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    Highly specialized jobs

    We recently had a guy apply for a home occupation permit. Nine out of ten times these requests are for folks who want to run a financial advising office or an internet sales business out of their home, but the individual in question wanted to run a 'fruit art' business. A what, you say? He said he carves and designs fruit exhibits for catered affairs, wine clubs, or gourmet restaurants. He used to work on a cruise ship and all he did all day was carve fruits and vegetables into designs sun up to sun down. I've never been on a cruise ship but I looked at some pictures and some of this fruit art is awesome!

    viking watermelon

    Holy specialization Batman!

    This is just one example, though, of a highly specialized job. When one stops to think that every detail in every area of every conceivable industry or service has to be taken care of by someone, the number of special tasks is mind boggling. For instance, I wonder whose job it was to remove the moon dirt/dust off returning astronauts boots...someone had to do it. Did NASA put an ad in the help wanted section? Wanted: moon scum removal technician 4. Must have Phd in astrophysics, geology and 2 yrs experience in the dry cleaning/spot removal industry. Please send resume and references to...

    Watching movie credits is another rich source of unusual and highly specialized tasks (e.g. assistant pre-vis production designer)

    What are some examples of other highly specialized/obscure jobs that you've heard of?
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    Here is an example
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    Here is an example
    Hot Rod U
    Dang, they have an entire sub-curriculum geared towards NASCAR specific automobile specs! Now that's what I'm talking about. Apparently not just any grease monkey can be a mechanic for those special cars. They have certification and everything. Now why don't, say, barbers have that level of specialization - I'm sorry, I don't cut just any hair - I'm a beard and sideburn specialist
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    Dang, they have an entire sub-curriculum geared towards NASCAR specific automobile specs! Now that's what I'm talking about. Apparently not just any grease monkey can be a mechanic for those special cars. They have certification and everything. Now why don't, say, barbers have that level of specialization - I'm sorry, I don't cut just any hair - I'm a beard and sideburn specialist
    That doesn't surprise me at all. We planners have specializations, and that's valid. Every racing organization (NASCAR, Formula 1, etc.) has stringent rules about what is allowed with the engines. Mechanics is comlex, and being able to tweek an engine to go even faster and keep within the regulations is all the more complicated. If the guy was a SAAB engineer, would specialized training surprise you? Every maker has specialized training schools and certification, BMW, Ford, Harley-Davidson, etc. I hate NASCAR, but even I acknowledge that the mechanics takes a lot of knowledge. I guess you can't help but learn about it when they come visit your town (and you hear it! )

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister

    What are some examples of other highly specialized/obscure jobs that you've heard of?
    Similar to the fruit guy: how do you train to make ice carvings with a chainsaw?

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    Similar to the fruit guy: how do you train to make ice carvings with a chainsaw?
    one of my buddies from scouts became a chef, he did an aprenticeship with a guy that does it.

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