Friday, October 28, 2011

Americans Rank the World's Scariest Jobs

Which jobs scare you the most?

In honor of Halloween, CareerBuilder/Harris Interactive asked 4,384 American workers to name the world's scariest jobs. Here's what they said:

1. Bomb Squad Technician

2. High Rise Window Washer

3. Armed Forces

4. Miner

5. Police Officer

6. Alaskan Crab Fishing

7. Mortician

8. Firefighter

9. High School Teacher

10. Cemetery Worker

11. Exterminator

12. Stand-Up Comedian

13. Animal Control

14. Stunt Person

15. Politician

High school teacher? Yeah, I guess I can see that one. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Americans apparently like their Deadliest Catch marathons on the Discovery Channel, too. Actually, crab fishing is an incredibly dangerous job. No joking there.

CareerBuilder also asked workers what scares them the most about their own jobs. The threat of pay cuts scares 13% of employees, while roughly 9% of employees are scared by "workload" (more of it?) and the same percentage are scared about "presenting in front of other people." Something called "forced relocation" scares 4% of workers, and the boss scares a mere 3% of people surveyed. Gotta step it up, managers. Forced relocation? Is that like being sent to Siberia or to the basement like Milton in Office Space? I'm not sure, but it's definitely worth a few minutes of Stephen Root. Happy Halloween!

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