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The 7 Worst Jobs in the World
Global Post ^ | September 7, 2012 | Daniel Defraia

Posted on 09/07/2012 3:32:20 PM PDT by lbryce

Today's jobs report says the US added just 96,000 jobs in August, 34,000 less than expected. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from July's 8.3 percent, but that's only because people stopped looking for work, not because they found a job.

It's hard out there on the ragged edge of the economy, but take a look at GlobalPost's 7 worst jobs. Earning an honest buck has never been this hard.

Henry Ford probably didn’t have China’s Foxconn factories in mind when he created his famous assembly line outside Detroit in 1913.

Eighteen Foxconn employees attempted suicide there in 2010, highlighting the job's tedious nature and poor working conditions at the facilities. Remember these workers the next time you complain about your overbearing boss.

Speaking truth to power has always been an occupational hazard for journalists, and that's still true. But for a lot of newsmen and women, getting the word out has never been easier. (Thanks, Twitter!) Making money in the industry is the trick these days. (Thanks, Internet!)

And while UN-Arab envoy to Syria is an honorable and imperative job, it's not an enviable position. It comes with a rather demanding job description: cease sectarian violence, mediate a truce between rebel forces and Assad’s regime, and bring peace to war-torn Syria.

And then there is, yes, the elephant sperm collector.

But that's not all. There are terrible jobs all across the world. Here are GlobalPost's seven worst jobs in the world:

1. Foxconn factory worker: inShare182 A Chinese worker assembles electronic components at Foxconn's factory on May 26, 2010, in Shenzhen, China. Last year multiple reports revealed inhumane working conditions that cited, among many egregious practices, the installment of suicide-prevention nets and a no-suicide pledge employees were asked to take. See GlobalPost's series on Foxconn. (AFP/Getty Images).

2. Emergency Fukushima power plant technician:inShare182 Workers gather in radiation protection suites near Iwaki city in Fukushima, 40 kilometers south of the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, on March 21, 2011. After a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in 2011, the Daiichi plant reactors suffered a number of partial nuclear meltdowns. Workers evacuated, but technicians, fireman, soldiers and volunteers stayed behind to stabilize the reactors, risking lethal exposure to radiation. (Ken Shimizu AFP/Getty Images).

Hundreds of technicians, soldiers and fireman worked in shifts of 50 to prevent a nuclear meltdown. The media dubbed them the Fukushima 50.

3. Print Journalist: inShare182 An Iraqi journalist checks his lighter during a freedom of speech protest in Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 14, 2009. Reporting in countries like Iraq, Jordan, Turkmenistan, Syria, Iran, China and North Korea is dangerous and sometimes makes journalism a life-threatening occupation. But even if you work in an air-conditioned office in the US, Finland or England, it’s never been a worse time to be a print journalist, psychologically speaking. A study released in 2012 put print newspaper reporter in the number five slot for worst job of 2012, citing high stress and low hiring outlook. (Muhannad Fala'ah Getty Images).

4. Personal chef to North Korean dictator: inShare182 Late dictator Kim Jong Il’s personal chef from 1988 to 2001, Kenji Fujimoto (a pseudonym), shows an old picture of Kim Jong Un during a press conference in Seoul on Oct. 25, 2010. Fujimoto fled North Korea, leaving his wife and children, because he was suspected of spying on Dear Leader, according to his revelatory memoir, “I Was Kim Jon Il’s Cook.” Since then, he says, he's lived in constant fear. But in June this year, Fujimoto was invited by North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, to return for a two-week visit. Fujimoto took the trip and met Jong Un. He was told, "Your betrayal is now forgotten." (Jung Yeon-Je AFP/Getty Images).

