet deep. Organizations contact me, I get them a quote based on material costs, how fast my printer can print, and production time (trimming, hemming, grommets, etc.)."

A person stands over a large, blue banner sign
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8."The department of Weight and Measures. They check to make sure gas stations are accurate, e.g. they actually pump one gallon of gas when the pump displays that a gallon has been pumped."

A gas pump
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9."I graphic design coupons onto the back of receipts."

A drawing of a smiling woman with a cart full of groceries and a long receipt with coupons on the back of it
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10."Getting rid of commercials in sports bars, and replacing them with endless amounts of media customizable by the consumer. My job as quality control is to push a button on an iPad when, ESPN for example, switches from a program to a commercial. It triggers the change in all restaurants/bars using the service (like Dave & Buster's)."

A group of friends smile and laugh in a bar with football on the TVs in the background
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11."Instructing at a mermaid school. I teach classes where people learn how to swim and do tricks with a mermaid tail on. We also host birthday parties and bachelorette parties. The real fun part is modeling as a mermaid for promotional photos/videos."

A group of people swim underwater with mermaid tails on
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12."Making clothes for Barbies. My mom did this as a textile engineer for Mattel. When she retired from the job, they gave her a miniature Barbie that was made to look like exactly like her. The doll has clothes my mom would wear and a whole office cubicle with miniature pictures of my family on her desk. It's pretty cool."

A bunch of Barbie dolls standing together
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13."Underwater construction/salvage/inspection. I’m a commercial diver and I get called for pretty much any job that requires something be done underwater gets. It’s loads of fun and the pay is great!"

A diver swims toward a hunk of metal on the sea floor
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14."I attempt to read addresses on mail that machines can't."

An envelope sits on a table
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15."Building hiking trails. A lot of people assume they're just naturally formed or something, but that's the goal of a good trail builder."

A woman walks down a hiking trail surrounded by a lush green forest
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16."You know those fire evacuation maps that are entirely useless because nobody's gonna stop and look at a map on their way out of a burning building? Yeah, I design those."

A map displaying a building's layout says, "You are at red dot"
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17."You know those big companies with millions of fans on Facebook, Twitter, and such? You know when they make a new post and it gets like a bunch of comments, which have tons of spam and swear words and inappropriate content in them? I had a job where I would read over ALL of the comments and clear them according to guidelines set by the client."

A woman holds a mug and appears focused on her laptop
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18."I get paid to be a live mannequin. No, not a model that poses in pictures, gets her makeup done, and gets put in magazines — I work behind the scenes, in the warehouse. Designers for huge chain stores will use my frame to show outfits to the CEO of a company who approves or rejects the looks. Clothing on a mannequin looks totally different on a real person."

A woman stands face to face with a mannequin
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19."I seriously have the job of trying to contact people who place orders on a very, VERY popular website, and then try to cancel their card before it actually gets charged. See, we don't charge until right before the item ships, which is sometimes a day or two. Some people have figured that out, and OCCASIONALLY one will ship out before we've actually charged the card. There are literally thousands of people out there who go on our site, make a purchase, and try to cancel or somehow block the charge going through in the hopes that the product will ship out. I call 25-40 people per day trying to get them to update their payment method. Sometimes you can tell that it's honestly innocent, like their card expired or got lost. But most of them play stupid and hang up on you."

Someone in a dark room shops on a laptop

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20."Once got paid for a month of 40-hour work weeks to sit at a gate and make sure no cows got out. I was a 'Bovine Identification and Exit Prevention Specialist.' Never saw a fucking cow. Read some good books, though."

A wide, green gate with a dirt road behind it
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21."Trucking companies employ people who recover abandoned trucks and cargo. Apparently truckers will just be like, 'Fuck it' and leave their trucks and trailers on the side of a road. These companies pay pretty well and you are on call 24/7, but they fly you all over the country to retrieve their stuff."

An abandoned truck sits in unkempt greenery
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22."I had a brief stint as a 'Junior Cheese Evaluator.' What is less known than the cheese tasting part is the business analytics side of things. We have to know what good cheese is and what consumer tastes are like and how to influence those tastes to make room for company products that maximize profits for the cheesemaker and retailer. There’s a whole national certification exam I was studying for before I decided to take a drastic career shift."

A wooden plate of various cheeses
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23."I used to be an E-911 call tester for a large service provider in the US. I'd literally drive cell tower to cell tower calling 911 to make sure it routed to the correct emergency services. You'd be surprised by how many times it failed."

A cell tower with blue skies behind it
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24.And finally, "I was a enucleator. When people passed and wanted to donate their corneas, I would retrieve their eyes from their body and take them to the lab to process for transplant."

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Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.