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6 interesting jobs you’ve probably never heard of

Ever wondered why your favorite burger is so addictive? Or why your favorite amusement park looks so tempting? Behind so many things we take at face value are interesting, non-typical jobs.

In a Reddit thread, users share little-known jobs they have worked. Here are some odd professions that confirm that you can make a career out of almost anything, including burning money. With actual fire.

1. Corporate food taster

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There's a lot of hard work that goes into your favorite snack. Food tasters review the taste, color, aroma and texture of food products for companies.

"I worked for a multi brand, global company, and my job was to eat the [research and development] food," one user writes.

Job postings indicate that the job pays about $12 to $14 per hour.


2. Amusement park fabricator

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Behind every theme parks, zoo and aquarium is a team of professional designers, scenic painter and theme-park construction workers who customize the space.

"I am retired from a major theme park," one user writes. "I worked there as a scenic painter making everything look aged, wood-grained, things like that, plus murals. A lot of people don't look at those sort of things when they visit the parks and many presume the faux finishes are real."

An entry-level scenic artist or woodworker can make anywhere from $18-25 an hour, and $25-70 on the expert level, according to an industry professional.


3. Airport wildlife control expert

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Airplane collisions with birds and other mammals are a serious safety problem. Wildlife control experts work to prevent these types of collisions and disturbances, and protect the nearby environment and any endangered species, among other tasks. The salary for this job can range from $38,000 to more than $60,000 a year.

"If you're interested in doing this," one user writes, "I'd suggest getting hired with the USDA, as they work at many airports (mine included) doing the same thing as contractors."


4. Mosquito inspector

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With the spread of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, this profession is becoming more important than ever. Mosquito inspectors work on population control, looking for larvae and eliminating breeding grounds like large pools of still water. Pest control operators make anywhere from $16,000 to $40,000.

"I am a mosquito inspector," one Reddit user writes. "I travel to mosquito breeding habitats, look for larvae, then treat accordingly."


5. Currency maker

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The U.S. Mint and Treasury departments need people to power equipment that makes our country's legal tender. When certain currencies are no longer needed, other workers dispose of the bills or coins.

"I go into a big vault for the reserve bank of [New Zealand] and burn money," one user writes. "Every day, thousands of bank notes to phase out the old ones to make way for the new."

A machine operator for a coin-making factory makes about $19 to $22 per hour. Program managers who assist in currency redesign and overseeing currency production can earn more than $128,000 a year.


6. Medical illustrator

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Medical illustrators work with textbook publishers, scientists, physicians and other specialists to transform complex scientific information into images. The salary can range from $40,000 to $62,000 a year, job posts indicate.

"It's my job to create illustrations and animations for doctors, scientists, researchers, hospitals, medical device companies, museums, and textbook publishers that accurately represent and educate people about scientific and medical subjects," one user writes.

Video by Andrea Kramar.

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