4 Unconventional Careers You Didn’t Know Existed

Whether you need a change from one career or you’re just starting out in the job market, you don’t have to stick to the run of the mill office hours with a 9-to-5 job or relegated to driving people around to pay your rent. There are some out of the ordinary jobs that might be just what you’re looking for.


Did you ever think that someone made the maps you use on your phone? A cartographer is a person who does that. Cartography is part science, part art. Training is necessary. Depending on where you live, though, a high school diploma and bachelor’s degree in a specialized geography program could lead you to a job as a cartographer. Your income could eventually be as high as $80K a year.


It sounds classy. You would be, too, if you decide to take the career path to be a sommelier. More than a waiter or waitress, you wouldn’t just pour the wine, you would know all things wine. There is training involved but worth it if you love the grape and want to share your knowledge with your customers in fine dining establishments. The beginning salary starts at about $30K a year. A master sommelier can make $100K or more a year.

Professional Organizer

If you like order and structure, you might love being a professional organizer. There is no formal training, and clients often pay anywhere from $50 to $200 or more per hour for someone to organize their stuff. Closets, kitchens, offices — you name it! If there is a mess somewhere, a potential customer in need is waiting to find out that you can help them.

Railroad Conductor

Railroad conductors are responsible for everything concerning his or her train. if you choose to become a railroad conductor, everything onboard including contents of the cargo area, communicating with your crew, tearing tickets, and the wishes of the passengers would all be your responsibility. You would not drive the train but would communicate with other trains and act in a supervisory position. Working as a railroad conductor is generally safe, however, anyone working on a railroad needs to be cautious about injuries common to the industry. On-the-job training is usually the way to become a railroad conductor. The average pay for a seasoned conductor is about $60K a year. If you love traveling by rail and meeting all kinds of people, being a railroad conductor might be the job for you. 

These are just a few of the career choices you have available to you whether you want to start your first career or are looking for a change with a new one. If you’re looking for a career change, make sure to take these versatile skills with you!