9 Jobs That Are So Tough, They Make Office Life Seem Like Heaven

If you think you have the worst job ever and are underpaid, this article will definitely make you change your opinion.

Bright Side is going to show you 9 challenging jobs that will give you goosebumps!

Manhole cover production, New York City

Men from India produce around 2,750 manhole covers for New York City per year. The only safety gear some of them have are safety spectacles. The temperature of the molten-hot metal is 2,190° F — 2,550° F. Molten-hot metal splashes can cause severe burns which is why this job is considered to be one of the most dangerous.

Sulfur mining in Indonesia, the Kawah Ijen Volcano

The Kawah Ijen Volcano is located in Jawa and its height is 8,530 ft. Inside an active vent of the volcano, there’s a sulfuric lake. Workers are locals who work without any protective clothes or gas masks. They extract pieces of sulfur all day and all night long, using their own 2 hands and a hanky that helps them not to breathe harmful substances in. Each worker gets less than $5 per day.

Sewer cleaner, India

We don’t think anyone wants to swap their work responsibilities with sewer cleaners. Their working day lasts for 12 hours and they have to spend the whole shift inside a hatch, breathing in the smell of waste. Workers use metal scrapers, mattocks, or their own 2 hands to remove slime. Then, all collected waste is thrown away in the streets. Cleaners don’t have special equipment and usually work wearing only underwear. They’re paid just $5 per day.

Odor testers

They work at companies that produce deodorants and antiperspirants. Testers have to apply a product to subjects’ armpits and smell them to assess their efficiency throughout the day.

Diamond mining, Sierra Leone

Diamond mining in Sierra Leone is a dirty business. The total value of diamonds extracted in the country is reported to be $320 million, but workers don’t get a lot. The Kono District where around 250,000 people work as miners is one of the poorest districts in the country.

Salt mining, Ethiopia

In the Danakil Depression, you’ll find the Afar people who are known for their incredible tolerance to hot weather. One of their traditional activities is salt mining. The temperature in the desert there can rise up to 125° F so this place is considered to be one of the hottest in the world.

Electricians working at high heights

Chinese electricians carry out preventive maintenance of high voltage power lines at unbelievable heights. Though they’re supplied with safety gear, the risk of being shocked by electricity is extremely high.

Crime scene cleaners

They have to remove blood stains from the walls, floors, beds, and even remove corpses. The toughest part of their job is the odor. If police find a body a few days after death, even a respirator won’t help in this case. Sometimes bodies are found several months after death, attracting insects and rodents. As a rule, it takes workers a couple of days to clean everything, but it may take more time if a house or an apartment is a giant mess.

Mosquito testers

Scientists fighting against malaria have to study malarial mosquitos’ habits. Brazilian scientists even put their own safety on the line and offer themselves as “human bait” to trap mosquitoes on their arms.

Bonus: Just an ordinary working day somewhere in the Arctic

Which job do you think is the most difficult? Tell us in the comments!

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