Behold common mortals, it is the season for all things spooky. Although if you’re a forensic entomologist, arachnologist, or an embalmer, it doesn’t end at Halloween but lasts all year round.
You won’t find these jobs on many recruitment agencies websites or job search websites for that matter.
Have a look at our top 10 scary, creepy and downright revolting occupations, based on our picks.
With a one of the highest fatality rate this is one of the most dangerous jobs in the UK. Deep-sea fishermen who work offshore cannot hide from the fact that their safety at work is massively impacted by the weather. Rough seas, icy water, rain and the wind increase the chances of slip, trip and fall accidents on fishing vessels.
That’s the reason why the majority of the deaths are caused by drowning or hypothermia. Also, keep in mind, this isn’t accounting for the large number of injuries that often cripple fishermen.
2. Shocking Stunt Performer
Setting themselves on fire, jumping off a bridge and onto the roof of a moving train, even flinging themselves out of planes – life as a stunt performer is pretty dangerous. Sure, caution is taken to make these stunts as safe as possible, but that doesn’t mean that the job is risk free. On the other hand, there’s never a dull day at the office.
3. Eerie Steeplejack
In essence, steeplejacks climb to the very top of the highest buildings to carry out inspections and restoration work. They’re found working on a whole range of structures, from church spires, clock towers and high-rise building, to industrial chimneys, suspension bridges and airport control towers. It is not your typical 9–to-5 job. You’ll have to be a tough cookie as you will be working outdoors in all weather conditions.
4. Ghoulish Forensic Entomologist
Forensic entomology combines three things that make many people squirm: bugs, death and blood. Professionals in this field apply the study of insects to crimes, particularly to help determine the time a person died, and it ultimately helps police begin to build a case file.
5. Petrifying Arachnologist
Arachnologist is an expert in spiders, scorpions, ticks and all their shapes, sizes and varieties. The ‘spider-man’ studies their biology, behaviour and effect on the ecosystem, and determines if they can be used to control the crop-threatening insect populations on which they dine.
It goes without saying that anyone who’s even remotely squeamish about the eight-legged creepy crawlies is not advised to pursue a career in this field.
6. Mummifying Embalmer
Embalmer prepares bodies for burial. Most of us won’t see a dead man too often, and on the rare occasion when we do; it will be at a memorial service. On the other hand, embalmers hang around the deceased all day and that’s why this occupation is perceived as creepy by wide swaths of the population. Part of their job description includes washing and sterilising the body, dressing them immaculately and restoring them to a lifelike appearance.
7. Creepy Animal Slaughterer
Working with the dearly departed is one thing – it’s another to be the one doing the departing. These brave workers kill the animals, clean the carcasses, and pack the meat for shipping and distribution. On the bright side, there are no educational requirements for this profession and training will be provided on-the-job. Unfortunately, career progression is limited.
8. Fearless Bomb Disposal Specialist
Thanatophobia; the fear of death is shared to some degree by almost everyone except if you have this job. Having a smashing day, has a different meaning when you’re a bomb disposal specialist. While Police Departments are increasingly employing robots for bomb disposal, there are still plenty of instances where human Bomb Disposal Specialists are needed to determine whether it’s the red wire or the blue wire.
Bomb disposal officers are responsible for deactivating and analysing explosives in order to ensure the safety of a threatened area. As well as contending with exhaustion, heavy equipment, searing heat and post-traumatic stress, operators put immense pressure on their families.
9. Wicked Bush Pilot
Being a bush pilot takes a certain breed of person. They are flying into remote areas in the middle of nowhere such as the East African prairie, Alaskan mountains and rural Siberian forest. If you’re hopping on a single-engine plane headed to a far-off region, buckle your seat belt and get ready to land on a natural runway – think lake, glacier or even a dirt strip. It’s a crazy job where accidents are frequent, but there’s nothing in life quite like a bird’s eye view of the Earth.
10. Hair-Raising Field Epidemiologist
Where were you when Ebola broke out? If you were a field epidemiologist you would have been working in ‘Hot Zones’ and preventing outbreaks from turning into full-on epidemics. Protected by little more than a hazmat suit, this tongue-twisting professional gets up close and personal with germs, blood, needles and dead bodies on a daily basis. Needless to say, they are constantly at a risk of contracting a deadly disease themselves.
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