Do you get light headed by the sight of blood? How about a fear of heights? Do dead bodies or animals freak you out?
Everyone has their own fears, squeamish issues, and definite no-go’s when it comes to work and life. However, you’d be surprised how many people are willing to perform some of the craziest [and in our opinion] scariest jobs in the country - and how many of them are actually available!
In honor of Halloween, we rounded up a solid list of jobs in the U.S. based on some of the most common phobias around. Think you can handle the fear of any of these positions?
Average annual salary - $57,710
Main Phobia: Arachnophobia (fear of spiders)
When it comes to Halloween, spider webs are all over the place. Why? Because spiders are scary! But not for archeologists. Their daily job is to study these creepy eight-legged creatures, along with potential insects and other areas of zoology.
Bomb Squad Technician
Average annual salary - $65,000
Main Phobia: Thanatophobia (fear of dying)
Onto of the obvious fear of dying, the circumstances that surround this type of job make it extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, there are still many circumstances where a bomb squad technician is vital in our society, but if you have a general fear of dying, this wouldn’t be the job for you.
Average annual salary - $52,840
Main Phobia: Necrophobia (fear of dead bodies)
Handling the dead for a living may seem odd, but this is the central focus for corners. Determining the ultimate cause of death is no easy task, and is one of their daily duties.
Deep Sea Diver
Average annual salary - $45,890
Main Phobia: Bathophobia (fear of depths) or Thalassophobia (fear of the sea)
Our planet is covered in more water than land, so you’d think this would be a more plentiful job! However, the ocean’s are one of the most unknown areas of our Earth, which makes becoming a diver a very skilled job. What exactly can you expect to do as a deep sea diver? Repair underwater equipment, take vivid photography or examine wildlife experiences.
Average annual salary. - $52,840
Main Phobia: Hemophobia (fear of blood)
Crime scene investigators often call in forensic scientists to analyze and collect data and physical evidence after an incident. This type of job isn’t for the faint of heart - or stomach - as many interactions can be gruesome.
Hazardous Material Technician
Average annual salary - $37,590
Main Phobia: Chemophobia (fear of chemicals)
We think that if your job is to remove hazardous or dangerous materials that you should get paid a lot more. This type of job requires special licensing, especially when dealing with nuclear or medical waste. These technicians are also usually responsible for cleaning up heavy-duty project areas, such as abandoned properties.
Average annual salary - $57,710
Main Phobia: Ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) or Herpetophobia (fear of reptiles/amphibians)
How do you feel about handling snakes and other cold-blooded reptiles? If you’re cool with studying these animals and amphibians, and their scaly skin doesn’t freak you out, this may be a great job for you!
Average annual salary - $48,440
Main Phobia: Nyctophobia (fear of the dark)
As a position that has been heavily focused on the news as one that is starting to drift away, this is certainly still a scary job to hold. Miners spend countless hours in small and confined spaces, often working in mostly darkness. This job is not traditionally scary, but certainly extremely dangerous.
Transmission Tower Worker
Average annual salary - $47,950
Main Phobia: Acrophobia (fear of heights)
Are you scared of heights? Don’t be a transmission tower worker! These technicians work often on high levels, operating equipment such as power lines and cellular towers.
*Average annual salaries are taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics