I have hauled out the plastic orange pumpkins and decked the halls with skeletons and spiders. I donned my “Supermom” cape to create a Pirate Cheerleader costume. (Don’t ask – I really don’t know how to define it.) The porch light has been changed and I have stocked up on the most evil of all Halloween essentials – the snack sized Snickers. Unbeknownst to me, Clark Griswold moved in to the house next door over the summer and has happily festooned and bedazzled his front yard with no less than 15 ten foot high inflatable monsters. All this in anticipation of the onslaught of pint sized ghosts, goblins, ghouls, witches, warlocks, pirate and princesses.
So, in honor of the scariest night of the year, we thought we’d focus this edition of Find Work Wednesday on creepy careers. Now, confession time: as much fun as Halloween is for the kiddos, the darker side of the underworld sets the hair on the back of my neck on edge. Some people are just naturally drawn to the creepy, frightening, macabre world of the undead. I am not one of them. It took me 5 trips to Disneyworld before I would go into the Haunted Mansion – as an adult. One episode of “Fantasy Island” when I was seven scarred me well into my teenage years. I can’t sit around the campfire and tell ghost stories, I have happily passed over the whole Stephen King genre, do not understand the whole “Twilight” fascination and those “ghost hunter” shows on television just freak me out.
It’s a safe bet that you won’t find me pursuing a career as funeral director or a cemetery caretaker. However, what we consider as “scary” or “creepy” is, admittedly, relative. One person’s phobia can be another person’s fascination. What may repulse one person may just be all in a day’s work for another. We need people in the world to study spiders, control the pest population, keep the bats out of the attic, and clean up the animals along the side of the road who lost their race with oncoming traffic. We don’t often think about it, but someone has to clean up crime scenes, write obituaries, and perform autopsies. We need crime scene investigators and coroners and medical detectives, taxidermists, and people who watch over our cemeteries. They might not be the career choices for everyone, but, if you can get beyond the “fear factor,” they might just work for you.
All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military-affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first five opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.
- 52819BR Morgue Assistant, Houston, TX
- 52818BR Phlebotomist, Tampa, FL
- 52817BR Medical Tech/Blood Bank, Fort Worth, TX
- 52816BR Blood Bank Medical Technologist, Cambridge, MA
- 52812BR Veteran’s Cemetary Caretaker, Hardin, KY
- Forensic Photographer City of Orlando (Orlando, FL)
- Crime Laboratory Analyst MyFlorida (FL)
- Branch Commercial Pest Control Service Representative – 7090 ServiceMaster Family of Brands
- Dental Hygienist Aspen Dental
- Personal Effects Specialist II Capstone Corporation
- Mortuary Affairs Specialist Army Reserve
- Animal Care Technician MPI Research
- Pathology Lab Supervisor II Johns Hopkins Hospital