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Dirty Jobs That Pay Well
Median annual salary*: $73,621
Puppies and kittens are cute, but their bodily fluids? Not so much. Veterinarians diagnose and treat the dysfunctions and diseases of animals, but registered veterinary technician at Northwest Veterinary Hospital in Seattle, sometimes working with animals can seem like a "flash flood of poop."
2. Waste Management Engineer
Median annual salary: $67,249
Waste is a thankfully nondescript way to refer to the materials that waste disposal managers have to think about and deal with every day. Whether it be garbage, hazardous substances or human waste, these brave individuals must devise ways to dispose of that waste or reduce its volume.
3. Trauma Surgeon
Median annual salary: $273,160
Trauma surgeons are exposed to plenty of blood and guts, while treating patients who have been critically injured, wouldn't use the word "gross" to describe this job.
Median annual salary: $52,072
Death is a fact of life, but for people in this field, it's also an integral part of every workday. Coroners investigate death to determine cause. They perform autopsies, conduct interviews, conduct pathological and toxicological analyses, and investigate circumstances of death. They may also testify at hearings and trials.
5. Certified Nurse Midwife
Median annual salary: $81,015
Babies are beautiful, but birth is another story. The sight of a baby emerging from its mother's womb is both awe-inspiring and, let's face it, a little gross. With home births on the rise, midwives, who oversee prenatal care as well as assist mothers with delivery, are in higher demand.
Median annual salary: $118,665
For podiatrists, dealing with diseases and deformities of the foot is no sweat, but if feet gross you out or if you suffer from podophobia (the fear of feet), this job could give you the heebie jeebies.
7. Oil Drill Worker
Median annual salary: $55,806
With gas prices on the rise in the U.S., oil is certainly a booming industry. But, working in the oil fields can be a dirty, and sometimes dangerous, job. Drillers set up or operate a variety of drills to remove petroleum products from the earth and to find and remove core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration.
Median annual salary: $239,622
Performing colonoscopies might not be your cup of tea, but for some, it's a living. "It just seemed really unappealing,"
"help people with a wide variety of intestinal and digestive issues that are actually quite interesting and challenging,"
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