Top 10 Most Unfortunate Jobs [Video]

Unfortunate Jobs No job is perfect, but there's no question that some are worse than others. The next time you're hating on yours because the boss sent you a snarky e-mail, or you didn't get the raise you asked for, take comfort in the fact that it doesn't involve cleaning out other people's earwax or handling animal dung with your hands (unless of course it does). Read through this list of the top 10 most unfortunate jobs and be grateful you don't have one (unless of course you do).

1. Shark Tank Cleaner

Working with sharks may sound glamorous and exciting, but being a shark tank cleaner is anything but. Responsibilities include removing shark excrement, inspecting/repairing the filtration system, and of course cleaning the aquarium glass (from the inside) to keep it clear of algae. Diver certification and knowledge of various shark species and behavior required -- so you don't become lunch.

2. Medical Research Patient

Participating in medical research as a patient often pays well but the risks are great. Experimental procedures, medications, and treatments can be time consuming, uncomfortable, ineffective, and have serious or even life-threatening side effects. You can hope for the placebo group, but even then the stress of wondering can be tiresome.

3. Police Dog Attack Dummy

There are many types of training that police dogs go through before being put into service, and at some point it inevitably includes attacking and taking down a real person. That person, called an attack dummy, wears a special protective suit and stands (or runs) while the trainer gives the command and the dog charges forward. Serious injuries are rare but bruises are not -- and yes, it hurts.

4. Maggot Farmer

Used as bait for fishing around the world, the maggot trade can be a lucrative business. But as with any money making scheme, there a catch -- the stench! The smell comes not only from the rotten meat, which acts as the maggot's food source, but from the ammonia they secrete in order to fend off bacteria.

5. Dog Waste Researcher

The reasons for studying, analyzing, and researching dog waste are numerous -- from studying the health of pets to researching outdoor wildlife. The job includes manually collecting dog waste, either from a provided stool sample or directly from the animal itself, and then analyzing it using a variety of tests and examination techniques.

6. Ear Cleaner

It's exactly what it sounds like: an ear cleaner spends the day cleaning out other people's ears. In Japan women are employed in salons and trained to give ear and earlobe massages before using special ear cleaning tools to scoop all the gunk out of men's ears as they rest their heads in the woman's lap.

7. Crocodile Keeper

Keeping crocodiles isn't much different than hunting them -- except the fact that it's a lot less glamorous and all but guarantees close contact with one of the world's most powerful predators on a daily basis. Duties include cleaning crocodile waste, inspecting and repairing enclosures, feeding the crocodiles, and physically examining/treating them regularly to keep them healthy.

8. Lice Technician

It's not all that uncommon for school children to pick up lice from their playmates at school. When they do, parents have several options for exterminating the critters, one of which is to use a lice technician. The tech may remove louse either by hand or with the use of an instrument which kills the lice via heated air.

9. Dung Vendor

Animal waste is a hot commodity the world over (most of us know it as manure), but in countries where the process is handled primarily with manual labor the job can get very dirty. Dung workers and vendors collect, sort, and transport animal dung by hand in baskets or by wagon-load, often in extremely hot and sunny conditions where running water and showers are scarce.

10. Skyscraper Window Cleaner

Skyscraper window cleaners spend their days fighting wind gusts while suspended hundreds of feet above the ground on thin platforms held by even thinner straps and cables. The pay is good and the views can be spectacular; but dizzying heights mean falls and other accidents are a very real possibility.


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Why the heck is medical research patient on here? That is not a job!

March 24 2011 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


March 23 2011 at 7:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I cleaned windows for 20 years. It is much safer than the oil field (using a bosun chair). But scaffolds can be dangerous. I made my last jump at age 66.

Parson R.D. Smith

March 23 2011 at 4:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This is News? I hardly think so, come on try to be a reporter, just for a change. AOL is far to the right. Natch.

March 23 2011 at 2:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

dung vendor? wtf

March 23 2011 at 1:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

there is a job that takes the two repairmen to heights beyond the horizon. The tallest tower in the world. has a beacon lamp that burns out every so often, it takes two men to carry the safety equipment up the tower, mind you, the first 1000' is easy, It's the last 550' thats dangerous, the job can only be done on calm days, and the winds can pick up while aloft. they have to be grounded to the tower and the last 50' there is no place to tie off to, The lamp is heavy, so is the bulb, no parachutes, too many down guys, fall, and you don't need to be buried, the impact will bury you,, If the ground is too hard, bits an pieces here and there, the chore takes nearly all day to perform.

March 23 2011 at 1:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Was this article intended to be a joke or of some value...I can't tell.

March 23 2011 at 12:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Happy I don't have my job any longer with C.A. Spalding Co. there was always constent presure placed on us to falsify and forge records. Both Javier and Wes kuehnle are not suitible people to be working in the auronautical industry. Teamsters Local 169 president Brian Reice is in their pocket, they say jump and he says how high. Now we have to deal with son Reice who nothing but a man loving piece of crap, just like his dad.

March 22 2011 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Let us know how the libel trial comes out, Joe.

March 23 2011 at 12:15 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The best job, professional beer taster for a brewery. The job pays well and the benefits are good.

March 22 2011 at 11:14 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Washing windows would have been a lark when I was a water proofer. We cleaned surfaces and rusty metal, repaired cracks in buildings, painted and resurfaced facades, installed items (windows, frames, metal rails, etc) and installed roofing material. We also washed an occiasional window if asked. All work was done on tall buildings, up to 20 stories plus, and things like antennas or flag poles that were higher or extended out. The wooden scaffolds we worked from on the sides of the tall buildings were raised, lowered and suspended by ropes and pulleys - all by hand and we had no safety lines or motors. The falls (rope/pulley combo on each end of a scaffold) were secured over the edges of the roof by big metal hooks without safety lines - if a hook went all went. Sometimes we had rain, sleet, wind and ice. This was in the 60s, I was 20. Now I am 70 and doubt I could do it again! Today the safety measures make it much safer but still we see accidents. At the time I guess we were just too dumb to realize how sucky the job was!

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