There really is no excuse for staying in a boring job
There's a million different ways to earn a dollar Down Under, and
many of them don't involve the standard nine-to-five office job.
Australia is a big country that boasts a wide range of industries, so
it's not surprising that there's pretty much a job to suit every
interest. Here's our list of the five most unusual jobs.
1. Senior submarine cook
When the Royal Australian Navy advertised that it was willing to pay
up to $200,000 for senior submarine cooks, it attracted worldwide
media attention. It seems that there aren't too many individuals with
the cooking skills and organisational ability to produce
morale-boosting food in a cramped galley. While you'll need to learn
your submariner skills elsewhere, you can get the ball rolling by
doing a cooking
course at TAFE NSW.
2. Construction diver
Australia is the middle of a resources boom and many of those
resources are being extracted from under the sea, necessitating the
building and maintenance of offshore platforms by divers. Construction
diver employers prefer to hire those with a metals and engineering
background, so doing a TAFE course in fitting, plumbing or welding
will increase your employability.
3. Crop duster pilot
With Australia fast becoming Asia's food bowl, there's lots of work
for pilots who can spray pesticides on the nation's crops. The
good news is that it pays well; the bad news is it can be dangerous
and involves a lot of expensive training and licencing requirements.
4. Shark tagger
Those tags that allow marine
biologists to track the movements of great white sharks don't
magically attach themselves. If you're willing to haul a shark onto a
boat and help with the surgical implantation of a tracking device
before throwing it back in the water, you probably won't find yourself
competing for jobs with too many others.
5. Koala catcher
As part of a campaign to lure British workers, the government of
South Australia has advertised a number of attention-grabbing job
vacancies in the UK, including ones for people to help control
Adelaide's koala population.
With so many exciting options on offer, there really is no excuse for
staying in a boring job. With a little research and possibly a bit of
training, you can find yourself doing work that you previously didn't
even realise existed.
Image courtesy of Rachael Dunk