Rise of the odd, odder, oddest jobs

In an age of ever-changing employment needs, professions in marketing or financial analysis seem well – a dime a dozen. But then there are those unique, specialty professions that only a few can do, but appear to be in great demand.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek runs a column about these “odd jobs.” Here are three of my current favorites.

Twisted Brother

Todd Neufeld traded in patent law for balloon-twisting and has never looked back. Founder of the Twisted Balloon Company, Neufeld has been the balloon artist-in-residence for the Obama administration, and the Bush administration before that, in addition to twisting-for-hire for hundreds of private parties and events.

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Space Case

Now this job title, I know. Craig Curran is an accredited travel agent – a space travel agent for Virgin Galactic, the world’s first space tourism business. Followers of the curious g have read my many posts on this subject. Curran’s creative challenge is selling a promise with no launch date in sight. With 500 confirmed adventurers and a long waiting list, I’d say this profession is ready for take-off.

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Horse of a Different Color

Need to turn a white pony into a zebra? Want a pink poodle for a cause? Animal colorist Rose Ordile, founder and owner of Animals of a Different Color, can make that happen. Her company dyes animals for movies and ad campaigns (it’s all done with nontoxic dyes, and is carefully monitored by the Humane Society). Ordile transformed her career as an animal groomer/trainer into a more colorful trade.

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Hooray for entrepreneurial spirit and determination!

What’s the oddest job you’ve ever heard about?

Photos: Balloon twister/Todd Neufeld; Space agent/Craig Curran; Animal colorist/Manuello Paganelli for Bloomberg BusinessWeek

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