Lighter side: World’s weirdest job titles

by Caitlin Nobes22 Aug 2014
Anyone can be a coordinator, manager or officer, but some job titles are true head scratchers. HRM tracked down the best job titles from around the world and some are truly impressive.
  • Full time wiener peeler – wanted by a hotdog plant, the advertisement for this job called for “talented people who are passionate about making a positive impact in their professional and personal lives every day”. And who presumably enjoy removing sausage casings for a living.
  • Erection superintendent – it’s not nearly as salacious as it sounds. This job involves supervising erections – of the construction variety.  
  • S&M coordinator – some jobs, such as the sales and marketing coordinator, should rethink the need for abbreviations.
  • Chick sexer – much like the erection superintendent role, this isn’t a teenager’s idea of a dream job. It actually involves distinguishing the gender of baby chickens to determine which feeding programmes they will receive.
  • Expert upsetter – chances are, you probably feel like you’ve met a few of these already. In reality, it involves setting up and operating a closed-die forging machine.
  • Ghost hunter – this one is actually exactly how it sounds, but is required for the purpose of reality television. 
  • Animal colourist – this role literally involves colouring animals – dyeing them for roles in movies and advertising campaigns. If you’ve ever wanted to turn a pony into a zebra, this is the role for you.
  • Travel space agent – it’s yet to really take off, but Virgin Galactic, the world’s first space tourism business, is up and running – complete with an accredited travel agent.
  • Hair boiler – another literal job title, hair boilers oversee vats that boil animal hair to curl it for hair-based products.
 
What’s the weirdest job title at your organisation? Workopolis has a manager of first impressions, who sits at the front desk to direct visitors and callers.

COMMENTS

  • by Chris 22/08/2014 12:38:24 PM

    Whilst not the weirdest, not so long ago, in a role not so far away I had a title that certainly made people go "Oh, really?". I looked after training and compliance in a payroll outsourcing space - I was the "Manager for Excellence."

  • by Michael Wishart 22/08/2014 1:09:21 PM

    I once wrote job descriptions for a 'Boring Officer' and a 'Senior Boring Officer'

  • by Ken 22/08/2014 2:06:16 PM

    Hmm, HCMag perhaps you should look closer to home, you employ people with the job title "Trafficker" :)

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