Boner is one of five jobs with great names advertised this year

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WHAT do you do for a living?

It is the most commonly asked question when meeting new people, whether it is around the summer barbecue or at a professional networking event.

Most people state run-of-the-mill jobs but there are some everyday roles which sound exciting and can make workers the talk of the party.

They also are relatively attainable and do not require a university degree.

When choosing a career, its best to stick to something youre interested in and which suits your personal aptitude.

But if it happens to be one of these jobs, all advertised in the Saturday newspapers Careers section this year, workers can have a great job and also get a great reaction when they meet new people.

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BONER

Boners cut meat away from the carcass skeleton and major ligaments so it is ready for sale, or into smaller pieces so slicers can prepare it into the cuts required, at butcher shops and supermarkets across Australia.

They may specialise in pork, chicken, poultry, lamb or beef boning, but they need to be accurate in their work to ensure the meat retains value.

The Employment Department finds 11,400 Australians are employed as meat boners, slicers and slaughterers, working in such places as abattoirs and other meat processing plants.

A Certificate III in Meat Processing (Boning Room) is a good qualification to hold, however, many employers will hire staff on traineeships so they can work and study concurrently.

Being able to purchase meat at special staff prices and working in airconditioning are some of the other perks of the trade.

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ROBOT WELDER

It may sound like these workers make robots, but they actually operate robot welding machinery, by turning the robot welding process on and off, and inserting and removing metal from the equipment.

Hays regional director Austin Blackburne says employers generally ask for existing robot welding experience when recruiting, because it is a newly created position.

However, we do expect the role to become more prevalent over the next few years, he says.

The role of robot welder is the kind of job suited to someone who has worked in a process operating role.

They will need to possess a high attention to detail and not get bored of the repetitive nature of the role. It is a role a good process operator could be trained to do.

DOGMAN

A dogman works with crane operators to move heavy equipment.

They ensure the equipment is safely and securely placed in a sling and then hooked on to the crane, and help guide the crane operator to place it in the required location.

A Licence to Perform Dogging is the preferred qualification workers can obtain through construction training companies, and typically takes five days of training.

Other licences or qualifications generally are required, particularly the White Card to work on a construction site.

Dogman falls under the Construction and Other Mining Labourers occupational group, employing 6800 people, which the Employment Department forecasts will grow by 300 workers in the five years to 2021.

WEEKEND COOK

Many Australians regard themselves as weekend cooks at home, but there is the opportunity to get paid to do it.

The large variety of employers from community social clubs to restaurants, catering companies to residential aged care centres means workers with varying skill levels can get jobs.

An Australian Culinary Federation spokeswoman says workloads also differ, with some weekend cooks required to prepare meals for 30 people, while others may be serving 300.

Most of our industry is based on the weekend, thats when everyone else is out playing, she says.

Youve got to like cooking if you want to do it for a career. Theres a great skill shortage of chefs in Australia.

Youve got to be passionate about it.

A Certificate II in Kitchen Operations is a basic qualification jobseekers can study in 12 weeks.

JET/VACUUM OPERATOR

Water and waste management companies require people to drive and operate tankers, sucking up liquid to take for disposal with a vacuum, or spraying surfaces using a jetting system to remove material or contamination.

It may involve clearing a drain or dealing with hazardous waste.

Workers should receive training from their employer on how to use the equipment but a White Card and other construction short courses can be an advantage for new workers.

A heavy vehicle licence also may be required.

There's no statistics on the number of people employed in this occupation, but with sewerage one of the substances workers must deal with, no doubt there will be ongoing vacancies in future.