Got a Sensitive Nose?

Odor experts… they are known to work in the perfume or wine industry. Now they have another possibility.

Chinese city recruits are looking for ‘smell specialists’ to sniff out air pollution. The job is to sniff out and identify pollutants in the air.

It’s all happening in a city named Guangzhou. It’s where 13 million people live in south China.

The job starts by getting air samples from different parts of the city. The samples are then sealed in bags. Back at the lab, the smell specialist sniffs the air through plastic tubes. From here, they try to figure out which pollutant is in the sample. They also have to figure out how strong the pollutant is.

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If the pollutant is bad enough, the city goes on alert.

The pollution is so bad in parts of China that some can’t even go outside on high alert days.

A woman wearing a mask walk through a street covered by dense smog in Harbin, northern China, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Visibility shrank to less than half a football field and small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an international safety standard in one northern Chinese city as the region entered its high-smog season. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
A woman wearing a mask walk through a street covered by dense smog in Harbin, northern China, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Visibility shrank to less than half a football field and small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an international safety standard in one northern Chinese city as the region entered its high-smog season. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

As for the new job, no one has said if this position has any health risks of its own.

(sources: How Stuff Works, Washington Times, Daily Mail)

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