10 Jobs People with Phobias Should Avoid at All Costs

There’s plenty of jobs that people do that society requires someone to do it, but you wouldn’t want to be the person to have to do that job. Think about what would happen if you add in the different phobias that exist today. People with phobias would have to narrow down their prospective job lists after reading over this list, although you’d be surprised to see how much some of these jobs pay. It may be enough to make you get over your phobia.

10. Golf Ball Diver

Any person familiar with their local golf course that has water hazards can understand the need for this position. A golf ball diver is a person that goes into those hazards to retrieve the golf balls that fall prey into the hazard. The conditions that are faced by golf ball divers include:

– murky water

– wildlife, such as water snakes and alligators

– fallen branches and other obstacles that can make scuba diving difficult

Someone with ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) or scotophobia (fear of darkness) may have a difficult time with this type of job. For those that love diving, golf or having a job that is an interesting conversation starter, this can be a rewarding career. Unlike a normal 9 to 5 career where a set paycheck is offered, this job is based on the amount of work done by the golf ball diver. The way it works is that the individual or company works to get an exclusive contract with a golf course where the diver pays the course either a particular amount of money per ball found or a particular amount of recovered balls, and the diver can resell these balls to golf shops and other retailers. An annual salary can be as high as $50,000 to $100,000 depending on the courses contracted with and other factors, such as demand.

9. Phlebotomist

This medical position is one that qualifies for this list because the people that have this position can be called medical vampires by some. These are the kind (and not-so-kind) men and women that work to find a vein and draw blood when a doctor orders a test that requires blood to be used. People that suffer from hematophobia (fear of blood) or aichmophobia (fear of needles) would have a hard time working in this field. For those intrepid individuals that do not mind a little blood or pushing a needle into someone else, this can be a very rewarding career. This is a field that is predicted to grow quicker than other occupations as most health care position are today, has a medium wage of almost $30,000 and puts the person in a position to help others with their medical care without having to attend a great deal of schooling to get hired.

8. Politician

It may be possible to wonder why this particular position is not for a person with a phobia, but people with glossophobia (fear of speaking in public) may find it rather difficult to get into a public office. This is a position where hard decisions have to be made, no matter what a person does in office there will always be someone unsatisfied with the actions taken, and is almost as unpopular as lawyers. To be a successful politician, a person must be willing to speak in public to just get elected and later on must be able to defend the reason why they did something in office if they hope to be reelected. For those individuals that can take the heat, this can be a very worthwhile career in that a difference can be made, and elected legislators at the local level can make a medium wage of a little under $40,000 a year for work that is not full-time. Often, the only requirements to run for office includes:

– age

– citizenship

– being a registered voter and residency

Voters may prefer someone with background and experience that might help the candidate properly represent their interests, such as volunteer work, a degree in law or another area that would be conducive to assisting the area elected along with work experience that could help in working in a governmental position.

7. Portable Toilet Cleaner

When visiting fairs and festivals, there is often that feeling of not wanting to use the available facilities because they have a Porta-Potty rather than regular bathroom facilities. Just imagine what it must be like for the person that has to clean these facilities after a hot and busy week at the county fair, and it can be rather easy to think about why this would not be a job for a person with olfactophobia (fear of smells). There have been some advancements in the way that these are cleaned that simplified the process, so this is not high up on the list of jobs for people with phobias in comparison to some of the other jobs included. This job pays an average of $22,000, and in hard economic times that is nothing to sneeze at considering this does not require any specific education. Although, one enterprising woman was able to turn her portable toilet business into over $100,000 a year salary.

6. Pest Control Technician

A pest control technician or exterminator has a tough job that most people would want to stay far away from at any cost. They are the ones that clear homes of spiders, roaches, fleas, bed bugs, raccoons, bats, possums and other critters that decide to live in or around a person’s home. Sometimes, the goal is to kill and other times it is to relocate the critter, but either way getting into tight places and handling these critters are in order. Most people are a bit squeamish when it comes to pests, but suffers from entomophobia (fear of insects), hydrophobophobia (fear of rabies), isopterophobia (fear of termites) and agrizoophobia (fear of wild animals) would be unable to function in this role. For those that could stomach this position, making an average wage of about $32,000 a year along with the knowledge of a steady job as there will always be a need for those willing to remove pests can make this a very valuable career.