5. South African platinum miner: inShare182 Police surround fallen miners after clashes near a platinum mine in Marikana, South Africa, on Aug. 16, 2012. Police killed 34 striking miners who'd armed themselves with machetes, sticks and metal rods. The Bench Marks Foundation recently published a study that, as Alex Duval Smith wrote for GlobalPost, paints “a grim picture of misery, death, poverty, illness and environmental pollution." The Lomin mine at Marikana experiences "high levels of fatalities," the report concluded, adding, "Residential conditions under which the company’s employees live are appalling." Sometimes 50 workers share a toilet. (AFP/Getty Images).

6. UN-Arab League envoy to Syria: inShare182 Former UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan at his office at the United Nations offices on July 20, 2012. Annan was appointed to the position on Feb. 23, 2012. Some called it mission impossible. On Aug. 2, 2012, Annan resigned after repeated attempts to end human rights abuses and violence that has now displaced over 100,000 Syrians and killed about 25,000 people, according to activists. Yet, he still believes "Syria can still be saved from the worst calamity." His replacement , Lakhdar Brahimi, is less optimistic. Earlier this week, Brahimi said ending the civil war between Assad's government forces and Syrian rebels was "nearly impossible." (Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images).

7. Elephant sperm collector: inShare182 Meet Cuddles, an African Elephant living in Dubbo, Australia. (Mark Kolbe Getty Images).

Meet Thomas, his job, and... yes, there's video if you dare.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jobs; worst
They're not necessarily the world's absolute worst seven jobs in the world collectively. Of one or two of the seven you might some that are worse. No doubt a matter of personal preference or aversion. But as far as the number one worst job in the world is concerned as chosen by "Global Post" it's not one I'm going to trifle with.
1 posted on 09/07/2012 3:32:26 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce
Nope, none of these jobs are as bad as Obama's golf ball washer... He is flat, slap worn out to a frazzle!
2 posted on 09/07/2012 3:43:21 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: lbryce

#8. The Joe Biden gaffe pooper scooper - traveling right behind Ole Slow Joe cleaning up his messes.


3 posted on 09/07/2012 3:46:28 PM PDT by Go Gordon (It's barack hussein obama - because he doesn't believe in capitalism.)
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To: lbryce
My worst smelling job? AK Salz Tannery in Santa Cruz.

Wasn't so bad with burning hides and the day old pallets of fresh ones with cool looking BIG wriggly parasites looking to live a moment longer; but when the right winds came from the mausoleum across the San Lorenzo river and mixed with the aroma of the Tannery the smells were; let's just say only worse than that is front lines after a brutal battle in hot climate and bloated bodies.

Okay enough, pay was better at the Tannery anyway. it's the stuff of bad dreams, and I can honestly say if folks could smell war, maybe there'd be less war.

But I digress big time,

sorry folks.

4 posted on 09/07/2012 3:48:32 PM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: lbryce

Emptying and washing the contents of Michelle Obama”s hamper!


5 posted on 09/07/2012 3:56:46 PM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: lbryce

When I lived in Western Kansas there was a rendering plant outside town. When you passed and the wind was blowing the wrong way you simply tried to hold your breath until you passed the place. I could not imagine having to work there.

I also saw an interview on TV of a woman who worked cleaning the large public toilets in India. She hated the job but could not get anything else as she was an untouchable. I really felt sorry for her.


6 posted on 09/07/2012 3:59:08 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Karliner

“Wasn’t so bad with burning hides and the day old pallets of fresh ones with cool looking BIG wriggly parasites looking to live a moment longer; but when the right winds came from the mausoleum across the San Lorenzo river and mixed with the aroma of the Tannery the smells were; let’s just say only worse than that is front lines after a brutal battle in hot climate and bloated bodies.”

Had a similar jobs lumping skins into a tannery up north...bad in the winter cause the hides would develop sharps inside (frozen chunks of whatever) and of course, the smell and the slippery footing in the summer on the ramps. Those are jobs I’d like Dhimmocrat pols to have had for even a few weeks. One of the guys I worked with developed foot rot (not that uncommon) and still doesn’t walk right. Got $2300 dollars fo it.


7 posted on 09/07/2012 3:59:32 PM PDT by jessduntno ("President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people." - Clint Eastwood)
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To: lbryce

What a garbage list.

