> Weirdest job: Robot tester
You may have seen robotics company Boston Dynamics’ viral videos, featuring dog-like robots that can climb stairs, or a humanoid robot that can do a backflip. The Waltham-based company is looking for a hardware test engineer who would design and create tests to ensure these machines are capable of their impressive feats.
> Weirdest job: Furniture tester
Thanks to its access to lumber, Grand Rapids, Michigan, was once known as “Furniture City.” With La-Z-Boy Furniture headquartered in Michigan as well as other furniture makers, the state has many furniture testers who ensure sofas, chairs, couches, and more are comfy.
> Weirdest job: Professional sleeper
People are often employed to sleep by pharmaceutical companies, bed or pillow makers, or sleep researchers. Minnesota has one of the largest health research industries in the country, including the Minnesota Sleep Institute.
> Weirdest job: Alligator wrangler
There may be as many as 38,000 alligators in Mississippi, and wranglers working for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are sometimes needed to remove the large and dangerous animals from residential areas.
> Weirdest job: Dice quality inspector
To ensure that anyone playing a dice game has the same odds of winning, dice are inspected before going to casinos or stores to ensure the cubes are equally weighted on all sides. Kearney, Missouri, is home to a manufacturer of casino-quality dice.