Funeral Services: It's a business nobody wants to talk about, but according to this article, it's one that's attracting job seekers, thanks to the poor job market conditions.
Funeral services run in my family, and it's well-known that you have to have a stomach made of steel and a heart of gold to do the kinds of things they do. You have to be strong enough to be around death all the time, but sympathetic enough to handle the waves of mourners and their tears.
The article mentioned Alan Willoughby, a job seeker who turned from auto sales to funeral services because he wanted to make more money in an industry that's pretty much as recession-proof as industries get. And yes, there is certainly money to be made in this business, but do you think you'd be able to make such a drastic change for job security and a steady paycheck?
This got me to thinking about similar jobs, like Dirty Jobs, and I wondered what kind of uncomfortable or seemingly morbid jobs desperate job seekers would accept in order to get a good paycheck. Kind of like these, courtesy of this Career Builder article:
- Breath odor evaluator - Odor judges smell nasty morning breath or breath “insulted” with strong scents, like garlic or coffee. They rate the breath on a scale from one to nine, one being the worst. To test odor-reducing products like gum or mouthwash, they smell the breath again and assign it a new rating.
- Tampon tester - Check all sizes of tampons for absorbency and cord strength in accordance with Food and Drug Administration standards. Most testers check up to 125 pieces per day.
- Diener - Prepare cadavers for the pathologist before autopsies are performed in hospitals.
So tell us, would you apply makeup to cadavers or clean algae globs out of giant fish tanks if it meant big bucks in your bank account? How odd would you go?