4) Pest Control Worker
A pest control worker’s job is to inspect and treat an area with unwanted pests using chemicals. This job is not for those who get squeamish around creepy crawlies. Field work entails investigating the site of infestation and getting up close and personal with rodents, roaches, ants, bees and termites. There are health risks involved in working with toxic chemicals, as well. Pesticide safety training is required and protective respiratory gear is sometimes needed. The BLS shows little to no change in terms of job growth by 2024 (1% decrease). The 2016 median pay was $33,040 which equals less than $16/hour. This is a low paying job that sometimes requires evening and weekend work. A high school diploma is the sole pre-requisite. Got a passion for pests? Go ahead and apply. If not, this is a relatively thankless job in terms of compensation and work environment.