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Odd Jobs: Portraits of Unusual Occupations

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Who blows the bugle at the Kentucky Derby? Who dusts the dinosaur bones at the Smithsonian? Who sniffs dog breath for a living? Who measures the breasts of real models? ODD JOBS introduces you to the real people who perform these truly peculiar jobs. In 65 intimate portraits, photo essayist Nancy Rica Schiff captures the personalities and occupations of these oddball profe ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 28th 2002 by Ten Speed Press
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Thomas Andrikus
Mar 12, 2012 Thomas Andrikus rated it really liked it
First, take a look a the cover. Yes, that woman gets paid for smelling people's body odours... Her job title is "odour judge", where she has to tell the efficacy of deodorants.

Each odd job is shown with a picture accompanying it. They can range from the envy of millions such as Videogame Tester, Dog walker, Beer taster, or bra designer to the less pleasant ones such as Bull semen collector, Knife thrower's assistant (who works with the famed Larry Cisewski as a live target for knife stage shows)
Dec 02, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
very strange. very funny. a little disturbing.
Jun 10, 2010 Noah rated it really liked it
Odd Jobs is a very funny book about weird jobs that people have. These jobs are from from the regular cubical jobs most people have. These jobs are disgusting, dangerous, but use full and funny. Jobs from tasting foods for a living, smelling different products on people for a living and a whole bunch of jobs that you don't really hear about.
I can connect this to Ripleys Believe it or not because a lot of these books I really couldn't believe at all. Some of these jobs you couldn't even imagine
Aug 26, 2009 Raina rated it liked it
Surprisingly small for a photo-book. Each spread shows a black and white photo of an odd job, with a title, location and description on the opposite page. Gross (Colonics Therapist) to obscure (Duckmaster), it's fun to watch the parade. Some of them don't seem like they could possibily support someone, and some of the descriptions seem to hint that some are only partial occupations. Which was a little disappointing, as I thought this would be a good source of "look all the bizarre stuff you can ...more
Sep 09, 2007 Tracey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those with a quirky sense of humour and job seekers looking to try something different
I got Odd Jobs: Portraits of Unusual Occupations as a quirky Christmas gift from my mom. It contains profiles of about 75 people with "unusual occupations. I was somewhat familiar with about a third of the jobs, and was really only surprised by about a dozen. I did learn a couple of new job titles: diener & solfeggist. The index at the back makes for easy reference.

Each 2-page spread contains a picture and a few paragraphs about the person & the job. Not a lot of reading, but a good brow
David Ward
Odd Jobs: Portraits of Unusual Occupations by Nancy Rica Schiff (Ten Speed Press 2002)(779.2) is a quirky little book. It simply shows a photo of someone demonstrating each occupation along with the name of the job-holder and a simple paragraph describing the job. Examples include a "symphony page turner(musician's assistant", a "dinosaur duster", a "mohel" (don't ask if you're not Jewish), and a scoreboard operator at Fenway Park in Boston. There are roughly seventy such occupations shown. This ...more
Jun 12, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
Great B&W photos and wonderful descriptions--this book is a gem!

Full of jobs best described as "who knew?", this is a peak into occupations that one seldom thinks about. "Condom checker" (a woman), "tampon tester" (a man), "coffin builder", to name a few. The photos are perfect--highly recommended.
Marianna Monaco
Oct 04, 2012 Marianna Monaco rated it really liked it
Shelves: illustrations
Wonderfully zany.
Among my favorite professionals are:
Duckmaster for the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee
LEGO Model Maker, Francie Berger, who created a 54 inch diameter model of the Aztec sun calendar
Dinosaur Duster

Great photographic portraits
Oct 09, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Quirky, silly, maybe a little frivolous, but it was fun to read and see the odd jobs there are out there. I also enjoyed examining the photographs that accompanied each "odd job".
Jul 19, 2015 Alison rated it liked it
Odd Jobs is a book that showcases a variety of weird jobs that people have. One page shows a picture of the job and the other gives a description of the job and states the location of the job. These jobs are definitely odd. I wouldn't have thought that some of them were actual professions. It is an interesting read, but I would have liked to have more content in the book.
Mar 10, 2008 Tracy rated it really liked it
Shelves: click
This is a good book to flip through when you're unhappy with your job. You'll either be inspired to break out of the corporate mold or be delighted to discover that there is something worse than your job.
Dec 20, 2008 Damarindah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: portraits
A collection of photographs and short description of odd jobs, those we might know they should existed but we have never had a chance to meet with the incumbent directly, have we?

The book is really an interesting eye-opener. Good job!
Jul 12, 2015 SouthWestZippy rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Interesting book on jobs that you don't think about the people behind the scenes doing. It is a very quit read because each job has only a very brief history or description.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Mar 16, 2016 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
Shelves: work
A blurb and a photo of those who do very peculiar work in this world. My friends...this one has your name on it.
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Mar 23, 2011 Leshawn rated it really liked it
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A little gem of a book!
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Apr 19, 2011 Christin rated it it was amazing
This is a fun one for story prompts
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Nov 01, 2010 Matty rated it it was amazing
Interesting with nice, clear format; left page has picture & right page has short description.
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