7 offbeat career choices that can make for lucrative professions in the future

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Thought you could make a steady income only with your 9 to 5? Think again. With the growing demands of goods and services and the rising standard of living, there are remarkably luxurious or amusing careers that are making its way into the job industry.

Let's take a look at 7 offbeat career options that can make for profitable professions in the near future:

1. Food Scientist

In other words, a food tester (taster). Various companies in the food industry that manufacture and distribute packaged or processed foods hire food scientists for quality checks and critique of new or existing products. With the advancing competition and consumer awareness, companies need to perfect every aspect of their product- taste, texture, appearance, and ingredients used. Now, you can't just waltz in and start eating. A degree in chemistry, culinary or F&B studies is usually required. You also need an excellent vocabulary to be able to convey your opinions of the product, down to the smallest of details and specifics.

2. Tattoo artist

Did you know the demand for tattoos- permanent and temporary- have skyrocketed in the last 10 years? With the era of millennials and growing acceptance of tattoos in society, there's no doubt that tattoo studios are thriving. And what do tattoo studios need to thrive? Tattoo artists. There are thousands of styles and designs offered by talented and skillful tattoo artists, and the tattoos are getting more and more complex, creative and unique.

3. Pet sitters and groomers

Pets are becoming a necessity for completing the standard modern family. With the boom in pet owners, there is obviously an increase in demand for pet services, especially pet sitting and pet grooming. Have a love for furry or feathery creatures? Get paid to take care of them while their owners are gone or to simply groom them. Grooming services include bathing, nail clipping, trimming, and styling. It is usually a fun and enjoyable experience.

4. Voice-over artist

Thanks to globalization, plenty of TV shows, web series and movies have to be translated into local languages. Advertisements on the internet, radio, and television need voice-over artists, for obvious reasons. So do animated series and movies! The potential for VO artists is at an all-time high.

5. Product tester

The list of possibilities for this one is endless. From testing furniture to water slides to video games- providers of all kinds of products and services are hiring testers to evaluate and approve of their product. There are two kinds of testers. Luxury testers evaluate the pleasurability of the product/service. Functional testers test the functionality of the product/service. The qualifications and requirements differ from one industry to another, but many testing jobs only need the ability to give an honest and detailed opinion of the product/service.

6. Ethical hacker

You probably knew this one was going to be on the list. With everything going online, from basic knowledge to personal information to super confidential governmental or organizational data, the need for cybersecurity has never been greater. With various threats from hackers, phishers, and viruses- ethical hackers are an absolute essential. These hackers look for gaps and weaknesses in software, portals, applications, and websites. Subsequently, they tell organizations how to fix these gaps and breaches to increase their security and prevent compromising classified data.

7. Food stylists and food photographers

A picture is worth a thousand words. And it is extremely important for that picture to be a good one! You can't convince people to go to a restaurant or cafe based on words, so what can convince them? Appetizing pictures of food! Hence, food stylists and photographers are in demand these days. Their job is to make the food look good with creative plating and garnishes, and then to capture it in the perfect angle and lighting. Hey, it isn't as easy as it sounds. But if you have a love for food and a talent for photography, it is definitely worth a shot. You might end up with a fruitful career in food photography. You could work as a freelancer or you could join/create an agency. You could also work for bloggers and influencers. There is tremendous potential here.

And there you have it! Did you ever think of or come across these unusual professions before? Nonetheless, they make for an interesting career that not only helps you support yourself but also bring great satisfaction to those who pursue it with passion.

- Thavi Achharya

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