They're Dirty Jobs But Someone Has To Do Them

Tyler Durden's picture

Many people complain about their jobs on a regular basis - but, remember, it could be worse - far worse. While the hands-dirty role of central bank head or SEC chair are taken, the following infographic highlights jobs and salaries that really resonate with the phrase "there are dirty jobs but somebody’s got to do it." From garbage collector to crime scene cleanup technician and from proctologists to parents -- which stomach-turning jobs will have you running for the shower the minute you get home?


They're Dirty Jobs

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francis_sawyer's picture

Done Dirt Cheap bitchez...

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Barney Frank's interns.

idea_hamster's picture

...for Lloyd Blankfein:

Salary:  $400,000 plus housing at well-appointed D.C. address.

You'll be hired for a 4-year trial period, with a possible 4-year extension.  One opening, interviewing now for 2016.

smlbizman's picture

hamster, you will be wishing for lloyd the terrible after  they stick marty owe' malley in there....when this pos groomed commy gets the nod, a narcissistic facist wont seem so bad...

AldousHuxley's picture

there are physically dirty jobs, but also mentally dirty jobs that can mess you up psychologically...


politicians/lawyers...have to lie for others....all the time

police.....have to beat people

military.....have to kill people

bankers.....20hrs a day of boring excel monkey work that a high school kid can do and ripoff grandma's pension.

government workers.....boredom and senseless red tape like filling out paperwork all day for some shit you can automate in iPhone






idea_hamster's picture

To quote my IT guy, "Those aren't 'bugs;' they're 'features.'"

Aurora Ex Machina's picture

Fluffers were brought down by Viagra and other drugs[1], and no longer exist.




[1] No, you really don't want to know, it involves needles with direct application.

Bawneee Fwank's picture

Hey!  I make it to where they dont shit right for a week!

CPL's picture

The western world imports caregiving now.

Disenchanted's picture



Concrete Shoes
Cyanide, TNT!
Done Dirt Cheap!

Neckties, Contracts,
High Voltage!
Done Dirt Cheap!

Disenchanted's picture




and btw I'm starting to get the notion that Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be...bitchez.


And I got to thinking, "Hey, just a minute, something ain't right"
Disillusions and confusion
Make me want to cry
All the same, you lead your games
Tellin' me your lies...


TraderTimm's picture

They forgot "Banker" and "Economist".

Bastiat's picture

. . . wallowing in their own sleeze 24/7.

john39's picture

but the typical applicant dreams of doing just that...

Skateboarder's picture

I worked at Subway the summer after high school. The signature stench does not come off that easy.

Other than that, I've had only easy jobs. Sit-down jobs are such a privilege. Thanks, engineering degrees.

dwdollar's picture

Most engineers I know are arrogant passive-aggressive assholes, who think they're pretty smart, but can't seem to find a job (or create one) outside of government or government subsidized industries.

Joe Davola's picture

Most engineers are arrogant passive-aggressive assholes who know they're smarter than you.


dwdollar's picture

Most of them would be lost without their computer models and a boss holding their hand.

Joe Davola's picture

I create the computer models - hey, it's a living.

nmewn's picture

There was an engineer who had an exceptional gift for fixing all things mechanical. After serving his company loyally for over 30 years, he happily retired. Several years later the company contacted him regarding a seemingly impossible problem they were having with one of their multimillion dollar machines.

They had tried everything and everyone else to get the machine to work but to no avail. In desperation, they called on the retired engineer who had solved so many of their problems in the past.

The engineer reluctantly took the challenge. He spent a day studying the huge machine. At the end of the day, he marked a small "x" in chalk on a particular component of the machine and stated, "This is where your problem is".

The part was replaced and the machine worked perfectly again.

The company received a bill for $50,000 from the engineer for his service. They demanded an itemized accounting of his charges.

The engineer responded briefly: One chalk mark $1 Knowing where to put it $49,999 It was paid in full and the engineer retired again in peace.

dwdollar's picture

Engineers like to think they understand the world better than most... yet they're usually working for someone else and many times that someone else is government or a company in a government subsidized industry.