The Foxconn workers are in a zero contaminate, air conditioned environment, with a job of placement of components much like an assembly line worker anywhere in the world, sweating away doing his/her job.

To the “worst” elephant sperm collector:

How about the low caste small young Indian girls, who must reach into the bamboo waste shoot of other Indians, to clean out the human waste that clogs up the zero water “toilet”, squat holes, probably for less than a penny apiece.


8 posted on 09/07/2012 4:01:20 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: Karliner

Mint leaves.


9 posted on 09/07/2012 4:02:37 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: Go Gordon

9) Barney Franks’ “Living Chair”


10 posted on 09/07/2012 4:08:40 PM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: lbryce

This thread is doomed.


11 posted on 09/07/2012 4:11:23 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: lbryce

My brother and I spent a week at a lead recycling outfit back in the 1970’s - the work consisted of smashing automobile batteries with a sledge hammer while wearing rain gear and a face shield, then separating the lead plates from the plastic and acid. Did I mention the pay was $3.00 per hour? The foreman was this huge black guy with silver eyes, scariest looking dude I’ve ever seen. Nice guy, though.


12 posted on 09/07/2012 4:28:07 PM PDT by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, get a Model 1911.)
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To: yarddog

***When I lived in Western Kansas there was a rendering plant outside town.***

There was one of those near here many years ago. At night it would stink up the whole county. One night it burned down. No problems since.


13 posted on 09/07/2012 4:31:13 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

When we lived in Panama City back in the 50s there was a paper mill on the East side of Town. When the wind blew from that direction it smelled pretty bad.

Now that I think about it, that was perfume compared to that rendering plant. I have noticed that paper mills have since figured out how to eliminate the odor.


14 posted on 09/07/2012 4:38:43 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: lbryce
Radium Girl was a pretty bad job.
15 posted on 09/07/2012 4:39:07 PM PDT by Krankor (Green-eyed lady, lovely lady Strolling slowly towards the sun)
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To: lbryce

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s hairstylist.


16 posted on 09/07/2012 4:48:13 PM PDT by bushbuddy
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To: bushbuddy
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s hairstylist.

Five minutes a year is a pretty sweet job if you get a full salary for it. Not so good if it is an hourly job.

17 posted on 09/07/2012 4:53:22 PM PDT by KarlInOhio ("Government is the only thing that we all belong to"=implicit repeal of the 13th amendment for all.)
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To: bushbuddy

Barney Frank’s proctologist.


18 posted on 09/07/2012 4:58:38 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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Bookmarking


19 posted on 09/07/2012 5:05:36 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Obama hates Mexicans (Fast and Furious))
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To: mylife

It could also mean Farney Brrank’s neurologist.


20 posted on 09/07/2012 5:07:21 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO-"Now, I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" by way of Oppenheimer at Trinity, NM)
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To: Bender2
Washing Obama's balls? Even I wouldn't take that Dirty Job!!!!
21 posted on 09/07/2012 5:10:46 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: lbryce
>”It could also mean Farney Brrank’s neurologist”<

I think you meant Proctologist, not Neurologist.

22 posted on 09/07/2012 5:14:21 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Republicans Hope people are Smart, but Democrats Know people are Stupid.)
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To: lbryce

I once saw a bugs bunny movie where Bugs had a job in a munitions factory testing bombs for duds. As each bomb would come by, bugs would hit it on the nose with a hammer. If it didn’t blow up it was a dud and bugs would mark it so.

That sounds like a pretty bad job to me. You typically would only get to test one bomb.


23 posted on 09/07/2012 5:17:52 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Alas Babylon!

He has balls?


24 posted on 09/07/2012 5:18:08 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Darn, I missed Post #18, never mind.

So much for originality.


25 posted on 09/07/2012 5:24:23 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Republicans Hope people are Smart, but Democrats Know people are Stupid.)
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To: lbryce

Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel on the Man Show once interviewed the two finalists for the worst job in America. One was a scuba diver at sewage treatment plant. The other, who won, was a sperm collector at a turkey farm. He said the worst part was the way the Tom turkeys all quieted down when he walked into their coop.


