At this time of year, many of us take great pains to avoid spiders and other creepy-crawly creatures. But for some, a career working with slithery creatures is exactly what the doctor ordered, according to CareerCast.com, which identifies the nation’s creepiest careers. And the pay ain’t bad, either.
“Forensic entomologist, who studies insects that invade a person’s dead body and decipher insect life cycles to determine the time and manner of death, is the creepiest career on our list,” says CareerCast.com Publisher Tony Lee. “These little bugs can even offer clues as to when and if a body part was moved after death and the types of injuries that may have occurred.”
Other creepy careers uncovered by CareerCast.com include arachnologists, who study over 90,000 discovered species of arachnids, including spiders, scorpions, daddy longlegs, camel spiders, ticks, and mites; pest control specialists, who must be able to accurately assess and eliminate insect and rodent threats; and reptologists, who are wildlife biologists specializing in the study of creatures with green scaly skin.
If you aren’t a herpetophobe, arachnophobe, or just “creeped-out” by the mere mention of slithery critters, then maybe one of the following creepy-crawly careers is for you:
- Forensic Entomologist
Average Salary —$47,740
Job Description—Forensic Entomologists use their knowledge of insects and the life cycle of death to apply it to criminal matters.
Job Description—Arachnologists are biologists who study spiders of all shapes, sizes, and varieties.
- Pest Control Specialist
Job Description—Pest Control Specialists remove creatures from households, apartment buildings, businesses, and other structures to protect people and maintain structural integrity.
Job Description—Reptologists are wildlife biologists who specialize in the study of reptiles. Some may work in zoos or museums of natural history.
- Road Kill Removal Specialist
Job Description—Road Kill Removal Specialists help to extricate and remove dead animal carcasses from highways, roadways, and other passageways to dispose of the remains and to prevent potential accidents.
You don’t have to have a “creepy” job to have a strange but true tale. What’s the strangest thing that has ever happened on the job?