High paying jobs nobody wants

high paying jobs nobody wants

If you’re looking for a new job with attractive pay, you’ve come to the right place! Although these jobs aren’t very popular, the salaries they offer are very attractive, and the qualifications required aren’t very high. Here are 11 high paying jobs nobody wants to do:

  • Garbage collector
  • Funeral agent
  • Degerminator
  • Oil platform employee
  • Medical examiner
  • Minesweeper
  • Drug tester
  • Bailiff
  • Crime scene cleaner
  • Inseminator
  • Sanitation operator

Waste collector

It’s probably the best-known of less envied professions.

Clearly, collecting garbage has several drawbacks:

  • Tight schedules (early mornings, late evenings)
  • Exposure to household waste and odors
  • A poor public image

And yet, being a waste collector means you’ll be paid a very attractive salary for the amount of work involved: around 1,800 dollars gross per month.

Tipper drivers are much better paid, earning up to $3,000 gross per month.

If the ratio of working time to salary is highlighted, it’s mainly because refuse collectors benefit from the “finished/left” principle: whatever the defined working hours, if their task for the day is completed, they can leave their post.

No diploma is required to become a garbage collector. However, it is recommended to have at least a CAP in cleaning and environment to acquire technical and safety skills.

Funeral agent

Funeral attendants, also known as “morticians” in colloquial parlance, have a difficult job with a dual role: they take the body and coffin of the deceased to the cemetery, while assisting families through the difficult period of mourning.

Funeral agents can earn an average of 2,000 dollars gross per month.

If the remuneration is attractive, it’s because it’s a job that nobody wants to do, and companies in the sector are finding it very hard to recruit staff.

What professional training is required to work as a funeral agent? A CAP in prevention and mediation, or a Bac Pro in local services. Some schools also offer specific training in funeral techniques.


Pest control is a job that’s rarely sought-after. That’s why it’s highly paid: on average, an exterminator is paid 3,900 dollars gross per month!

In return for this attractive income, you’ll have to contend with, track down and eradicate pests and rodents, both in enclosed spaces and in the open air.

While no particular skills are required for this job, you will need to combine two essential qualities:

  • Don’t be frightened by these beasts that so many people fear
  • Be uncompromising about the quality of your equipment and safety instructions

Rodents and other pests are vectors of viruses and diseases that are potentially fatal to humans.

Basic training in food hygiene and safety or public health is essential for familiarity with the various pest control techniques.

Worker on an oil platform

It’s probably the most tiring job on this list.

Constantly in demand, oil rig workers work very long days, repairing and checking all the key elements of the oil infrastructure.

If you’d like to work on an oil rig, there are a number of other jobs open to you – it’s a real little ecosystem:

  • Crane operator
  • Nurse, firefighter
  • Diver
  • Geologist
  • Technician and engineer

Salaries vary from one trade to another, but overall they’re all well paid, and the traditional worker can expect to earn between 4,000 and 5,000 dollars net per month, which is enormous, especially when you take into account the fact that the employee is fed, housed and laundered by the company that hires him.

Medical examiner

It’s the hardest job to get on this list, but it’s also the one that pays the best!

A forensic pathologist earns an average of 3,200 dollars at the start of his or her career, and by the end of his or her career can be earning in excess of 10,000 dollars a month.

Having a central role in determining the death of certain individuals, the forensic pathologist is often called upon by the criminal investigation police.

Although he’s best known for working on corpses, justifying the fact that nobody wants to do this job, the coroner also carries out a number of tasks on people who are still alive, always with the same aim: to determine the cause of an accident or injury.

To become a forensic pathologist, there‘s no secret: you need to study medicine and obtain a medical doctor’s degree. After that, you need to specialize in forensic medicine, which is a medical specialty in its own right.


If it’s a job that scares a lot of people at first sight, there are many misconceptions about mine clearance.

Firstly, the deminer no longer operates the explosive himself: for several years now, this job has involved piloting a robot that does the work remotely, considerably reducing the risk of loss of life.

