20 Jobs And Careers That Are Extremely Gross But Pay Well

Cheryl Brite August 2nd 2016 Education
Be grateful that your job doesn’t involve dealing with disgusting things on a daily basis or maybe it does? You begin to wonder how you got to a place in your life where dealing with the grossness of the world became your job. You need to make a living somehow. Check out these careers that aren't for the faint of heart.
1. Sewage Worker
Estimated Yearly Salary: $37,000

You have to deal with people’s poop everyday in the underground. The smells will have you rethinking this career path. You will learn that the human body is more disgusting then you ever imagined. There's a lot of toxic waste you have to deal with. Homes and streets are clear because of you, but you’ll never look at your friends the same way. You'll never feel clean again.
Working with toxic chemicals everyday can be harmful to your health. Respiratory issues, irregular heartbeat, nausea, and vomiting are just some of the symptoms are sickness sewage worker can get on the job. To protect yourself from getting sick, wear protective gear and a mask around your mouth. Also, wash your hands after your workday is over. It's important that you avoid touching your face when handling sewage. When the days is over, you should clean your contaminated suit with a chlorine solution and water.
2. Septic Tank Repair
Estimated Yearly Salary: $49,000

Installing a tank is actually the most pleasant part of this job. Well that's a relief. The gross part is fixing the septic tank. All the waste is loose and you are more than likely going to become covered in shit. When you’re repairing the septic tank, you have to dig up, remove, repair, and replace the tank. Sure it may cost homeowners but the cost of your dignity is something you can never get back.
For the most part the septic tank is a reliable part of anyone's home. That is until three to five years pass by, and the tank is required to have maintenance. As a septic tank repairer you have to identify the problem, correct it, and get it done efficiently with little cost. First you observe the sludge level of the septic tank. Then you clean the inside of the tank. Take care of the clearing the pipes of clogging and then drain the pipes of sewage away from the septic system.
3. Sanitation Worker
Estimated Yearly Salary: $53,000

You’re a garbage man or women. Sounds easy enough. The trash you collect could be anything from rotting food to a woman’s period pads. You sort and dump trash everyday for a living. It's one of the those jobs someone has to do. While it is not the most glamorous job, you do get paid well by the government.
You're employed by the city or a private company to handle trash. Your sort out trash in a way that helps prevent diseases. You're responsible for picking up trash around neighborhoods and businesses. As a trash collector you identify the unwanted trash and load into a garbage truck. The trash collected by you is usually transferred to a landfill. You may also be called upon to deal with septic systems and are responsible for the machines at a wastewater facility.
4. CTS Decon
Estimated Yearly Salary: $40,000

It's a gruesome job, but someone has to do it. You clean up after murders. What you see can range from rape to murder, and you’re in charge of cleaning blood, feces, decomposing materials, and so much more. This is definitely no easy job. The crime scene can be a hazardous place for your health, but it pays well. You make the streets healthy again by picking up the pieces of the crime scene.
You clean up the bodily fluids of a crime scene, tissue and organs, HIV cells, and other unpleasant remaining residue. It's important to treat the crime scene with dignity and respect. You're handling the remains of a family's loved ones. You may also be called in to deal with meth lab decontamination as well as a hoarder's property. Anywhere can be a place to clean up a crime. It may take its toll, but you're paid well, which makes your job a little easier to do.
5. Hotel Maid
Estimated Yearly Salary: $43,000

There’s nothing glamorous about picking up after people’s messes in their hotel room. It can be a very frustrating job. People leave more disgusting things in a hotel room, then at home. When you’re changing people’s sheets, you don’t know what you’re touching or maybe you do? If you’ve been doing this job for a long time, you think you’ve seen it all, but people are pretty disgusting and can surprise you. The money is a great motivating factor for being a hotel maid.
As a hotel maid you make the beds, empty the waste baskets, clean the bathroom, vacuum the floor, and so much more. Some maids are lazy and just make the hotel room look clean when it really isn't. They wipe down the sink with a rag that hasn't even been sprayed with cleaner and have not done a thorough job in cleaning the tub. Maids are leaving bacteria on places like the toilet, sink, and shower if they are not wiped down correctly. Don't be this kind of maid. It may not be the most exciting job, but it prevents guests from getting sick.
6. Adult Film Star
Estimated Yearly Salary: $40,000

