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Apparently looking death in the eye is tamer than being a politician in the United States.
Spanning across numerous industries, a new CareerBuilder poll of 3,103 American workers chose being a politician as the most “frightful” job ever.
Attributing its chill-inducing nature to the amount of responsibility and accountability it entails, the poll also found a stand-up comedian, kindergarten teacher or even a parent is just as scary to some people as being a stunt person, crime scene investigator or mortician.
Mortician made the list given the job revolves around dead people – ditto for crime scene investigator – and no doubt thanks to the current Ebola scare, the very topical jobs of microbiologist for infectious diseases also ranked in the list.
The report also surveyed the salary figures of the select few who have the stomach and the nerves to actually pursue the above jobs.
Here’s the list of the 10 most frightening careers in America:
Median hourly pay: $14.77
Scary for those who fear: Responsibility; accountability to a large number of people; rejection.
2. Microbiologist for infectious diseases
Median hourly pay: $33.27
Scary for those who fear: Germs; Ebola; accidentally leaving the hazmat suit at home.
3. Security guard at teen pop idol concert
Median hourly pay: $11.88
Scary for those who fear: Getting trampled by screaming teens.
4. Kindergarten teacher
Median hourly pay: $24.81
Scary for those who fear: Germs; temper tantrums; shaping the minds of America’s youth.
5. Crime scene investigator
Median hourly pay: $36.32
Scary for those who fear: Blood; the disappointment on people’s faces when you tell them the job is nothing like it is on TV.
Median hourly pay: $12.24
Scary for those who fear: Animal attacks; allergy flare-ups.
Median hourly pay: $23.13
Scary for those who fear: Dead bodies; silence; zombie attacks.
8. Radio, cellular and tower equipment installer and repairer
Median hourly pay: $21.97.
Scary for those who fear: Heights.
9. Stand-up comedian
Median hourly pay: $16.89
Scary for those who fear: Public speaking; awkward silence.
Median hourly pay: Not nearly enough.
Scary for those who fear: Almost all of the above fears.
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