Top 10 WORST Jobs
Think your job is bad? Think you’re going to lose your cool if you have to listen to a coworker’s repetitious retelling of their “super fun weekend” with the family for the 4th time this week? We may have found the cure for your employment blues – a list of ten incredibly terrible jobs that will make you feel truly appreciative of the job you spend countless hours griping about.
Flatus Odor Judge
Love being stuck in an elevator with someone who just chowed down on some Taco Bell? Then this disgusting, and thankfully temporary job is perfect for you! A Minneapolis gastroenterologist took odor studies to new heights when he hired two individuals to inhale around 100 samples of… well… human emissions. The two researchers were faced with rows of foul-smelling containers, which they opened, took a whiff of, died a little inside, and rated just how noxious the smell was. According to the man behind the madness, Michael Levitt, the study was important, stating that smell could be a “potentially critical medical symptom.” It’s possible, though, that simply signing up to be a flatus odor judge is a critical medical symptom on its own.
For those that couldn’t follow their passion of deep sea diving, there’s a great alternative. Sure, it may require you to be tolerant of the look and smell of human waste, but it’s close enough… right? Sewage diving, though it sounds like an extreme sport, is actually the career of some unfortunate souls; and yes, it’s exactly as it sounds. Sewage divers are dispatched to fix a range of mechanic issues, such as failed motors within a lake of raw sewage and waste. The thick, viscous liquid offers no visibility, often making it imperative for a worker to perform essentially blind. The smell isn’t even the worst part, as workers can be submerged in waste for hours on end until the job is 100% complete.
Adult Theater Janitor
Think you could deal with the dregs of society stumbling into your establishment late at night, looking for a cheap thrill? Want to possibly spend your evening cleaning up seminal fluid from already sticky floors? Maybe you see some professional help because we have to assume everybody else views this employment opportunity as a grotesque, miserable experience. If you thought vomit collection was jarringly disgusting, imagine all of the fun prizes you’d find in a theater that specializes in playing adult movies all night.
Vomit Cleaning Crew
Amusement parks are scenes of fun, excitement, and thrills – but what happens when those thrills get to be a bit too much and somebody who thinks they’re enjoying themselves loses their lunch all over the ride? The park could call upon a regular janitor or they can bring in somebody who is passionate about vomit removal… if such a person exists. One park that hired on a vomit collector was Thorpe Park in England which, in one year alone, saw 619 “sick shutdowns” on its rides.
You may be one of the nicest people on the planet, but the moment you sit down in your cubicle and start making phone calls to collect on an unpaid debt, you’re suddenly a being so vile and foul that you must have been birthed from the Devil’s loins. Being a debt collector, whether for a credit card company, government organization, or third party company, is tough in so many ways, and for a median $13.00/hour, it’s not easy to justify being screamed and cursed at on a daily basis. Outside of possibly paving the way to becoming an Accounts Receivable Manager 10 years down the line, there are few silver linings to debt collection… save for the occasional employee appreciation barbecue.
Deodorant Scent Tester
If you’re thinking you will get to just sit around and sample a series of different deodorant scents, you’re in for a nasty surprise. You see, to properly sell a product, a company must know if it works, and in the world of deodorant, there’s only one surefire way to determine functionality. These scent testers work for deodorant producers, sticking their noses in the armpits of dozens of different people. If the product actually works, the job isn’t that bad. Now if it doesn’t work… well, then you’re nose deep in a rather unpleasant experience; and you can’t even be mad. You signed up for it!
Of course, you feel terrible for hitting that deer, leaving its twitching body on the side of the road; but you should probably feel worse for the individual who now has the task of cleaning that mess up. Roadkill removers have one task: respond to calls about roadkill and remove the carcass before it poses a danger to other drivers or simply starts decomposing and melting into the pavement. When distress calls aren’t filtering in, it’s likely that they’ll drive around looking for something to remove from the road. This skill-less job can bring in a decent wage of about $15 per hour… but so do much cleaner jobs. Jobs that don’t require one to be covered in decomposing animal parts at the end of the day.
What job is more fun than spending your days watching grass grow? As it turns out, just about everything… but then again, work isn’t always supposed to be fun. As a seed analyst, a great day starts with a new blade of grass to get excited over, but a typical workday involves counting out hundreds of individual seeds, planting each seed individually, and measuring grass as it grows to ensure it is growing at the proper rate and to the right length. For a median annual salary of about $30,000, you, too, can watch grass grow!
You’re 2,000 feet or roughly 610 meters above the ground, your life in the hands of a harness and your own balance. For an average of $21.27 per hour, your job is to manually climb the full length of the tower needing service, perform whatever lengthy maintenance is needed, then make the nerve-wracking and slow decent backdown. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the United States, working as a tower technician puts you in one of the most hazardous positions, one that is far more dangerous than the construction industry. In 2014 alone, over 4,500 employees were killed on the job.
Pet Food Taster
Foodies take note! Instead of taking your skills to the internet and starting a dead-end blog, why not take your sophisticated palate to an industry that needs it – pet food tasting! You know you’ve eyed your dog’s treats on those rough nights where nothing is defrosted, so before you take the dive the next time things get rough, why not get paid to chow down on some pet food? Probably because the concept sounds vile, and the starting salary of about $31,000 doesn’t sound quite worth it. Between texture and taste, we can’t imagine there are many positive points to diving into a can of dog chow.