26 posted on 09/07/2012 5:29:40 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey Low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: muir_redwoods
Mike Rowe (see my post 21 above) had that job before Jimmy Kimmel did that interview:

Dirty Jobs: Season 4, Episode 13 Turkey Inseminator (12 May 2008)

27 posted on 09/07/2012 5:34:50 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: muir_redwoods

What was wrong with them and the hens, that they could not do it the normal way? (Turkey stud farm?)


28 posted on 09/07/2012 5:37:06 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: yarddog

Some years ago a friend of mine, a delivery truck driver, had to make a run to one outside of Mendota, Illinois. He said the smell inside was so awful he dropped to his knees with the dry heaves within a few feet of stepping through the door. When he got back to his terminal, his boss took one whiff of him and sent him home early. He had to leave his clothes outside for several days before they were “presentable” enough to throw in the washer.


29 posted on 09/07/2012 5:53:28 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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I had to go out with a rancher in Western Kansas and see his several dead cows. He had drug them away from everything else waiting for the National By Products truck to come get them.

The wind was blowing about 30mph toward the dead cows and I wasn’t expecting to smell anything. In fact I could not see how even an atom could get back to us as we would be thirty feet away from the cows and the wind blowing just how we wanted.

Well we got to maybe 40 feet and the smell just about overcame me. I still do not know how that smell could come back on us with the wind blowing so hard from us to the cows.


30 posted on 09/07/2012 6:01:20 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Domestic turkeys are unable to mate naturally because the birds are bred to have enormous breastmeat and cannot actually get close enough to each other to mate.


31 posted on 09/07/2012 6:02:48 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey Low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The breasts on the hybrid white turkey toms is so big he cannot mount a female and get his parts lined up right.

So humans have to “help”. Those big, broad-breasted turkeys are really over-bred freaks but everyone wants that kind of bird come Thanksgiving.


32 posted on 09/07/2012 6:04:33 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: lbryce

I remember after the Jonestown suicides and murders the U.S. Military sent their people whose job it was to handle bodies down there to recover the remains.

I remember seeing some of them interviewed and they all, every one of them said they just could not quit washing their hands. This was weeks after they returned.


33 posted on 09/07/2012 6:06:57 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: M1903A1

One summer while stationed near Camp Zama, Japan, I got stuck in traffic. It was hot and my ‘64 VW had no AC. We were passing a chicken farm and got stuck behind a “benjo” (raw sewage) truck. The stench was unbearable, causing my pregnant wife to stick her head out the window and toss her cookies.


34 posted on 09/07/2012 6:09:30 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Alas Babylon!

Still why can’t there be an ergonomically designed mechanical hen turkey that the big breasted toms can have all the whoopee they want with, and which collects the sperm as it operates. Why have humans involved all the time. Might have to show a new turkey once or twice how to use it and that would be it. No more gross-out turkey groping.


35 posted on 09/07/2012 7:28:56 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: lbryce

It should probably be observed in this context that Foxconn employs so many people that despite the widely reported suicides, the suicide rate for Foxconn employees is below that for the PRC as a whole.


36 posted on 09/07/2012 8:55:04 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: jessduntno
Yep, it was mainly summer High School job for a couple years not full time year round like you. I remember the vats, and cement mixers with batch full of chemicals and going in with full body suits and jack hammering that crud out,,,yeesh, and they think asbestos is bad. My uncle worked in the chem lab and had "tanned' hands, but there was only the finish area where there was less stench.

Man it was dangerous; good money but dangerous machinery from the first baths to the splitters to the mixers. That was hard work for a teen. And yes, demoncrats should know just what hard work is. I don't think that Tannery is there anymore. But nothing in California is the same in the last 25 plus years.

37 posted on 09/07/2012 9:35:56 PM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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