Horrible Canadian Jobs You Want To Avoid

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Crime Scene Cleaner

This job is not for the weak hearted. It has to be one of the more disgusting jobs no matter where you go in the world.

What the job entitles you to do is to attend crime scenes after police and forensics have went over everything. Only then are you ready to get to work cleaning up the crime scene.

First, the clean team enters the property or crime scene and start by removing body parts. Sometimes the body parts, which include nose, ears and teeth, can be spread all around the scene. Usually after the body parts are removed from the scene, the team then removes anything that has been contaminated by either blood or other bodily fluids like floor tiles, rugs, baseboards and so on. Then the scene of the accident is cleaned and sprayed with a disinfectants and air fresheners.

Those steps have to be taken to help kill any unpleasant odors left from the crime.

Not a job for me or something my stomach could handle but average pay for this line of works starts at around $50,500 depending where you live, operate and how much experience you have. Not bad but again I could not do it!

Sewer Inspector

Welcome to the world of sewer inspection. This is one of the most disgusting, dangerous and just down right sick jobs that have to be done.

What this jobs duty use to consist of was to crawl down into small claustrophobic conditions and crawl through tunnels and tiny spaces. It is dark, wet, and filled with rats, roaches, and full of human waste, which you walk or crawl to get through it.

Once down there the sewer inspector checks for breaks and cracks in the lining of the sewer wall. This is not the most glorious of jobs but never the less it has to be done.

The starting wage for a sewer inspector depends on your experience, location and the sewer system but usually the pay starts around $34,000 yearly. Just last year a sewer inspector in Hampton, N.H. made $61,058.

All right pay but again not a job I would enjoy or even could possibly do.

Mortician “Undertaker”

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The modern profession of being a mortician started in England in the 1700’s and has continued on to this day. Although back in the day the undertaker did not do what nearly a “Mortician” does now.

I personally have a friend of the family who is an “Undertaker” or “Mortician” and he says it is one of the most disturbing jobs you can have. While dealing with dead bodies there are many factors you have to take into consideration.

My friend claims that the worst days of being in that line of work are, when small children come in that have been involved in accidents. He had many heart breaking stories of children who had been in bad accidents or murdered that he has had to embalm and prepare for viewing.

In addition, my friend informed me you have to handle the bodies with extreme care because although they might be deceased you can still catch parasites for the body. He also told me once he forgot to wear his gloves and ended up getting crabs from a body. Just one of the horror stories he told me.

What an Undertakers job is is to bring in the body and lay it down on a steel draining table. Once clothes are removed and the body is washed, 2 tubes are placed in the body. One tube is to remove any human liquids and waste from inside the body while the other one pumps in a solution that is called “Formaldehyde”. What this does is preserves the body from decaying and smelling. “Formaldehyde has many other uses as well like on warts.

After the embalming process is complete, the body is dressed and make up is applied to make the body look like it is more less alive.

What is the average salary for the Mortician? Well like any other job, it depends on location and experience but usually starting pay is about $21.75 an hour. The whole process is much more detailed then what I described but this will give you an overall picture what its like to be a “Mortician”.


Farming is one of Canada’s lively hoods and a lot of the population depends on our farmers. I know from first hand how hard these people work and how little the pay can be if the weather or any other devastation happens in the area.

Farmers work pretty much a 20-hour day with very little breaks in between. In order to be a successful farmer you have to have knowledge in many areas or the farm will not produce anything. You have to be able to treat and see problems in your live stock, you need mechanical skills to keep the farm and equipment running smoothly, have to keep your bills and books in order, fill quotes, pay property taxes and the list is endless.

Farming today is a thankless job with very low pay. With the weather constantly changing and diseases, farmers barely have a chance to make a profit. I loved the hard work of farming but the truth was it just was not pay the bills.

A farm labourer can earn anywhere from $8 an hour to $30.

Flat Roofer “Tar Roofing”

Here is a really tough and horrible job if there ever was one. I was a flat roofer for the last 7 years and yes although it is horrible, hard, dirty, long, very hot and dangerous but I loved it. Many people will disagree with me but I found flat roofing to be one of the most satisfying and enjoyable jobs I ever had.

You constantly change scenery, meet new people and it keeps your body fit. There are many drawbacks of tar roofing though. Many companies here in Canada pay well but roofing is seasonal and there are no benefits. Also working at such high heights in extreme heat is dangerous. It is very demanding work and punishes your body.

What flat roofing involves is going up on a roof and removing the old tar and gravel that is there. This takes anywhere from an hour or two depending on the size of the roof.

Once that’s done then its time to start bring up the roofing materials which are usually metal to cover the edges, paper rolls which will cover large areas of the roof , and gravel to help with drainage when the roof is done. While doing this you have a thing called either a “Tar Pot” or “Kettle” that is on the ground being heated to 450 degrees.

A tar pot or kettle should never be heated to 500 degrees because that is the flash point or the point it can combust and start fire. While it is heating, someone should be breaking either 50lbs or 100lbs blocks of tar and placing them very gently into the kettle. The kettle will quickly melt it down to a very thick and hot black liquid. Hot tar is 5 times hotter then boiling water and can burn you instantly. Once the tar is hot then it’s either pumped to the roof or carried up a ladder by a labourer to the person on top that’s mopping.

Mopping the tar out is a lot like mopping the floor except the weight of the tar and the mop get to about 80lbs and you have to spread it fast and lay the base sheets before it cools or you will not get a seal.

Finally, the metal is put on around the edges of the building to give it a better seal, appearance, then the gravel is placed out evenly, and thinly so water can drain evenly instead of sitting in one spot. Again hard work and I enjoyed it very much but the downsides are you can be burned badly, you can fall, weather affects how much you work, and the smoke from the melting tar can badly damage your lungs. The pay rates on this job various depending on your experience, the size of the job and company and how fast you work.

A labourer will usually start out around $12 an hour to $15 and a more experience roofer might get anywhere between $25 an hour to $35 for starting.

Porta Potty Cleaner

No matter where you go in the world, eventually you will be able to find a company that specializes in this kind of work. I myself have never tried this line of work nor do I think I will be in the future, no matter how well it pays.

Welcome to the job of the porta potty cleaners. First, we all know what a porta potty is right. Well for those who do not, those portable bathrooms you find at major sporting events and fairs are usually green and smell bad.

Well the cleaner’s job starts with them putting on a suit “Of Course” to minimize the exposure to the human feces and other waste contained with the holding tank. First, the cleaners remove all clumps of toilet paper or other waste that has been shoved down in the tank then the feces is vacuumed out. Usually there is waste on the walls and the cleaners always find urine on them to so they spray every surface with a degreasing agent, then scrubbed it down well and wash it out with hot water and a pressure sprayer.

After it dry’s the cleaners, give it a quick spray down with a scented solution to neutralize the cleaning agent smells. A professional cleaner can finish one porta potty in 3 minutes depending on the mess and upwards to 50 a day.

The annual pay is about $50,000 plus full benefits depending on the area and experience.


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