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10 most spooky jobs

Jobs working with the deceased or with creepy bugs and animals might spook the majority of us, but for others, scary jobs are the elixir of their professional lives, says a new report on spooky jobs. Among the nation's spookiest jobs are arachnologists, coroners, herpetologists and miners.

Arachnologist: Studying and playing with insects all day might send quivers through some people, but entomologists spend their time working with things that crawl and fly and carry disease. While some might consider the work gross, it's critically important in saving lives.

Coroner or forensic scientist technician: Mortality is the root of many fears, particularly those that spook us. Imagine being exposed to death as your career. Coroners and forensic scientist technicians don't need to imagine. Coroners operate morgues and determine cause of death, while forensic scientist technicians investigate crime scenes. So unless dead bodies don't bother you, these aren't professions for you.

Herpetologist: Hate snakes and other scaly, cold-blooded animals? Avoid herpetology, which is the study of reptiles and amphibians.

Medical lab technologist: Another potentially creepy job is medical laboratory technologists, who study blood and other bodily fluids — truly not a line of work that appeals to everyone. But their research is invaluable to diagnose health problems and help identify potential preventive measures.

Miner: They spend long hours confined to small spaces and working in darkness. It's a dangerous job that taps into numerous common fears.

Others scary jobs on the list:

• Diver

• Hazardous material technician

• Elasmobranchologist (marine biologist studying sharks, rays, etc.)

• Transmission tower worker

10 most spooky jobs 10/24/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:39pm]
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