The world is an interesting place.

El Viejo's picture

Sounds like that deep seated resentment of finance people(in this country) for engineers is surfacing.

nmewn's picture

Bean counters can take something working perfectly fine and transform it into a pile of smoldering rubble in seconds...keeps the mechanics, firefighters, electricians and engineers in work

El Viejo's picture

I remember reading the story in Life magazine as a kid.

nmewn's picture

In life or on a machine, you have to know where to place the X or it never gets fixed ;-) 

dwdollar's picture

Too bad engineers can't place the X on DC and the banking cartel. But that would be biting the hand that feeds...

nmewn's picture

It didn't take an engineer to figure that

CPL's picture

Because as Engineers.  We respect credit given as much as any whore would. 

Bring your ideas, but bring real money to the table as well.

centerline's picture

Finance people can be dangerous.  It is not resentment.  It is frustration.

I think this world has about as many MBA's as it can stand.


GMadScientist's picture

There's a reason that calculus has a real and "for business majors" split at the university level.



WillyGroper's picture

Engineer's are 1 in 100K. They're visual spatials. Many live in a chaotic hoarding type of environment that would drive most people crazy. 

GMadScientist's picture

You need to get out more. ;)


Uncle Remus's picture

Dunno. I've made some good money fixing networks and systems non-CSEEs have applied their smarts to. Ditto with lawyers.

Skateboarder's picture

Skateboarder chose to be broke for a year and a half after college rather than work dishonorably at the expense of his dignity (and his parents housed him and helped him out for the year). It took me a while to find a non-gub non-corporatist non-speical-interest non-evil-doing non-handholdy non-pipelined job as an R&D product designer of hardware and software alike. Very small group, gets projects based on word-of-mouth, weathered both the dot-com and the 2007 busts.

I start work in a couple of weeks.

I also owe the local homeless guy who travels between the two local 7-11s a pack of cigarettes. I usually ask him what he wants when I hit up the 7-11 and get him a drink. Last time he really wanted a pack of smokes. Told him I'd buy him a pack when I got my first paycheck. Fuck your generalization. There are real engineers left, though not many.

p.s. I understand I'm doing evil indirectly regardles.

dwdollar's picture

"Fuck your generalization."

Yet you seem to agree with me. It was not a personal attack. I was merely stating what you already know. Congratulations on being an exception.

Skateboarder's picture

Thank you guys. It broke my balls upon entering industry to find that the default option for engineers is to participate in evil. It is actually quite difficult to find engineering work that relatively minimizes your evil footprint. I weep for my mechanical/aerospace friends (now under custody of Lockheed, Northrop, Livermore, et al.) who can't ever leave the gub-space. Once you go that route, that's all you will ever do.

centerline's picture

I got out of aerospace shortly after getting out of college.  Working on weapons systems didn't spook me too bad back then (I worked on more defensive stuff anyhow), but I could not take the beaucracy and the painfully slow design processes.  

Slewburger's picture

I don't know what part of the states (if even) you reside in. But rest assured, the defense industry is not the default. When I graduated nobody went to work for Bell/Lockheed/L3. They were all over our career fairs, internship programs and they all had locations 10 miles or less from the campus. Word had gotten around about exactly what CL is referring to....endless bureaucracy, projects for less than honorable intentions. Not what most of us got into engineering for.

DW is just some sad azzhat who wants to make generalizations about a group of people he knows very little about. I worked with an old guy who told me it was the engineer's job to improve the human condition. DW has had his condition improved, he just fails to recognize it.


Inibo E. Exibo's picture

"It took me a while to find a non-gub non-corporatist non-speical-interest non-evil-doing non-handholdy non-pipelined job"

It took me about 30 years to find that job at a small ISP/telcom--they do exist--they don't pay me enough, but no one ever has.  It's nice to know the name of every person in the company.

MilleniumJane's picture

Did you thank your Mom and Dad for putting up with you for a year-and-a-half?

azzhatter's picture

Don't all Goldman employees have a minor in proctology?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

They have to learn to catch before they're allowed to pitch (a deal).