Breath Odour Evaluator

Breath Odour Evaluator

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When it comes to strange jobs, a breath odour evaluator has to be one of the weirdest around. However, when you really think about it, there has to be someone who does this sort of work. After all, when companies work on creating new kinds of gums, mints or toothpastes, someone needs to judge how effective it is. That's what a breath odour evaluator does.
What they do is, they work mostly for big companies and help them in research. They smell the breath of volunteers right before they use the products. Next, they rate the breath 1 to 9, (1 being the worst and 9, the best) and after a while, repeat the process. They then rate the breath once more. They might smell again after hours just to check how long a particular product can keep a user's breath fresh. They then give their professional views on how effective a product is.
They are usually professionals and their views are actually well respected. When next you read the instructions on your favorite gum or mint and it states ‘Keeps your breath fresh all day long', know who's hard work led to such a statement.
Also, these people can work in research for Universities and Medical facilities in trying to find out the causes of breath odour. There is even a group for them - the International Society for Breath Odour Research. These are usually dentists who work as breath odour evaluators, helping to identify individuals with this disease and help find treatments to help overcome this problem.
Breath odour evaluators earn about $30,000 to $50,000 a year.