HR Strange But True!
December 01, 2005

If you think you have a tough job, measure it against some of these jobs, many of which require high levels of education.

For the past three years, Popular Science magazine has published a list of the 10 worst jobs in science. In 2005, human lab rat tops the list.

The magazine cites the participants in a University of California at San Diego study in which researchers shot small doses of chloropicrin, a pesticide that was also used as a nerve agent in World War I, in participants' eyes and noses. The student participants earned $15 per hour for their time, according to the magazine.

Next on the list is manure inspector. Researchers at the University of Georgia's Center for Food Safety are studying how to eliminate E.coli bacteria from manure that farmers use as fertilizer in their fields and can end up in vegetables grown in those fields, the magazine reports. What's the worst-smelling manure? Michael Doyle, the center's director, tells the magazine that it is hogs' manure.

Kansas biology teacher is third on the list because of new Kansas Board of Education standards that question the validity of the theory of evolution in science classes. "We've heard anecdotally that our students are getting much more scrutiny at places like medical schools," Brad Williamson, a science teacher, tells the magazine. "I get calls from teachers in other states who say things like 'You rubes!'"

The remainder of the list follows:

4. Extremophile (microbe) excavator.
5. Nuclear-weapons scientist.
6. Volcanologist.
7. Semen washer at sperm banks.
8. Do-gooder.
9. NASA ballerina.
10. Orangutan-pee collector.

Source: Popular Science

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