5 High-Paying Jobs that Nobody Really Wants

by Staff Writer

From the grotesque to the dangerous, there are some jobs that just don't sound like appealing directions to take in life. Yet, what if those same jobs made double or triple the salary of your current job? Some of the world's worst jobs come with an enticing paycheck that give us cause to take a second glance. Indeed, it can be the unsavory nature of these jobs that cause them to boast such high salaries. Some of the jobs that pay so well don't even require a college degree — just a little ingenuity and a willingness to do the dirty work. Take a look at these five bizarrely lucrative jobs to see if you could muster the courage to make one of them your career.

  1. Crime Scene Cleanup

    In a city with a high crime density, a crime scene cleaner can make up to six figures in annual income without any kind of formal education. The catch is that crime scene cleaners spend their careers in hazmat suits cleaning up murder scenes and meth labs. The job requires a strong stomach, as part of your day could entail scrubbing blood off the walls or removing pieces of human flesh from the rug (after the crime scene investigators have taken away the larger portions of the body, that is). While dismantling the meth lab in the basement of an abandoned home, you face the risk of handling poisonous chemicals or, god forbid, even anthrax.

  2. Mine Manager

    The average salary of a mine manager is $115,995, according to PayScale. but those willing to work in such a profession deserve to be compensated handsomely to make up for the added occupational hazards. These can include inhalation of toxic dusts, suffocating, gaseous explosions, and of course, the possibility that the coal mine could collapse and kill or trap you inside it's caverns. With around thirty deaths per year in the American mining industry, this job can be difficult to chew. Should you decide to be a miner in a less developed country, you still face the poor conditions that could lead to the contraction of black lung and other now less common respiratory illnesses.

  3. Port-a-Potty Business

    It may not be common to most porta potty businesses, but Eliza Kendall owns an "upscale" porta potty business that rakes in an astounding $100,000 to $120,000 annually. In her business plan, she devised ways to class up the loo with motion sensor lighting and air fresheners. Her porta potties are featured at high-end parties and weddings, giving guests an alternative to the typical construction site toilet of the past. However, no matter which way you spin it, the business of outhouses just isn't a glamorous job. As long as it's a poorly ventilated portable restroom used by multiple people with no means of flushing, it's equally gross as it's lower-cost predecessors.

  4. Podiatrist

    It's one thing to be handling well-manicured feet at the nail salon. It's quite another to be a podiatrist, who commonly treats feet riddled with bunions, ulcers, and ingrown toenails. If the presence of pus on toes makes you squirm, the podiatrist position isn't for you. However, an experienced podiatrist earns an average of $174,469 per year, according to Salary.com. Another negative aspect to this job is that it can be difficult to get into, with some of the highest loan default rates in medicine.

  5. Alaskan Crab Fisherman

    In an eight-week period, an Alaskan crab fisherman can expect to earn about $50,000 in catchings. But, just as The Deadliest Catch portrays, this job is wrought with danger. The conditions that exist out in the Arctic Ocean present taxing problems. Sub-zero temperatures, 20-hour days, and rough waters can and do push the fishermen to the brink of what their body can handle. Several typically perish in a year, from exhaustion or tumbling overboard. Limbs can be broken and bodies can get tangled in the ropes thrown across the slick deck. In winter, the sea is unkind, even to the men whose livelihoods depend on it.


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