In tough economic times, many people begin looking around for just about anything they can do to earn a living. Sometimes, though, this means taking a really gross job. Would you do any of these 5 jobs to make ends meet?
1. Animal Inseminator
Cows, turkeys, pigs and other animals are regularly artificially inseminated. Can you imagine what it would be like to wash that smell off? And what about explaining what you do? Do you really want to shake someone’s hand and then have that person find out where it was five hours earlier? It can be fiddly work as well, since you have to keep track of your success. According to SalaryExpert, though, you can make, on average, between $20,000 and more than $30,000 a year artificially inseminating some animals.
2. Portable Toilet Cleaner
Are there any bathrooms on the planet more disgusting than portable toilets? Someone has to clean them. The contents have to be removed, and the insides need to be wiped down. Luckily, the actual removal of the waste is done by manning a pump on a truck. But’s it’s still nasty. But, you can earn up to $47,000 a year as a portable toilet cleaner.
3. Fat Build Up Cleaner
In the sewers beneath London, fat builds up. When you think about it, it makes sense. How many millions have lived above London over the centuries, excreting into the sewers, and doing who knows what else. Fat buildup in the sewers can actually lead to clogs, so someone has to clear it out. It’s not a fun job, but it does pay, and it doesn’t require a lot of training.
4. Sewer Inspector
If you have more than a high school education, according to I Retire Early, you can actually make more than $60,000 a year as a sewer inspector. Of course, you do have to get down into the sewer and slog through whatever happens to be down there. It’s a thankless job, but someone’s got to do it. And it’s important for helping to keep our water and streets from becoming contaminated.
5. Lift Pump Remover
Notice how some of the worst jobs have to do with human waste? Well, when waste goes to the treatment plant, it goes through a lift pump. This device can be as many as five stories high. When something goes wrong, the entire lift pump fills with waste. Someone (wearing a full body suit and a breathing mask) has to swim through all of that to release the malfunctioning pump and empty out. Ick. According to LiveCareer.com, though, you can actually make as much as $63,000 a year doing this.
When your back is against the wall, you might not have the luxury of being picky about what work you do. It’s very possible that you have to take a job you don’t like. And, while swimming around in human waste, or sticking syringes up a cow’s behind might not be your idea of a great career move, you are likely to make more doing these jobs than flipping burgers.
Is there any job you absolutely would not do — no matter how much you needed the money?