Not just anyone can be a deminer, you have to be a member of the army or the national police force to be eligible.

Since this is a public sector job, your salary will depend enormously on your status, rank and experience in the field.

However, there are many disadvantages, which explains why no one wants to work in this high paying profession: mortal danger, variable working hours (day and night), patience and extreme concentration… It’s a job that requires many qualities!

Training and a diploma are essential to become a deminer: they are provided by the army or by approved training organizations.

Drug tester

Have you ever been tempted to play guinea pig? You can earn money by becoming a drug tester.

It’s a high paying job, not least because of the risk involved: your body may react more or less well to exposure to a drug.

The risk should be put into perspective, however: 1 out of 2 testers is not receiving real medication, and is ingesting placebos.

The income you earn depends on the laboratory that hires you for these tests and the duration of the test, but you can expect to receive between 3,000 and 4,000 dollars for a month’s testing.

However, the number of tests is limited to 3 per year. This can be more than enough to provide you with a good income supplement.

No diploma or other professional training is required to become a tester; all you need to do is assess your health before starting a test.


Being a bailiff is a very complicated job on several levels, which explains why so few people are able to do it.

You need to :

  • Long, difficult and time-consuming studies
  • Put up with the image that sticks to you
  • Be mentally strong in tricky situations

Let’s focus on the last two points. Bailiffs don’t enjoy a very glowing image in society, often seen as heartless people whose sole aim is to apply the law, even if it means putting people in complicated situations.

These are the very situations you have to deal with as a bailiff: evicting someone from their home, for example, because the rent is no longer being paid, is not necessarily a pleasant task.

And yet, it‘s a job that pays a lot of money: $7500 net per month on average! Plenty to console you.

Crime scene cleaner

It’s an unknown, high paying profession, but that’s probably why nobody wants to do it.

But after a crime has been committed and the police have intervened, someone is needed to clean up the scene, and that’s where the crime scene cleaner comes in!

His job is simple: to clean, tidy and disinfect the place where the crime took place.

If the job may seem trivial, it’s really a job for professionals, but don’t forget how difficult it can be: a crime scene can end up in a mess, with lots of breakages, liquid stains, blood, smells…

In the end, it’s probably because of all these factors that crime scene cleaners aren’t on the streets, despite attractive salaries: a crime scene cleaner earns 4,100 dollars gross per month at the start of his or her career.

No specific qualifications are required for this job, but training in industrial cleaning or bio-cleaning is highly valued.


You may be unfamiliar with this profession if you’re not familiar with the world of agriculture, but the inseminator has an essential role to play: assisting cattle, pig and sheep breeders in the reproduction of their livestock.

His role doesn’t end with advice, quite the opposite. As an inseminator, he literally “inseminates” the animals to give rise to assisted reproduction. There’s also the job of managing the calendar, to make sure that his tasks are carried out at the right time.

In concrete terms, the inseminator carries out all the operations leading up to insemination himself: he collects the sperm from a breeding male, chaffs it, stores it, checks it, transports it and injects it into the female.

Does that make you dream less now?

In terms of salary, an entry-level inseminator can expect to earn 1,700 dollars gross per month, not including bonuses.

To enter this profession, you’ll need to train in animal husbandry or agriculture, then specialize in animal reproduction.

Sanitation operator

Behind this name, which doesn’t say much about the nature of the work performed, lies an important profession : the cleaners of our public environments, such as sewers, septic tanks, wastewater pipes…

You may come across them on a street corner in specialized trucks called hydrocureurs: parked next to a pipe, they can vacuum septic tanks or descend into the sewers to carry out more delicate operations.

While sanitation operators earn minimum wage when they start out, they can also receive a number of bonuses depending on the nature of the operations they perform (accidents, special interventions, etc.).

It’s a job that doesn’t require any great qualifications, and can be done with a CAP.

Finally, there are many salary disparities between professions! You now have an overview of the qualifications required to work in these well-paid professions that nobody wants to do.

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