Halloween is here and ghosts and goblins are preparing for a night of scary festivities. But what if you had to face fear every day at work?
“Some jobs require you to overcome a phobia to succeed,” says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com. “If you are unable to overcome a fear of heights, confined spaces or the dark, the job of a miner or transmission tower worker is not for you.”
CareerCast published their list of frighteningly creepy jobs, but we weren’t satisfied with the results, so we decided to take their list and scare up some more information for you.
Let’s get the fear rolling …
Fan of The Walking Dead? Well these corpses won’t bite you but cutting up the dead to find out why they died is not for the faint of heart.
Education: It varies depending upon what state you live in. But be prepared for many years in college, including medical school and years of on-the-job training.
Salary: Depending on location the salary averages around $50,000 per year but can be as much as $200,000.
2. Hazardous Material Technician
Don’t mind the nuclear or medical waste up to your ankles, it’s part of the job. You’re not a typical maid cleaning up a simple mess – this stuff will kill you if you don’t don the proper suit.
Education: This job requires strict training either by a school or employer.
Salary: Depending on where you work and the type of work, average salary is around $42,000 a year.
One word – snakes. Slithering and sometimes poisonous. But it doesn’t stop there; you’ll also be studying other reptiles (see man-eating crocodiles) and amphibians.
Education: Bachelor’s degree concentrating on biology and a Masters or Doctor’s degree in herpetology.
Salary: Average salary is around $41,000
Don’t like the dark, or perhaps you’re a bit claustrophobic? Working a couple hundred feet underground in a tight, dark space will freak you out.
Education: In general, a high school diploma and training courses.
Salary: Wages vary depending on the state you work in and the nature of your job, but the average is around $60,000.
5. Transmission Tower Worker
That’s one hell of a fall … If you don’t like heights don’t look down because you may be climbing up to 1,500 feet.
Education: Usually a high school diploma and some serious training.
Salary: Average pay is around $45,000 depending upon position.
6. Medical Laboratory Technologist
Analyse blood, urine, stool and other fluids – that’s your job. It might make you want to stare at a computer all day.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science usually and, certification from an accredited training program.
Salary: Usually in the area of $40,000.
7. Forensic Scientist Technician
CSI TV shows – real cool stuff. How about reality: blood, guts, severed limbs, decapitation, bullet holes in the head. You get picture.
Education: A bachelor degree in forensic science
Salary: In the $50,000 range
Don’t like be alone? How about being submerged in the ocean and not knowing what is coming to get you …
Education: Proper training and certification.
Salary: Commercial divers range from $40,000 to $60,000
9. Elasmobranchologist (Marine Biologist)
Shark! Yes, people are passionate about sharks. The theme song of Jaws is playing now – and that diver at #8 is freaking out.
Education: Bachelor’s in Marine Biology and perhaps a Masters or PhD
Salary: Depending on education and experience – average around $57,000
Spider’s people — working with creepy, nasty and sometimes to-eager-to-bite creatures (scorpions!). And some get big.
Education: Bachelor’s in Biology, Masters in Zoology maybe a PhD in Zoology.
Salary: In the range of $57,000
So what are you waiting for, get creeped-out on the job.