Top 10 WORST JOBS In The WORLD
Unless you’re the voiceover artist for a YouTube channel, you’ve probably had a moment or several where you just couldn’t stand your job. The next time those workplace woes creep up on you, maybe take a minute to remember this list of ten of the worst jobs in the world!
If Brazilian scientist Helge Ziegler has taught us anything, it’s that there’s literally a job for everyone. Taking up the bulk of Ziegler’s time is Brazilian mosquito research, and it’s not so much the research that’s awful, it’s how these scientists obtain their specimen. Not all mosquitos are easily attracted by bright lights, and so to capture their test subjects, researchers like Ziegler have to literally put themselves on the menu. They’ll allow mosquitos to get caught up in sucking their blood before capturing them. Besides the potential itching, one awful side effect Ziegler has found with his job was the potential for contracting malaria, which he has done on several occasions.
If your well-wishes usually go to the brave scientists behind the research of deadly pathogens, there may be another person to give thanks to. During tests of airborne pathogens in Bio-Safety Level 4 laboratories, the lead researchers are in these death chambers far less frequently than expected, typically only during experiments. Picking up the slack are the superintendents responsible for cleaning and repairing equipment and maintaining the room’s integrity. Additionally, they’re often responsible for removing waste leftover from the experiment. Hats off to an unsung hero.
Animal Inseminator Technicians
The job of the animal inseminator is a rather specific one that spends way too much time dealing with animal semen to sound remotely appealing. The job starts with monitoring the ovulation cycles of female animals to determine the best time for insemination. From there, it’s off to the main process, which involves pre-emptively using specialized breeding equipment to extract the male’s seminal fluids to be used for insemination. For showing the male a good time and impregnating the female, technicians average anywhere from $18,000 (13,000) to $59,000 (45,775) per year, depending on the state.
Portable Toilet Field Technician
There’s no honor in cleaning or tending to restrooms for a living and it’s almost worse when that restroom is a portable plastic outhouse. Outside of the unpleasant odor that comes with a port-o-potty, there are technical aspects to the job that, if not handled properly, can lead to a rather rank day. One example of how your day can do down the drain has to deal with de-pressurizing the waste tank during evacuation and the disgusting aftereffects of such a mistake. And at an average pay rate of $12.45 / hour (£9.66 / hour), there’s no doubt that they don’t get paid enough.
Ever wanted to be elbow-deep in animal excrement? That’s an easy question: who hasn’t? It’s not really a pleasure trip, but the poor sap that has to sift through animal feces actually has a pretty important job. More than just a hobby, manure inspectors and analysts are tasked with testing specimen to ensure they don’t carry bacteria or show signs of other medical issues. As a form of natural fertilizer, it’s important for agriculturalists to know if their livestock is harboring diseases. Manure analysis is typically done in specialized labs, which gives us pause at another career opportunity – the manure collector.
Well, it may sound like a fun, technical job, but that’s only half accurate. An extremophile excavator does exactly what the title says – they extract extremophile or a kind of microbe that’s known for eliminating arsenic. The microbe is harvested in hopes of using it to remove the deadly substance from water supplies, but the process is no picnic. Extremophiles are found in less-desirable environments, specifically regions like the Mono and Searles lakes in California. Stifling temperatures hinder progress, but, for the crew at Mono and Searles, it’s the near-unbreathable air - filled with hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, and methylated amines - that has makes this job sound unbearable.
If you follow our Archives, you know that crocodiles have earned their place on several “most dangerous” and “deadliest” lists. Need we say more, here? Don’t get us wrong, they’re a fascinating beast of nature, but we’re just not willing to stick our heads in their mouths, as is a part of the job for crocodile trainers in Asian regions like Thailand. Even if you’re not tempting fate, wranglers, like those in Florida, are constantly in harm’s way, relying on the reptile’s appetite and their own skills. Depending on the region, trainers can earn anywhere from $10 (£7) to $25 (£20) / hour for being near these toothy fiends.
Theme Park Ride Tester
Yeah, it’s definitely a job, and while we can see the perks in being able to test out the latest thrill rides, we’re also able to pinpoint those red flags. First off, depending on the amusement park, the position may be volunteer, complete with absolutely no benefits package. Even as a paid employee, though, we shudder at the thought of being the very first person to test out a new ride meant to move at incredible speeds. Sure, computers run simulations and the rides are tested frequently early on to check sensors and braking, but to be the first human element added – it just doesn’t give us a warm, cuddly feeling.
Fast Food Worker
Imagine working a job where you sweat all day, deal with dozens upon dozens of people that have no respect for you, and eventually go home smelling like a vat of oil. Oh, and you’re paid the lowest wage possible. Welcome to the world of the fast food employee. While some can find a way to smile through the grease, the plight of the fast food worker is to deal with cranky, hungry people while serving food known to be subpar and unhealthy. At an average wage of $8.25 / hour (£6.40 / hour), it’s definitely not intended as a long-term career.
It may not sound like a terrible job – you’re outside all day, getting to know fascinating people, listening to unique stories. Then again… you have to be outside all day where you’re forced to listen to stories from people you’ll likely never see again. You also do so at a median rate of $22,000 / year (£17,059 / hour), relying heavily on tips to cover gas costs and insurance, if your company is on the frugal side. On top of it all, the unpredictability of people can put you in some undesirable situations. That is, of course, if Uber and Lyft haven’t taken your fares from you.