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The 13 LEAST Common Jobs In America (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 08/18/10 09:41 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:25 PM ET

Just because a person's job is a bit out of the ordinary, doesn't mean it pays well.

We culled through the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) most recent employment and wage data to find some of the least common jobs in America. These occupations -- from animal breeders to prosothodontists -- included an even mix of high-paying and low-paying jobs.

Of the 42 occupations in 2009 with 4,000 or less employees, 19 had wages above the U.S. average, 17 had wages below the U.S. average and six jobs paid average salaries. (Keep in mind that the BLS doesn't maintain an exhaustive lists of all occupations.)

Retail salespersons, cashiers and general office clerks were among the occupations with the highest employment in 2009, the BLS reported. Occupations with the lowest employment included models, astronomers and radio operators.

Check out the 13 rarest jobs in America below:

13. Animal Breeders
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Employment: 1,700
Hourly Median Wage: $14.27
Annual Median Wage: $29,680
Job Description: Breed animals, including cattle, goats, horses, sheep, swine, poultry, dogs, cats, or pet birds. Select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring.*
*Source: Bureau Of Labor Statistics Wage Data
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