Special Report

The Weirdest Job in Every State

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16. Kansas
> Weirdest job: Dog food taster

Since dogs can’t tell us what they think of their food, humans are needed to make sure nothing is amiss before pet food is shipped to stores. Kansas is one of the largest producers of pet food in the country.

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17. Kentucky
> Weirdest job: Farrier

With a long equestrian tradition, many Kentuckians work as farriers, or someone who makes horseshoes and fits them on the horses. Farriers can learn their trade at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond.

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18. Louisiana
> Weirdest job: Bridge and lock tender

As the terminus point of the Mississippi river and the location of the Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana has a substantial river control system, including a number of locks. The state has nearly 10 times the concentration of bridge and lock tenders compared to the national workforce.

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19. Maine
> Weirdest job: Worm digger

Maine is the only place in the U.S. where fishermen can get sandworms, a popular fish bait. Worm diggers search through the mud all across Maine’s shoreline, picking up thousands of the creatures in a day.

20. Maryland
> Weirdest job: Crime scene cleaner

Maryland has the seventh highest murder rate among states. When these crimes occur, professionals are needed to clean the scene.