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Weirdest Apprenticeships

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Careers, Apprenticeships

Weirdest Apprenticeships

Not sure what you want to do for your career? Perhaps you think that Apprenticeships are only for technical careers or your opinion is governed by the popular BBC show, The Apprentice.

The reality is very different. There are plenty of careers out there which you might have not even heard of before, let alone considered. Here is our small selection.

Dog Food Tester

Forget animal testing, this job involves testing food for animals. Yes, it is an actual job. Got good taste buds and able to eat anything? This could be for you

Golf Ball Diver

This job involves diving into water to pick up stray golf balls and cleaning them so that they are fit for resale

Odour Tester

Got a good sense of smell? This job involves testing deodorants and anti-perspirants to ensure they are operating properly

Pet Detective

Not just made up for the film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, this is actually a real thing! Pet detectives track down missing pets and return them to their owners



Cheese Sprayer

This person is in charge of spraying cheese or butter on popcorn. This job requires a high level of attention to detail, hence why it is done by human and not a machine


Snake Milker

You have to be an animal lover and extremely brave to do this job. Snake milkers get the venom out of snakes to make the anti-venom used to cure snake bites.


Horse Whisperer

If you like horses, then being a horse whisperer could be for you. This job involves soothing horses and training them to relax so they can handle riders

Wig Maker

Wig making is not easy. They make a mould of the wearer’s head, cover it with wig lace, pull thousands of hairs through the mesh cap and them style the wig to the wearer’s preference


They stuff dead animals to make them look as life-like as possible. You could practice this professionally for a museum or stately homes; there are also businesses which cater for hunters and fishermen

Mystery Shopper

These people actually get paid to shop, testing shop employees for the quality of their customer service and feeding this back to store managers and market research organisations

Fantasy Broker

Sort of like a concierge with a difference, these people try to make dreams come true. If you want something, they get it for you

Cow Hoof Trimmer

Can you imagine giving a cow a pedicure? Cow Hoof trimmers trim the hooves of cows. This is a really important job as it improves the milk production, fitness and fertility of a cow


Citrus Dyer

Ever wondered why lemons in the supermarket are so yellow? This is because some farmers employ people to dye their fruit with a more vibrant colour in order to hide their ripeness



Mortuary Cosmetologist

Basically a make-up artist for the deceased. A mortuary cosmetologist is responsible for embalming and fixing  the features of a dead person’s body to make them look more presentable for their funeral.


If you need help choosing or applying for an apprenticeship, TCHC's youth team can help. Contact one of our team to find out more about our NEETs courses, GAPS programme or Youth Contract.

About the Author

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge is the marketing assistant at TCHC. She helps to manage the website and promote the Youth Contract. She enjoys writing for the blog and sharing advice and tips with young people on a range of topics, from finding a job to battling with depression.

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