It will take your humanity. Degrading, disgusting, and will steal your soul are just some of the things that come to mind when you think about this job. you obviously don't respect yourself if this is what you want to do as a job. It’s not only one of the most disgusting jobs out there, but it is also one of the most dangerous jobs out there. Protection is hardly used and the risk for getting an STD is high. This job can kill you while you’re still young.
You may make a lot of money being an adult film star, but you can't spend it if you're dead. This job can ruin your life if you happen to contract a AIDs and eventually HIV. You're performing sex acts on film for complete strangers. You can never take this back. Plus this is a temporary job because after a certain age, you're just not young and attractive enough anymore. You're reputation is ruined and no one will take you seriously if you're trying to pursue a normal job after your filming career is over.
7. Medical Waste Biohazard Cooker
Estimated Yearly Salary: $40,000

Your encounter with medical waste is an everyday thing that is dangerous to your health. Urine, semen, feces, blood, and teeth are among the disgusting things you have to handle. Gross! Your job is to cook the bags in an oven for hazardous things, which releases a horrible smell. Make sure not to ingest the toxic chemicals. You have to be careful; your life depends on it.
Gathering these gross bags of filth, you incinerate them. These bags can kill you if any punctures are found on the bags you're handling. Wearing suits, goggles, and gloves will protect you from the dangerous fumes. You are needed because doctors and nurse have to get rid of their waste somehow. When the bags are taken to the cooker and dropped into the cooker, it kills the germs. Biohazard cookers put their lives on the line everyday to make the world a safer place and the money they get makes up for this risks they take.
8. Hazmat Diver
Estimated Yearly Salary: $38,000

Talk about close contact. You’ll dive right into waste in this disgusting job. You have to take items and makes repairs. It’s a hazardous job but thank god you have a protective suit to wear. You never know what you may find on your dive, but it’s certainly nothing you want to tell your family about. The money makes up for it though as you penetrate sewer pipes, clean up pollution spills, fix pumps at landfills, fix septic tanks, finds dead bodies, and recover objects.
As a hazmat diver you work in different environments doing routine maintenance. You can be wielding a bridge while a strong current surrounding you. It's also possible that you'll be inspecting an oil rig in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Before you can dive, you need to make sure you have the necessary experience and master all diving skills. Vaccinations are a must before entering this dangerous environment. Decontamination is essential for your suit as well as your supplies after a dive in contaminated and polluted water.
9. Hospital Laundry Worker
Estimated Yearly Salary:$30,000

It's bad enough you have to do your own laundry when you get home. You handle sick people’s laundry. Throw up; blood, urine, and gross stains are some of what you see on a daily basis before you toss the laundry into the washer. People may have died on the sheets you’re about to wash, and you’d never know it. It may not seem like a hazardous job, but that's far from the truth. You may even catch a disease and not know it until you become sick.
You wash, dry, and iron clothes, and other hospital fabrics all day. Before you can do this, you have to gather all the items from hospital rooms in a laundry basket. You're also responsible for knowing the right procedures when it comes to the washer and dryer. Some fabrics have to be hung up to dry while other fabrics can go right into the dryer. After the laundry is finished you have to fold the clothes and fabrics. To be a hospital laundry worker you have to at least have a high school diploma and some knowledge of how to do laundr
10. Abattoir Worker
Estimated Yearly Salary: $20,000

The slaughter of animals has become your world. You deal with dead, animal carcasses everyday as you prepare, kill and clean the remains of the animal. Gross! You may even half to remove hair and drain the blood. It’s so much blood and guts to deal with that any first time abattoir may have a nervous stomach. This job is not for the faint of heart.
When the animals are finally cleaned and trimmed to perfection, they are ready to sell upfront. As an abattoir you also work up front, wrap up the meat, and give into to customers. You're responsible for loading the meat onto meat trucks, so they can be shipped out to different butcher shops. To be a good abattoir you need to have great coordination, enjoy manual work, be physically fit, and be aware of your surroundings for your own safety. You'll work 38 hours a week, Monday through Friday, and you'll be on your feet all day. Keep yourself and the area around you clean as an abattoir because bacteria can easily be spread.
11. Barnyard Masturbator
Estimated Yearly Salary: $46,000

