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The 10 Most Terrifying Jobs in the World – A Halloween Spooktacular!

By Anthony Hughes | Oct 30, 2015 | Friday Funnies

Do you believe in ghosts?

In honour of All Hallows’ Eve this Saturday, we’ve got a special Spooktacular just for you…

We’ve found the top 10 most terrifying, creepy and disturbing jobs, guaranteed to make your skin crawl and your blood curdle… Mwahahaha!! 

Press play to get your spook on while you read!

Continue… if you dare!

1. The Forensic Entomologist

silk wormsWorking with dead bodies isn’t everyone’s cup of tea…

But how about the poor souls who have to work with creepy crawly-infested dead bodies?

Forensic entomologists specifically investigate the maggots, flies and other bugs that make their homes in the bodies of murder victims.

Interested? Think this might be the career path for you? Click here for more info.

2. The Snake Milker

snake biting a presenterSomewhat of a legend, Jim Harrison, owner and director of Kentucky Reptile Zoo, spends his days milking snakes of their venom – for free.

Terrifyingly, he admits that he’s forgotten how many times he’s been bitten, but has been ‘envenomed’ nine times…

…Oh and he’s been on life support 4 times.

This job is dangerous, terrifying and perfect for a reptile-loving adrenaline junkie. Check out the full story here.

3. The Slaughterman

woman with caption - eating meat is a by-product of murderNext time your chowing down on your beef burger or bacon spare a thought for the unfortunate slaughterer.

Imagine spending your days killing animals? That’s got to take it’s toll.

Or perhaps I’m just being a wimp?

It’s a messy, horrible job, but someone’s got to do it.

In fact, there are a few vacancies being advertised on Indeed right now.

4. The Crime Scene Cleaner

woman cleaningEver wondered what happens when the crime scene investigators have completed their investigation?

You can’t just leave all that mess behind…

That’s where the crime scene cleaners come in.

Not only is this a pretty messy and unpleasant job, but it’s also pretty dangerous… with a constant contamination threat from diseases like Hepatitis.

Check out this fascinating article to find out more about the Daily Life Of A Crime Scene Cleaner.

5. The Rodeo Clown

rodeo clown terrifying jobsSeriously, rodeo clowns definitely don’t get enough credit for what they do.

It’s their job to step in if a bull-riding competitor falls off and faces immediate danger.

How do they do this? By clowning around and distracting a 2,000 to 4,000 pound, pissed off bull.

I think I’ll just leave that to sink in… read more here.

6. The Smokejumper

a fireman with flames behind him

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So, firefighting is obviously ridiculously dangerous… and to be fair, it definitely has it’s place in our top 10.

But have you ever heard about smokejumpers? Highly trained firefighters who parachute into remote areas of wildland to fight wild fires?

Plummeting into the unknown, these lot are absolute heroes.

Check out their Association website to see some amazing photos and read some amazing stories.

7. The Bomb Squad Technician

a man pulling on a few bombs in Hurt LockerHave you ever watched The Hurt Locker?

It’s a great film that shows the dangerously heroic deeds of bomb squad technicians… putting themselves in life-threatening situations, to save other people.

To pull off the job you need to be technical and level-headed and you REALLY need to be able to keep your cool in slightly stressful situations…

Sound like you? Find out more here.

8. The High-Rise Window Washer

If you don’t like heights, don’t watch this video…

Warning: this job is seriously not a job for the faint-hearted.

9. The Clinical Trial Volunteer

doctor squirting some liquid out of a syringeOften, people see clinical trials as a quick and easy way to make money… which is fine and it’s usually for a great cause.

However, mistakes happen.

In 2006, six ‘healthy young men‘ had a serious reaction to an anti-inflammatory drug they were testing.

According to BBC News, the affected men described “feeling like their brains were on fire and their eyeballs were going to pop out” and the worst affected lost his fingers and toes.

Pretty terrifying. Is it really worth the risk?

10. The Ghost Hunter

the ghost from ghostbusters eating loads of foodDo you believe in ghosts?

Well, there are (apparently) many people that do. Enter the “ghost hunters” of the world.

It’s a dangerous job, but not necessarily because of the ghouls and goblins…

This article, written by a real-life ghost hunter, reveals some of the dangers.

  • People think you’re money-grabbing.
  • Psychics are mediums are often just a little bit kooky.
  • Strange people like to pretend they’re being haunted, to mess with you.
  • You’re constantly being scammed.
  • You have to go to bloody dangerous places like for example, a meth lab.

And then of course, YOU believe in ghosts. So you’re bound to be a little bit scared when things go bump in the night!

Look – whether you believe in the paranormal or not, getting a middle-of-the-night phone call from a client who claims to be chatting with the Victorian dead girl from next door would be bloody terrifying.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween!

Could (or would) you do ANY of the above jobs? I certainly couldn’t!

Recruiter Pro Tip

Every job can be scary…

You might find hitting sales targets terrifying, putting on presentations petrifying or talking on the phone bloodcurdling… that’s why it’s important to go into your career with your eyes wide open.

Ask questions, do your research, and strive to find a job that you love (rather than one that you hate).

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Happy Halloween!

- Anthony Hughes

Anthony Hughes

Anthony is a recruitment veteran of 18 years and is also one of the original founders of Coburg Banks. He now trains recruitment consultants on the best methods to utilise when sourcing and assessing applicants for their clients. 


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