CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 CareerCast.com report (http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/10-most-spooky-jobs) on spooky jobs. Among the nation's spookiest jobs are arachnologists, coroners, herpetologists and miners.
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.
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.
Hate snakes and other scaly, cold-blooded animals? Avoid herpetology, which is the study of reptiles and amphibians. And miners spend long hours confined to small spaces and working in darkness. It's a dangerous job that taps into numerous common fears.
"Some jobs require you to overcome a phobia to succeed," says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com. "If you are unable to overcome a fear of heights, confined spaces or the dark, the job of a miner or transmission tower worker is not for you."
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. Their research is invaluable to diagnose health problems and help identify potential preventive measures.
CareerCast.com compiled this list of spooky jobs you might want to avoid:
FORENSIC SCIENTIST TECHNICIAN
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL TECHNICIAN
ELASOMBRANCHOLOGIST (MARINE BIOLOGIST)
MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST
TRANSMISSION TOWER WORKER
To read the full report, visit http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/10-most-spooky-jobs
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; and videos and blogs; and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites.