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It's not surprising that the first question we are asked by strangers often has to do with what we do for a living. It's another way of asking, Who are you, and what are you about? But what happens when the answer to that question is I am a gondolier or I am an Instagram influencer? This book tries to answer that question, focusing on approximately 100 unusual occupations around the world.
Arranged alphabetically, entries define the jobs and detail their historical, social, and cultural significance. Entries also examine where the job is located, how it came to be, how people get into the position, and what the economic and future outlook is for that job. While the entries focus on contemporary jobs, the encyclopedia also includes sidebars that highlight unique jobs from history to give the reader a sense of how unusual (and often terrible ) some jobs once were. Students will find this book useful in looking at cultures around the world.