Unfortunately, there are far too many people in the world who don’t exactly look forward to going to work every day. But, hey, you’ve got to keep food on the table. For lots of people, showing up for a job is just a necessary part of life. Some of these people even do their jobs really well, and are awarded significantly, but there’s always a void inside, since these individuals are never able to do the work they love.
Then, of course, there are the people who have worse jobs than the people who complain about their jobs. You know, the jobs that require people to pick up human waste or scrape dead animals off the road. Some people’s jobs are downright disgusting, and there’s no way around it. Luckily for the rest of society, there are some individuals who don’t mind doing what it takes to keep the environment, roads and local neighborhoods functioning well. There are some jobs that you may not think of often, but they are necessary for us to enjoy certain comforts of life, and they happen to be pretty revolting. Here are 12 of the grossest jobs you could possibly have.
12. Maggot Farmer
There’s actually a job that requires people to farm maggots. Those gross little pests you try your best to stay away from are the very things that make maggot farmers money. The stench in the working environment is so bad that maggot farmers have to take three showers every day, just so they won’t offend anyone who comes within a few feet. The maggots are raised for agricultural purposes, and can help to keep certain crops healthy, since the animals that eat maggots can also keep other pests from ruining the crops. Maggot farmers also sell their product to fishermen who use the maggots as bait. It’s a pretty gross job, but it’s actually a pretty lucrative profession.
11. Chicken Sexer
Yes, you read that right. A chicken sexer’s job is to determine the gender of a chicken as early in the animal’s life as possible. Once the chicken’s sex is known, farmers can start raising the birds accordingly. For instance, female chickens have to follow a different diet than males in order to lay healthy eggs. While this may not seem like too bad of a job, just wait until you hear how chicken sexers “work.” They have to squeeze excrement from the chicken and open the bird’s anus. If there’s a small bump inside, this means the chicken is male. We sure hope those paychecks are worth it.
If you’ve ever gotten a facial or special skin treatments like a microdermabrasion, you’ve most likely visited an esthetician. The job seems kind of glamorous, since celebrities have favorite estheticians to give them a glowing complexion on the red carpet or for photo shoots. But when you really think about it, this person’s job is to extract oil, dirt, and puss from your face. Gross. Sure, you walk out of there with better looking skin, but someone else had to look at your pores under very harsh light and remove bacteria from your body. It’s not the nastiest job in the world, but it’s still pretty gross, especially for estheticians who encounter people with major skin issues.
9. Slaughterhouse Employee
As a slaughterhouse worker, you’d be responsible for killing lots of animals in a short amount of time. If that’s not disgusting enough, you’d also have to dismember the animals, take out certain organs, and prepare the meat for packaging. The smell alone in a slaughterhouse would likely be enough to turn most people away. Obviously though, there are some people who have the stomach for it. The site of animal carcasses hanging overhead doesn’t bother some people, but seeing the conditions of certain slaughterhouses has been the reason many people have converted to vegetarianism. Some people who aren’t completely ready to be meat-free have also resorted to getting their meat from farms where the animals are slaughtered in a humane fashion.
8. Fart Statistician
Unless you’re in middle school, you probably don’t think the idea of being a professional fart analyst sounds cool. However, there are some people who are mature enough to handle the job. These are the individuals who provide you with statistics like “the average person farts 13.6 times a day.” Did you care to know that? Probably not. However, fart statisticians analyze the reasons why people’s farts may be less or more than this. The information is sometimes used in medical journals and to compose informative articles for people who may be concerned about their intestinal health. We don’t even want to think about all the ways fart statisticians have to gather their data.
Speaking of farts, there’s also a medical professional in which doctors explore all things dealing with the anus. This type of doctor is a proctologist, and most people dread making an appointment with this physician. Yes, the anus is part of the body, and yes, there are specific health ailments that affect this region of the anatomy. However, that doesn’t make it any less gross. If it’s difficult for you to have regular bowel movements, you may want to talk to your proctologist. If you think you may have hemorrhoids, or if your hemorrhoids have returned, it’s your proctologist’s job to come up with a treatment plan for you. You get the picture. The job of a proctologist is very necessary—but very gross.
6. Guano Collector
Guano actually means “bat poop,” but can also refer to bird poop. We’re sure you can already tell that this job is very disgusting. The waste from these animals is a very effective fertilizer in many parts of the world. In some regions of the world, guano is considered a delicacy. The substance is most often found in caves, so guano collectors have to be specially trained to do their jobs effectively. Yes, there are professional bat and bird poop collectors. Makes you wonder where the guano collectors are when a bird poops on your car or your shoes when you’re just trying to get to work on time.
5. Portable Toilet Cleaner
This has got to be one of the most disgusting jobs ever, but someone’s got to do it. After all, we’re glad there are people who are willing to clean the portable toilets at construction sites or public events. These workers have a vacuum and a few other cleaning supplies, and they are brave enough to go into those port-o-potties and make them safer for us all. Most portable toilet cleaners make a decent living (about $50,000 a year). While some would argue that the job is worth much more, some people would gladly give up their current jobs to get into the world of toilet cleaning for a while.
4. Roadkill Remover
You may have never seen them before, but there are people whose job it is to scrape the roadkill off the road. That’s right. Some people wake up each day, knowing that at some point during that day, they’re going to have to literally scrape a dead animal off the asphalt. Simply imagining this is enough to make most people cringe. But again, somebody’s got to keep the streets clean by properly disposing of the animals we (accidentally) run over. After all, sometimes getting the animal off the road isn’t that bad if the vultures haven’t gotten to the creature first.
3. Armpit Sniffers
Most people barely want to sniff their own armpits, let alone let someone else get close enough to do it. However, when deodorant companies want to make sure that their products are working, they hire professional sniffers. These are the people who give the armpits of testing subjects a good sniff at the end of a specific time period. After all, deodorant companies can’t claim that their products lasts all day if they haven’t tested it. Of course, this job can also get pretty awkward for the armpit sniffer, since he/she never quite knows what types of smells lurk underneath the random armpits that come into the lab.
This job is both gross and creepy. It is an embalmer’s job to clean dead bodies and make sure they don’t give off a putrid odor. Friends and loved ones will likely gather to pay their last respects to the deceased, and the embalmer makes sure that offensive odors don’t make the funeral services even more difficult. The embalmer scrubs the body and applies disinfectant to the skin. Then, he/she injects the deceased with a solution that will keep the internal organs preserved before the burial. It’s also the embalmer’s job to make sure the person is actually dead before starting the job. This is not for the squeamish—or the faint of heart.
1. Vomit Collector
If the sight of people throwing up doesn’t make you want to throw up, you may be cut out to be a vomit collector. Yes, it’s a real job. You know how people throw up while they’re on roller coasters? Well, someone has to be there to clean up all that “recycled” amusement park fare, so the grounds will stay clean and presentable. Vomit collectors are also known as specialized janitors, and have the right detergents and tools to clean up vomit before the next group of scared or excited roller coaster enthusiasts create a new batch of “work” to tend to.