Photograph by DreamPictures/Getty Images Odd Jobs: From Space Travel Agents to Professional Mermaids Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on WhatsApp Share on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Google+E-mailShare on TwitterShare on WhatsApp 1 Doctors and Lawyers Need Not Apply To provide inspiration to those dissatisfied with their conventional, nine-to-five desk jobs, Bloomberg Businessweek profiles hard-working professionals who earn livings in the most unusual ways. Photograph by DreamPictures/Getty Images 2 Odd Jobs: Sky Writing Suzanne Asbury-Oliver and Steve Oliver, a husband-and-wife team of scribbling pilots, recount their adventures working for clients from PepsiCo (PEP) to Cindy Sheehan. 3 Odd Jobs: Beverage Flavor Scientist You may not enjoy Flavorman’s Fish Taco and Canned Ham sodas, but you can’t say flavor scientist David Dafoe didn’t get it exactly right. 4 Odd Jobs: Professional Balloon Twister Todd Neufeld is America’s most popular artist of latex and helium. 5 Odd Jobs: Private Monkey Trainer Lisa Whiteaker has risked life and limb to train 6,700 privately owned monkeys. 6 Odd Jobs: Car Cup-Holder Designer For the past 12 years, Chris Shinouskis’s job has been to make sure your beverage doesn’t spill. 7 Odd Jobs: Luxury Porta Potty Attendant Marvin Hyer Jr. has one of the worst jobs on the planet. But he’s not complaining. 8 Odd Jobs: Turning Your Ashes Into a Vinyl Record And Vinyly (rhymes with “And Finally”) brings new meaning to the phrase “spinning in your grave.” 9 Odd Jobs: Space Travel Agent After booking flights for 30 years as a successful travel agent, Craig Curran turned to the stars. 10 Odd Jobs: This Clown Will Make You Pregnant Medical clowns—think Patch Adams without a doctorate—seem to be especially useful during the in vitro fertilization process. 11 Odd Jobs: White House Chimney Sweep Jeff Schmittinger has been at it for 19 years and hasn’t been paid a dime. 12 Odd Jobs: Prosthetic Dog-Testicle Maker Gregg Miller’s implants offer neutered dogs an emotional Band-Aid for a procedure that “adds insult to injury.” 13 Odd Jobs: Burlesque Danger Artist Tonya Kay routinely puts her life and limbs on the line in the name of entertainment. 14 Odd Jobs: Professional Dog-Poop Remover As it becomes accepted to bring your pets to work—or unacceptable to clean up after them at home—DoodyCalls provides an ever-more-essential service. 15 Odd Jobs: Professional Mermaid It might seem easy to glide around underwater, smiling at tourists. It can be arduous, chilly work. 16 Odd Jobs: Convention Masseuse Tucked away at trade shows, the convention masseuse tries to create calm in an environment that’s anything but relaxing. 17 Odd Jobs: Animal Colorist Where did the movie zebra get its stripes? There’s a good chance Rose Ordile painted them on.