Special Report

Weirdest Job in Every State

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21. Massachusetts
> Weirdest job: Industrial-organizational psychologist

Industrial-organizational psychologists help ensure workplaces run smoothly through conflict resolution and maintaining high employee morale. This occupation is highly concentrated in Massachusetts relative to the nation as a whole.

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22. Michigan
> Weirdest job: Furniture tester

Thanks to its access to lumber, Grand Rapids, Michigan was once known as “Furniture City”. Still today, La-Z-Boy Furniture is headquartered in Michigan, so the state has many furniture testers who ensure sofas, chairs, couches, and more are comfy.

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23. Minnesota
> Weirdest job: Professional sleeper

Professional sleepers are often employed by pharmaceutical companies, bed or pillow makers, or sleep researchers. Minnesota has one of the largest health research industries in the country.

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24. Mississippi
> Weirdest job: Forest fire inspector/prevention specialist

The primary responsibilities of forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists is to enforce fire regulations and implement fire control measures. This occupation is far more common in Mississippi than it is nationwide.

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25. Missouri
> Weirdest job: Dice quality inspector

To ensure that anyone playing a dice game has equal odds of winning, dice are inspected to ensure the cube is equally weighted on all sides before going to casinos or stores. Kearney, Missouri is home to a manufacturer of casino-quality dice.

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