6 Creepiest Careers

creepiest careersAt this time of year, many of us take great pains to avoid spiders and other creepy-crawly creatures. But for some, a career working with slithery creatures is exactly what the doctor ordered, according to CareerCast.com, which identifies the nation's creepiest careers.

"Forensic entomologist, who studies insects that invade a person's dead body and decipher insect life cycles to determine the time and manner of death, is the creepiest career on our list," says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com. "These little bugs can even offer clues as to when and if a body part was moved after death and the types of injuries that may have occurred."

Other creepy careers include arachnologists, who study over 90,000 discovered species of arachnids, including spiders, scorpions, daddy longlegs, camel spiders, ticks and mites; pest control specialists, who must be able to accurately assess and eliminate insect and rodent threats; and reptologists, who are wildlife biologists specializing in the study of creatures with green scaly skin.

If you aren't a herpetophobe, arachnophobe or just "creeped-out" by the mere mention of slithery critters, then maybe one of the following creepy-crawly careers is for you:

1) Forensic Entomologist

Average Salary - $47,740

Job Description - Forensic entomologists use their knowledge of insects and the life cycle to apply it to criminal matters.

-- Find forensic entomologist jobs

2) Arachnologist

Average Salary - $61,660

Job Description - Arachnologists are biologists who study spiders and other arachnids of all shapes, sizes and varieties.

-- Find arachnologist jobs

3) Pest Control Specialist

Average Salary - $30,340

Job Description - Pest control specialists remove creatures from households, apartment buildings, places of business and other structures to protect people and maintain structural integrity.

-- Find pest control jobs

4) Reptologist

Average Salary - $61,660

Job Description - Reptologists are wildlife biologists who specialize in the study of reptiles. Some may work in zoos, while others work in museums of natural history or other venues.

-- Find reptologist jobs

5) Road Kill Removal Specialist

Average Salary - $30,000

Job Description - Road kill removal specialists help extricate and remove dead animal carcasses from highways, roadways and other passageways to dispose of the remains and prevent potential accidents.

-- Find road kill removal jobs

6) Field Entomologist

Average Salary - $47,740

Job Description - An entomologist studies insects and their life cycles. By classifying insects, observing their behavior and determining their population dynamics, entomologists play an important role in understanding the insect world.

-- Find field entomologist jobs

To read the full report, visit www.CareerCast.com.

CareerCast.com, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America, job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content, videos and blogs, and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites.

CareerCast.com also compiles the Jobs Rated Report, where 200 jobs across North America are ranked based on detailed analysis of specific careers factors.

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