You love animals, but this is just too much. You deal with live animals as you stimulate them to extract sperm for different purposes. You will never look at animals the same way again. There’s no doubt how disgusting this job is, but it also can’t be easy for someone who is knew to this job. It just seems wrong to invade an animal’s privacy like that. The money makes it easier.
Nothing could be more awkward for first time barnyard masturbators. You collect sperm for breeding purposes by artificial insemination. You're putting your life at risk because the animals you work with can fight back and do some real damage to you. Take precautions. With a ram you take an electric probe and put it up its backside to stimulate the ram and obtain the sperm. The poor, poor animal!
12. Chicken Sexer
Estimated Yearly Salary: $38,000

You love working with animals but how closely? Is the chick a boy or a girl? Well that’s what you’re about to find out. You turn the chick around to find what makes them a male or female chick. It’s a disgusting job knowing what your hand is coming into contact with. You could also become responsible for separating the chicks wrong if you can’t tell the difference between a male and a female chick.
The female chicks are for eggs while the males provide the meat. You don't want to be wrong in this case because you could very well be fired. To do your job successfully you have to do these two techniques when it comes to determining the sex of the chicks. Feather sexing is first as you determine by their feather the gender of the chicks. Vent sexing is another technique that requires you to squeeze the poop out of the animal, so you can see their intestines as well as their sex organs. Then you send them on their separate ways to their next destinations.
13. Porta Potty Cleaner
Estimated Yearly Salary: $50,000

You certainly never dreamed you'd grow up to be a porta potty cleaner. You’re a brave person to deal with the waste of the porta potty. It is less clean than any bathroom inside your home. Who knows how disgusting the potty will be when you open the door. It’s not only disgusting, but it’s a sight that could scar you for life. If that doesn’t kill you, the smell certainly will.
As a porta potty cleaner you enter the hot, smelly, and nasty environment at your own risk. You take a PVC wand in the tank full of shit and wait for the waste to go into the pump, sucking it all up. You'll get use to the smell eventually as you work at this job. The sweat on your body, the broken toilet dispensers, the crap all over the floor, in the urinal, and the broken toilet seats are frustrations you wish you didn't have to deal with. When you see the porta potties tipped over, you know it will be pure hell to clean. Appreciate what these men and women do everyday because it's just about the grossest job they'll ever do.
14. Odor Judge
Estimated Yearly Salary: $52,000

Who knew you could smell things for a living? You encounter different and unknown smells everyday. This job is great depending on what you smell. Cologne has a great smell, but armpits, breath, feet, kitty litter are just some of the smells you hope to never encounter if you’re lucky. After you smell, you have to rate it on a scale from 1 to 10. You may have to smell disgusting odors, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, money.
The worst smelling job you could ever have is being an latrine odor judge. It's a pretty nasty job. Scientist sacrifice their noses to determine what chemicals are causing the stink. They're making developing countries' toilets a better more sanitary place. No matter what you're smelling, just be glad you have a job because these are some hard times we're living in. You'll stay in this line of work for a long time because it might not always be pleasant, but you make a great living.
15. Fish Monger
Estimated Yearly Salary: $50,000

You love to eat fish but now it’s your job to handle them. You have to catch and sell the fish, so what’s so disgusting about this job? You have to gut the fish with a knife and dispose of the unnecessary scraps in order to sell the fish. The guts may gross you out but the sight of a headless fish isn’t the easiest sight to get out of your head. The smell isn't so easy to forget as well. You make a great living so why complain?
You work in port cities, so you have great access to the fish and ensure that they are fresh to sell. You produce high quality fish, and customers flock to you because of that. You're knowledgeable about your stock because you know where the fish came from, who caught the fish, and the age of the fish. You also offer delectable recipes to your customers, so they know the best way to treat the fish. Your fish is safer then grocery store fish because you keep attention to detail when you're taking care of the fish. Crustaceans and shellfish are just some of the fresh fish you serve to your customers.
16. Noodler
Estimated Yearly Salary: $40,000

