Offbeat Careers

Offbeat Careers coverOffbeat Careers: The Directory of Unusual Work

Submitter: Well, Al and I have very different opinions about what constitutes “offbeat.” Mainly things that aren’t actually careers, maybe not even jobs. Miss America? Game Show Contestant? Dated and just… odd. Mary may be interested in at least one of the careers listed! LOL!

All career books need careful curation, but this one was an easy weed!

Holly: Awww, man! I tried to sign Mary up for clown college – or at least their newsletter – but the college has been defunct since 1997. If that librarian thing doesn’t pan out, she can always become a shepherd, though. Or a parade float maker. (Side note: my other favorite career book is this one.)

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Miss America


  1. Miss America is decidedly a full-time career, at least for the years you are seriously aspiring to it. It isn’t open to many, however.

    1. I would assume that most people spend more money than they earn in the years of pageants they enter prior to attempting Miss America. I think people who are serious about it shell out a lot for clothing and preparation and training. But maybe the prizes are more lucrative than I imagine?

  2. Miss America is not a career. It’s a part-time job for one year! (as well as the lead-up pageants for years, where you don’t make any money)

    Didn’t Ringling Bros. go completely out of business?

    Were there that many Mini-Golf pros in 1998? And I’m pretty sure we didn’t call them “go-go dancers” then, ahem.

    Not real impressed with Al’s research if the Clown College went out of business the year before this was published.

  3. Hospice Worker? Texas Ranger? Nun? Symphony Conductor? Interpreter for the Deaf? These are considered “unusual”?

    1. I’ll add Syndicated Columnist, Tattoo Artist, Translator. I do not know how they decided on offbeatness, which makes the whole thing of dubious value for jobseekers.

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