10 of the scariest jobs in America
A safe, non-creepy work environment doesn't seem like that much to ask of an employer. However, there are some occupations that simply lend themselves to danger and creepiness. Who are the workers going in to work and facing the perilous and the spooky on a daily basis? Here are 10 of the scariest jobs in modern America:
Why it's scary: Most people try to avoid close contact with mankind's most dangerous infectious diseases. Epidemiologists – particularly field epidemiologists – prefer to get up close and personal.
2016 jobs*: 5,719
Avg. hourly earnings: $36.20
Forensic science technicians
Why it's scary: You may enjoy shows where the protagonists analyze crime scenes to solve the case, but to actually deal with the potentially gross or disturbing remnants of a violent criminal act day in, day out – that takes guts.
2016 jobs: 14,918
Avg. hourly earnings: $29.08
Detectives and criminal investigators
Why it's scary: Finding clues and solving puzzles can be a lot of fun, which is why it's easy to forget that criminal investigators are often trying to track down and confront real life dangerous criminals.
2016 jobs: 112,329
Avg. hourly earnings: $38.79
Why it's scary: The security guard is always the first one to go in a horror movie. Most of the time they don't even get a name. They're just "frightened security guard," that's how fast they meet their end.
2016 jobs: 1,191,086
Avg. hourly earnings: $13.89
Why it's scary: Training dangerous animals is, well, dangerous. No matter how well trained an animal is, or how strong a bond between trainer and animal, there's still always the threat of the animal going full beast-mode.
2016 jobs: 33,383
Avg. hourly earnings: $13.84
Why it's scary: Vampires, zombies, ghosts – there's a reason so many of our classic monsters involve the undead. So working with dead bodies? That is a prime monster-meeting position.
2016 jobs: 3,853
Avg. hourly earnings: $19.29
Hazardous materials removal workers
Why it's scary: If comic books are to be believed, hazardous materials have a tendency to give one super powers. Unfortunately, in this case, comic books are not to be believed, as hazardous materials are vastly more likely to cause the human body tremendous harm.
2016 jobs: 44,134
Avg. hourly earnings: $21.14
Mine cutting and channeling machine operators
Why it's scary: Dark, cramped and deep underground. Not only is there the threat of a mine collapse, but there's also crazy weird creatures that live down there. We've seen the Caves episode of Planet Earth.
2016 jobs: 5,935
Avg. hourly earnings: $24.50
Radio, cellular, and tower equipment installers and repairs
Why it's scary: If you're even a little afraid of heights, this kind of job should give you chills. Those towers often don't even look that sturdy from a distance – imagine hearing them creak in the wind while strapped to it's side, 200 feet off the ground.
2016 jobs: 15,143
Avg. hourly earnings $25.23
Why it's scary: Public speaking, matched with intense media scrutiny, along with high stakes decisions and a bunch of coworkers who you constantly argue with? Yeah, no thanks.
2016 jobs: 56,874
Avg. hourly earnings: $20.72
*Jobs and hourly earnings data provided by Emsi.