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Becoming a veterinarian takes years of education and training, and ensuring the health of man’s best friend is a noble profession. Believe me, no one was more willing than I to fork over $450 when my dog, Sunny, ate 3 lbs of coffee grounds and had to be hospitalized. Yet veterinarians, for the most part, work in clean, well-lit environments with domesticated animals. While they may be on call for emergencies, their hours are relatively predictable and the pay is above average as well. Click here for more info about this job.
Pest controllers also work with animals. Wild ones. They are often forced to squeeze themselves into small, dark spaces to extricate mice, rats, raccoons, bees, bugs, and other creepy-crawlies. They often work with dangerous chemicals or traps, and run the risk of being bitten or stung. If you’ve ever called a pest controller in the wee hours of the morning to take care of a bat infestation in your bedroom (guilty), you know their hours are far from predictable.
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