5. Colon Hydro Therapist

A colon hydrotherapist is a fancy title for a person that spends their day giving patients enemas. An enema is the process of cleaning out the large intestine with a water solution that may have cleansers and herbs added to it to promote colon health. This acts as a way to flush toxins from the patient’s system, although there are some that argue that this therapy not only gets rid of the toxins but the good fauna from a person’s system. This is certainly a job that is not for someone with coprophobia (fear of feces) or bromidrophobia (fear of body smells). For those that are interested in this career, it can be rather worthwhile in that it can assist those with medical problems that prevent them from naturally cleansing their system to get relief and provides an average salary of about $20,000 a year without requiring an expensive four-year degree.

4. Snake Milker

A snake milker is a venomous snake handler that has the specific task of removing or milking the venom from dangerous snakes. The venom that is collected from these dangerous reptiles are used to create anti-venom to save the lives of people that are bitten by snakes, but also is being used to create new medicines for other conditions like strokes and being used in research for cancer cures. A person that has ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) or toxiphobia (fear of poison) would probably not be a good fit for this position. Those that could overlook the dangerous nature of handling harmful snakes can find an interesting job making an average of $30,000 a year depending on where they are employed, and those enterprising individuals wanting to go into business for themselves can find this is rather lucrative as some venoms sell for $2,000 for one gram. It can be helpful to have a degree in biology, herpetology or chemistry.

3. Mortician

Death is a sad fact of life, and most people cringe to think about handling the death of a loved one. Morticians look into the face of death daily and help to support families in getting through the grieving process meaning that someone with necrophobia (fear of death) or sociophobia (fear of society or people) would have a hard time with this type of position. Working with the dead can be very taxing as there are no consistent working hours, and the families of the recently departed are highly emotional because of their loss. For a person that can be professional, sensitive and have courtesy to those in mourning, this can be a fulfilling career path for those with the stomach for this job as this position allows for helping people get started on the path of going through the grieving process. Morticians make a medium salary of $51,720 depending on their location and other factors. Not a bad salary for a rewarding position that requires an apprenticeship, a license through the state, although some states may require a bachelor’s degree to get licensed.

2. Biohazard Remediation Technician

A Biohazard Remediation Technician is a hazardous materials removal worker, and in this usage is a person that is utilized by law enforcement and regular citizens in the cleanup of crime scenes or traumatic deaths. This may be for suicide, murders and other violent crimes where police have come in, investigated and released the scene back to the families or owners, but they are not prepared to deal with the mess left behind. A person with hemophobia (fear of blood) or pathophobia (fear of disease) might find this a little too hard to bear as a career. That is where a biohazard remediation technician comes in to clean and sanitize the home to get it ready for the family and owner to try to move on. This type of job is considered under the heading of Hazardous Materials Removal for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the medium pay is $37,590 a year for this area. For those that are interested in this kind of work, but does not want to deal with bodily fluids there are other types of hazardous materials that need to be cleaned, such as the remove of asbestos or lead paint.

1. Slaughters

The final item on the list is animal slaughters as most people do not want to consider how the meat makes it from the farm to their plate. This position requires a person to be willing to go through the process to prepare meat from being involved with killing an animal to preparing the different sections of meat for sale which is a process that is not for the faint at heart. This career would not be good for someone with zoophobia (fear of animals) or aichmophobia (fear of sharp objects). This career field offers a mean wage of $25,400. As more people are becoming interested in the slaughtering process from the standpoint of food safety, it is possible that this career may remain something that is difficult to stomach based on its very nature, but will improve in the way that the public views it. Working in this field may mean that the person can make a difference in food safety while putting the bacon on the table.

Not everyone can get these jobs done, and it takes a special person that isn’t afraid of critters, getting dirty, seeing blood, or other phobias. Each of these careers is pretty necessary for modern society to move forward, and as such, can have a high demand of finding workers willing to look past a phobia or two to get the job done.

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