18 High Paying Jobs People Don’t Want To Do

Ever peeked into careers with paychecks so chunky, they have their own gravitational pull, but wondered why job listings are still up? Today, we’re rolling out the red carpet to the 18 “Thanks, but no thanks” jobs offering big bucks yet facing not-so-eager takers.

Oil Rig Worker

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Oil rig workers are rolling in the green but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Imagine clocking into a shift with grueling labor, isolation, and a generous sprinkle of danger. It’s like Mother Nature and manual labor teamed up to test your limits, every single day.

Alaskan King Crab Fisherman

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The deadliest catch, literally! Braving icy waters and frosty winds isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Toss in the astronomical injury rate, and it’s a job as inviting as a polar plunge on a frosty morning, despite the financial lure.

Sewer Inspector

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Fancy a stroll in underground tunnels with a cocktail of odors that are, well, unforgettable? Sewer inspectors earn their keep and then some, but at the cost of meandering through our waste underworld. A fat paycheck, sure, but your scent-sibilities might object!

Bomb Squad Technician

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Diffusing tension is one thing, but diffusing bombs is a whole other ballpark. It pays well, but the stakes? Sky-high! Every day is a dance with danger. If adrenaline rushes came with salary slips, this job would be a billionaire.

Hazmat Diver

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Swimming in chemicals and toxins, hazmat divers aren’t exactly finding Nemo. With potential health risks and an environment that’s the opposite of a serene ocean dive, those dollars earned aren’t exactly easy, breezy, or even particularly pleasing.

Mining Operator

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Miles beneath the Earth’s surface isn’t the typical office view. It’s dark, dusty, and can be dangerous. Mining operators pull in some serious cash, but many prefer sunlight and less hazardous surroundings, thank you very much.

Cell Tower Climber

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Ever wanted to touch the sky? Cell tower climbers get close, but with heights that would make your palms sweaty just thinking about it. It’s not just climbing; it’s repairing intricate equipment, way up there. Vertigo, stay away!

Long-Haul Truck Driver

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Cross-country trips sound fun until you’re hauling heavy loads, clocking in insane hours, and your backseat companion is solitude. The road is long, the nights longer, and though the pay is generous, many give this job a hard pass.

Power Line Installer

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Fancy hanging mid-air, juggling live wires? Didn’t think so. Power line installers have nerves of steel and the paychecks to match. But, the height and electrocution risks make many prefer jobs that keep both feet safely on the ground.

Logger

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Logging is more than just chopping wood; it’s grappling with heavy machinery and uneven terrains. The paycheck is handsome, but the physical toll and danger element have people saying, “I’m good, nature – keep your trees and my limbs intact.”

Stunt Double

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Jumping off buildings and crashing cars for Hollywood’s finest is as thrilling as risky. Yes, the bank account grows, but so does the injury list. Despite the cash, many opt for less bone-crunching ways to earn their bread.

Pesticide Handler

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Handling chemicals that make pests sprint for the hills is lucrative but not without its hazards. Health concerns linked to exposure have potential candidates saying, “Maybe not,” to the wad of cash dangled before them.

Medical Test Subject

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Being a guinea pig for medical advances pays surprisingly well. But the side effects and the whole “let’s try this new thing that might or might not work” vibe? A bit too sci-fi for the average job seeker.

High-Rise Window Cleaner

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Cleaning windows isn’t so bad, right? Add “hundreds of feet above ground” to the mix, and it’s a different story. Despite the pay, the idea of dangling from skyscrapers, cleaning windows, gives many potential employees serious pause.

Landfill Operator

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Landfills operators are like the unsung heroes of waste management, with paychecks to prove it. But, as you can guess, the aroma isn’t roses and lavender. Many decide that no amount of money is worth that olfactory onslaught.

Construction Worker on Skyscrapers

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Building the towering cityscapes has its perks – the view and the pay. But the dizzying heights and risks involved make many keep their job search firmly at ground level. It’s a ‘look up, not climb up’ sort of deal.

Private Military Contractor

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Private military gigs? Big bucks! But, it’s also a journey into war zones, conflict areas, and places where danger is the neighbor. It’s not a job you walk into without considering the intense physical and mental toll it extracts.

Crematory Operator

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Dealing with the departed is a well-paying job, but it’s not everyone’s first choice, or second, or third. The emotional toll and, well, the obvious, make it a profession that despite the pay, has people looking elsewhere for employment.

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