April 6, 2012

What do You want to Smell like After Hours?

smell roseWhile office jobs typically lack aromatic saturation, other jobs require its workers to deal with smells on a daily basis. Sometimes the smell may be thought of as a job perk but others can make work nearly intolerable. Don’t overlook your nose when choosing a career – especially if you are picking jobs in one of the following list of the best (and worst) smelling occupations complied by TheWorkBuzz.

The best-smelling jobs typically involve food and beverages. Bakeries are arguably the best smelling workplaces out there. With the regular production of fresh breads and a host of pastries such as cupcakes, doughnuts, tarts, and other sweet baked goods, walking into a bakery each day is not only a mouth-watering event, but leaves you smelling appetizing after calling it a day. Other jobs guaranteed to smell great throughout the day include café barista, cook, waiter, and concessions worker.

Coming in a close second to the delicious smells of food-focused occupations are the scents of the florist. With each new season come new fragrances and aromas to fill your nose and refresh your work clothes. From bulb flowers in the spring to the scent of evergreens in the winter, one of the perks of flower shop work is the one you take with you at the end of the day. Other jobs that offer outdoorsy aromas include groundskeeper, landscape architect, and fruit picker.

Aromatherapists, and their use of essential plant oils, are regularly bathed in a veritable bouquet of incense with scents such as lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus filling their pores and ensuring that they smell positively therapeutic wherever they go. Other scent-centered holistic occupations that leave employees smelling great include herbalist, masseuse, and workers in health-food stores.

Health and beauty employees, particularly those who work in fragrance sales, are surrounded by chemicals specifically designed to pique your olfactory receptors. The smells of cucumber, nectarine, and pomegranate infuse the work area with perfume making for a workplace redolent with pleasant odors. Other beauty jobs where scent plays a large part in the overall experience include candle maker, perfume demonstrator, and tobacco shop worker.

On the other end of the spectrum are those jobs that reek with odors most people would cower from. One of the worst-smelling jobs in the world is that of zookeeper. Working with animals such as hippos, elephants, and birds, which often cover their territory in dung, lead to exposure to odors that are impossible to get rid of. Other animal-related occupations that cover workers in unthinkable stink include slaughterhouse workers, fishermen, veterinarian, and farmer.

Finally, the worst smelling non-animal-related jobs are those in the waste and recycling collecting industries. While these are certainly some of the smelliest jobs around, fortunately there are those who choose to brave the stench and work to hide our refuse away from our daily experience. Other jobs that require seriously high levels of nasal constitution include custodian, plumber, bathroom attendant, and coroner.

Read more in How to Choose a Career

Joshua Bjerke, from Savannah, Georgia, focuses on articles involving the labor force, economy, and HR topics including new technology and workplace news. Joshua has a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in International Studies and is currently pursuing his M.A. in International Security.