It sounds terrible, but raising maggots to sell as fishing bait or for agricultural purposes is an extremely lucrative profession. It’s just also a gross one.
By studying the development of maggots and other insects on dead bodies, these investigative professionals can determine certain details, such as how long a body has been dead. It’s an important job but also a dirty one as most of your day is spent not just among dead people, but rotting, smelly dead people.
To a farmer, knowing the sex of his or her chickens early on in life is necessary in order to determine the proper nourishment track (raise for meat, laying eggs, etc). The only way to do this at an early stage of development, however, is to literally squeeze the chick, opening its anal vent, and allowing the sexer to see if it has a small bump indicating that it is male.
If your idea of having a good time includes removing puss from peoples faces as they get a facial then this may be the job for you.
Although the profession isn’t as dangerous as it used to be, and chimney sweeps no longer employ little boys to climb up narrow chimneys for them, this job is still one of the dirtiest around. Dislodging a built up of dust, dirt, and ash is sure to have you coming home full of soot each night.
Its not just that your job involves killing things, but it also involves disemboweling them and separating the pieces. In fact, they said it would be enough to make some people go vegetarian, and evidently, quite often, it does.
If you think cleaning up after your kids at home is a mess, imagine cleaning up after hundreds of strangers day in and day out. They have to remove stuck on food, germs, and whatever else may have come in contact with each plate, bowl, cup, and utensil.
Did you know that on average you fart 13.6 times a day? Neither did we. But thanks to these fart counting number crunchers, we have access to knowledge such as this.
Whale Snot Collector
This job is so gross that the scientists who do this dirty work actually invented a remote controlled helicopter to harvest the whale boogers for them. We know you’re wondering – why anyone would want whale boogers on their desk? Well, because they’re busy researching disease patterns in these over-sized mammals.
These doctors have the thankless task of treating anal issues, one of the dirtiest and most sensitive parts of the body. It takes a lot of confidence and a strong stomach to do what they do.
Guano, also known as bat poop (and sometimes bird poop), is a very effective fertilizer and even considered a delicacy in some locales. Because it’s usually found in caves, it can take some special skills to harvest it properly, which is why we leave this job to the professional bat poop collectors.
Portable Toilet Cleaner
Armed with little more than a vacuum, these brave souls venture forth into places most of society avoids. And although cleaning a port-o-potty may not be the most glorious job in the world, it’ll earn you at least $50,000 a year.
Before scientists can do their DNA research, someone needs to prepare their specimens, or to be more specific, collect the fecal matter. It also has to be shaken up to form a special “solution,” which is exactly where their poop stirring assistants come in.
The road is a dangerous place for animals, and they don’t always make it across safely. That’s when the roadkill remover is called in to scrape up the remains. Sometimes those remains are a big pile of guts after enough cars have run over the carcass. Other times, the roadkill is left for days before being removed, adding the overwhelming smell of rotting animal to the job.
How do deodorant companies know whether or not their products are working? By employing armpit sniffers, that’s how. How willing would you be to apply to that job?
Just because you’re dead doesn’t mean you can’t be clean, which is exactly why we have embalmers in the world. They scrub the body, disinfect it, and then inject it with the right chemicals to preserve it before burial. They also have to make sure the people are really dead. Not a job for the faint of heart, or the easily spooked.
Every once in awhile, scientists need to dig up a body in order to extract DNA for the purposes of a criminal investigation. To get the DNA, however, the tissues need to be ground up, and that is exactly what our friend the corpse grinder does. How comfortable would you be blending human remains into millions of pieces?
Emergency Medical Providers
To some people, the sight of blood and guts won’t ruin their lunch, but to others, spending even five minutes in the emergency room or the back of an ambulance would be enough to induce nightmares. Lucky for us, there are those who are immune to bodily gore and who are willing to jump in there and save lives when called upon.
As awesome as this job sounds, it can be extremely hard on the senses. Bacteria do not generally live in the most sanitary of conditions, which means these scientists often find themselves in damp, hot, and extremely smelly locations to collect their samples.
You get pooped on, barfed on, peed on, and spat on for no pay. Yet somehow, you manage to love the source of all that muck and mire. A parent’s job is a dirty job but also a respected one.
As fun as roller coaster rides can be, every once in a while your stomach may disagree with you, which is why some amusement parks have these specialized janitors on hand.
Lift Pump Remover
Every time you flush a toilet, the waste is sent off to the treatment plant for processing. Upon arrival at the plant, the first thing that happens to the waste is that it enters the 5 story high lift pump chamber. The problem, however, is that sometimes the pump breaks. When this happens, a person wearing a full body suit and SCUBA gear has to swim through the mess of excrement and tie a rope to the pump so that it can be pulled out and replaced. Not too many have the stomach for this task.
Crime Scene Cleaning Crew
Although the detectives get all the glory, someone has to clean up the mess, and these are the people who make it happen. Cleaning everything from blood and hair to skin and teeth, it’s not hard to see why their job is on this list.
Among the rats, human excrement, and rotting trash beneath our city streets, you will find those steel-nosed warriors we commonly refer to as sewage cleaners. Be grateful for them every time you flush the toilet.
This job is so disgustingly dangerous that divers often need to be vaccinated against a slew of diseases. Many times, they find themselves searching for dead bodies or diving through septic tanks.