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Good Paying Jobs Nobody Wants

Updated on June 2, 2014

Whether a job is dangerous, disgusting or some combination of the two, it still needs to be done. None of these job not are glamorous, they will not bring you recognition, but they are steady work. If you are looking for a job or want something different and can handle adverse working conditions, you may consider applying for one of these.

Everyone is looking for a job, but there are no jobs to be had, or so it seems. In some areas this is true but in others there are still opportunities out there. Some people are looking for jobs in the fields they trained in, others have reached the point of trying to find work anywhere. Either way there is a lot of competition in the job market these days. If you are willing and able to do a job no one else can or won't, your options open up some. Every area is different, pay varies with your location and some jobs are not available in different cities. Here are a handful of good paying jobs nobody wants, don't know about or can't handle. Who knows mabey you will find a new career.

Crime Scene Cleanup

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, classifies this as hazardous materials removal. This classification covers a range of occupations with a median pay of $37,590 a year or $18 an hour. The lowest paid in this field made $25,000 a year while the highest made over $66,000 a year.

Crime scene cleanup is not for everyone. The highly emotional, deeply empathic and the squeamish should avoid this field. Cleaning up bodily fluids and parts while dealing with a grieving family may be difficult to deal with. Discretion is often required, due to the personal nature of the job and ongoing investigations. For obvious reasons this is a job that most people don't want to do.


The BLS states embalmers make a median annual income of $42,000 a year at $20.00 an hour. The lowest income at $20,000 a year and the highest at $60,000.

While embalmers do not need to deal with a grieving family, they do need to be able to deal with the dead. Most people don't consider this as a career for this reason. Most embalmers work for funeral homes, though some do work in hospitals. In hospitals, those in this profession prepare bodies for medical students. Training is required in this field, but for the most part, degrees are not. Check laws in your area to find out the requirements for this field.

Commercial Truck Drivers

The BLS reports that commercial truck drivers make a median income of $38,000, about $18 an hour.

Acquiring a CDL license is required for this job, though many companies will pay for your training. If you go this route you will need to sign a contract to work for the company for a set amount of years after graduation. With experience and a good driving record pay will increase. Long haul drivers will spend days and even weeks away from home. The trade off is you can live in your truck full time. This job is not without risks, poor diet coupled with lack of exercise and constant driving leads to a lower life expectancy.

Communications Tower Maintenance and Installation

The BLS reports this job pays a median of $48,000 a year, with an average hourly wage of $23.67. The lowest pay is $26,000 a year and the highest is $73,000 a year.

Communication tower maintenance and installation is not a job for the feint of heart. Even those who do not usually have a fear of heights may find this job daunting. These towers can range in height from 30 to 1000 feet. There are no safety nets, workers put on a harness, attach it to the tower and climb. Once they are done they climb back down. As a person with a fear of heights, I can honestly say I would never consider taking this job.

Septic Tank/Sewer Pipe Servicer

The BLS reports that the mean annual wage is $36,000 a year, $17 an hour. The lowest is $21,000 a year and the highest is $56,000 a year.

To say that this is a disgusting job would be an understatement. This job requires a very strong stomach, and most likely the ability to bully yourself into staying put. It may not be as bad as it used to be, but when there is a clog or some other problem someone needs to climb in and fix it. Just the thought of doing this job has me feeling queasy. I know I could not handle this job unless gas masks and bio hazard suits were supplied.

Would you ever consider one of these jobs?

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I'll be honest, I could only do two of these jobs, the others I am in no way suited for. The question though, is whether or not one of these career paths is right for you. If you find you can handle one or more of these and are interested, go for it. There is currently a demand for people in these fields, why not profit on what you can do and others can not. With an economy doing as bad as ours is, and jobs in high demand, you may insure your continued employment.

© 2014 Katrina


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    • Katrina Speights profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Texas

      Driving a big truck also requires a bit of training. A lot of companies are willing to pay for it though if you sign a contract with them.

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      Michelle Scoggins 

      4 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Hi Katrina, very nice article. I don't know if I would like any of those jobs but they sure make it worthwhile as the pay is descent. Probably the embalmer is the only one that would require some education so with that said, not too bad :). Voted up.

    • Katrina Speights profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Texas

      I may be able to work at a funeral home, but I'm not sure about any of the others. I have a horrible fear of heights and have trouble changing my nephews diapers. As for the clean up, I think it would break my heart constantly.

    • Katrina Speights profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Texas

      spartucucjones, I agree, some of these jobs should pay better. At the same time, I'm not sure it would help for some.

    • Jeannieinabottle profile image

      Jeannie InABottle 

      4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Maybe I need to be a little less squeamish and get myself one of these jobs. Actually, I know a person that works in a funeral home with the dead bodies. He was having problems finding a decent job and his mother met a mortician and recommended it to him. Turns out, he is actually good at doing the job and thankful for that career advice. I guess you never know!

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      CJ Baker 

      4 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Septic tank servicer, that job stinks, both literally and figuratively! Enjoyable read. Some of these jobs should really pay more to attract more people to them, because the only motivation I can see for doing these jobs would be for the money. Thanks for posting, it was an enjoyable read.

    • Katrina Speights profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, I agree, the jobs aren't flashy. I couldn't do most of them myself but if I needed the income I would give a couple a try.

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      Romeos Quill 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      These occupations seem quite well paid; perhaps it is the stigma of the job title, anti-social hours or the lack of kudos associated with said position which makes it less enticing for a potential new jobseeker. An interesting and useful article. Thanks for the info.


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