Fishing is your passion. You’re an avid catfish fishermen, and you’re looking for a new way to catch them. Worms, guts, and sewage cover your body as you make your way into catfish infested waters. Lower your arms into the water and wait for one to bite. You can make a living doing this! Yes, all your dreams have finally come true.
Wounds are always a possibility as a noodler. Make sure you wear gloves so all the bacteria doesn't travel into your cuts and you become infected. You can also lose your fingers when you're bitten by the catfish. Drowning is another danger you need to be aware of. Your clothes and get caught on roots or a bunch of fish can be so heavy that you get bitten and become wounded 10 to 20 feet under the sea. Catfish may not be the only sea life you encounter in the sea so be careful and aware of your surroundings at all times.
17. Proctologist
Estimated Yearly Salary: $400,000

Helping people is your passion. Is the salary worth all the pain? It sure is when you remind yourself as you stick your hand up peoples’ bums all day. Can you say, traumatic? You’ll never be the same again, but you’ll have your money to keep you warm at night. Of course the occasional nightmare is possible but you’re saving people’s lives at the end of the day.
You find diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus. You work with urologists as well as obstetrician to deal with the issues of the male and female human body. Fecal incontinence, fistulas, and hemorrhoids are just some of the conditions you deal with on a daily basis. You also perform surgeries, often noninvasive, to help your patients get back to a normal life. You provide quality care to your patients and make them feel comfortable as possible as you deal with their condition quickly and efficiently. To become a proctologist you need science and math classes in biology and anatomy, medical school, and a surgery residency to learn all about this job.
18. Urologist
Estimated Yearly Salary: $448,000

People's health is the most important thing to you. This doctor deals with the front end of their patients. The urinary tracts of men and women are explored everyday. Sure it’s an uncomfortable and invasive but it’s painful for both doctor and patient alike. It may be a disgusting job, but you’re helping people keep their body healthy. The money isn't bad either.
To be a urologist you need to have knowledge of internal medicine, pediatrics, and gynecology. You have graduated from medical school as well as completed an ACGME program for 5 years with 1 year in surgery, 3 years in clinical urology, and 6 months in general surgery or urology. Your last year of training will be as a senior/chief resident in urology while being observed. When you have completed graduate school, you may also become a part of the American Board of Urology by passing your examinations. As a urologist you treat kidney stones, prostatitis, interstitial cystitis, and so many more conditions. Saving lives is what matters most.
19. Police Officer
Estimated Yearly Salary: $70,000

You want to clean up the mean streets of your neighborhood. You have no idea how mean they can be when you're first starting out. There’s no denying you will see some disturbing things out on the job. With a badge, company car, and a weapon, you own the streets and you have the power to impact people’s lives on a daily basis. Cavity searches are a gross part of your job that happens regularly. Who knows how hygienic your suspect may be?
As a police officer you apprehend the criminals and prevent crime from occurring. You're sworn into oath, and you have the power to arrest as well as detain criminals for a certain amount of time. You may also be trained in counter-terrorism, surveillance, child protection, civil law enforcement, and so much more. You investigate crimes like fraud, rape, murder, and drug trafficking. You're keeping the peace and protecting people from harm within the law. You also have rules and guidelines that you must follow in order to do your job to the best of your ability.
20. Pathologist
Estimated Yearly Salary: $250,000

You'd rather deal with dead bodies then the living ones you see on a daily basis. You have to deal with dead bodies all day. Who knows what disgusting things you’ll find upon inspecting the body? It’s an invasive job and if you’re just starting out, have a bucket on standby because it’s going to be a long, long day. At least the body doesn’t talk back to you. The money is a great bonus as well.
Obviously you need a medical degree and another 3 to 4 years in order to become board certified. You study the blood, fluid, and tissues of the human body in order to make a diagnosis of many different illnesses. You can specialize in anatomical pathology and clinical pathology. As a anatomical pathologist you watch over the labs as well as the workers and even the equipment. As a clinical pathologist you practice in one or more specialties like surgical pathology, cytopathology pathology, molecular pathology, or forensic pathology. You may also specialize in performing autopsies, which determine how the person died to help doctors as well as investigators.

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