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Unusual Online Courses for a New Career

Updated on November 29, 2017

In this day and age with jobs scarce and prospects scarcer, more adults are signing up for online classes. Some are getting a more advanced degree, some just want to improve their skills. There are numerous career paths one can choose. Here are some unusual courses you can take, all of them legitimate (I think) and relatively affordable.

1) PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR - Do you enjoy intrigue and adventure? Do you like helping folks solve their problems? Learn everything you need to become a private investigator including surveillance techniques, firearm safety, corporate espionage and undercover work. Most PI's are self-employed with an average salary of $32,000 a year. Jobs include legal, corporate an financial investigation.

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2) GEMOLOGIST - Do you like all things that glitter? Do you want to go for the gold? You can study and get a diploma as a gemologist. It is touted as the jewelry industry's most coveted professional credential. Categories include diamonds, colored stones and pearls. The average salary of a jeweler is $54,000 a year.

3) DOG PSYCHOLOGIST - Do you love dogs? Do you want to know what makes them tick? You can get a certificate as a dog psychologist. It is a recommended certificate program for trainers and vets. You'll learn all about the social, sexual and communication behaviors of our furry friends. The average salary of a dog trainer is $22,000 a year.


4) PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR - Are you fascinated by things that go bump in the night? Have you always wanted to be a ghost hunter? You can become a certified paranormal investigator. You will learn how to find haunted areas, use electronic detection equipment and assemble an affordable ghost hunting kit. Yearly salary varies. Some investigators make as much as $500 an hour, most a lot less. Pretty cool though.

5) CASINO DEALER - Do you like gambling venues? Do you enjoy the games of Poker and Blackjack? You can learn to be a card dealer at a professional level. There are casinos all over the country now so employment is nearly guaranteed. And the money isn't bad. Many casino card dealers make over $50,000 a year including tips.

6) - WEDDING MINISTER - Do you get sentimental at weddings? Do you enjoy being around happy people? Then you should become a legally ordained wedding officiant. With more people getting married in untraditional settings, this job may be in demand. Most wedding ministers charge about $500 a wedding. So get your hankie out as well as your business cards.

7) ANTIQUE DEALER - Do you love antiques? Do you wish you knew more about them? You can learn to be an antique dealer or appraiser. I almost took this course myself - it is very reputable and comprehensive. You'll find everything you need to know about the world of antiques and the history that goes with them. Salary for an antique appraiser varies by region but averages about $41,000 a year.

8) STAINED GLASS PAINTER - Is there an artist bubbling inside of you? Do you love the beauty of stained glass? All the techniques and equipment are there for the learning. You will study how to use depth, highlights, and elegant long lines. You will learn how to fire your glass and many other things to create your own unique work of art. Salary for a stained glass artist varies but the average is $39,000 a year.

9) TAROT CARD READER - Do you like mystery? Do you sometimes wish you could see the future? You can get an education in the tarot. Deciding your course of study is as easy as finding out which card you are. This site is quite comprehensive for what it is. Most tarot card readers are self employed and salary will vary.

10) ONLINE GAME DESIGNER - Do you have a creative mind? Do you come up with ideas for new games but don't know what to do about it? You can get an online game degree. You learn about design, art and animation, production and programming. Many sites offer an associates or bachelors degree in online gaming. The average salary for a degreed game designer is $58,000 a year.


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      Roxanna 2 years ago

      You've got it in one. Conu'ldt have put it better.

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      Keeley Shea 6 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Such an interesting hub! I had no idea there were such unusual on-line courses for such unusual jobs! I wondered how people became paranormals - very cool! Thanks!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Caroline - You're right - we are lucky the internet has so much to offer. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Caroline Paulison Andrew 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Great blog! I actually looked into online nutritionist degrees at one point. It is very cool how much is now available to study online (and the amazing variety).

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Austinstar - It does sound cool.

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      Tim Reynolds 6 years ago

      It's amazing what we are capable of learning now thanks to the internet. You have a very interesting blog, this was a great post. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I signed up to be a private investigator once. It's too tedious for me. But the paranormal investigator sounds really cool!

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Adult College - you are probably right but internet training options are available. Thanks for the comment.

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      Adult College Courses 7 years ago

      As an investigator you should no be trained via the internet. This is a field where hands on is way more beneficial.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I think I'd like to be an antique dealer. Thank you all for commenting.

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      Lisa Singer 7 years ago

      These are interesting paths to take. I would advise everyone to first at least obtain your GED online through a virtual high school.

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      Riviera Rose 7 years ago from South of France

      Loved this hub, and many of those things I really do fancy doing!! Thanks.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      This is great info!

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      jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

      This is so interesting! I enjoyed it. Sounds fun to try some of them.

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      CiscoPixie 8 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all?

      amazing hub ! :)

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      maggs224 8 years ago from Sunny Spain

      I liked this hub very much I think the PI job would suit me as I like to know what's going on lol

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      Raggits 8 years ago

      This is really different, thanks for visiting my hubs. I want to be a gemologist. I'm always picking up rocks and quartz. I actually found a geode. This is a very interesting hub. Thanks! Stained glass. I love driving thru towns and looking at the older churches with their lovely stained glass windows.

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      These are good alternatives to the more well known desk-type jobs. Fun, and informative hub!

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      Dale Nelson 8 years ago from South Africa

      Some people really do have strange careers don't they.Great read.

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      Army Infantry Mom 8 years ago

      I want to be a ghost hunter, I wouldn't even charge 500 an hour. Very intresting hub,..

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      suziecat7 8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thank you all for stopping by. I got a kick out of researching and writing this one.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Fancy the paranormal job please

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      Melody Lagrimas 8 years ago from Philippines

      Very strange indeed.

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      Eidul Ameen Bin Sahul Hamid 8 years ago from Part Buntar, Malaysia

      I think I should sign up for the paranormal course. Suitable part time job !

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      cjcarter 8 years ago

      PI!? Sign me up! : ) Fun hub to read.