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Chick sexer and other dirty jobs

By Rachel Farrell,
Window cleaners scrape some nasty stuff off the glass.
Window cleaners scrape some nasty stuff off the glass.
  • There are good, bad, high-paying, blue-collar and very dirty jobs out there
  • Window washers scrape dirt, bird feces, bug guts and other debris off glass
  • Chick sexers squeeze feces out of chick to look in rectum for telltale bump
  • Farriers work on horses' hooves which are coated in mud and manure

( -- No one likes labels -- not even jobs. But truthfully, it's how we categorize them: good, bad, high-paying, blue-collar, smelly, quiet, creative, full time -- every job belongs somewhere.

Even the dirty ones.

Just look at Mike Rowe. Rowe worked for several years in the entertainment industry until he decided to try something new. So, the idea of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" was born. And not only did Rowe get to try something new, he got to try lots of things dirty.

"The air is full of crap and dander and teetering little birds, most of which get mulched up. It's a heck of a thing," Rowe said in an interview with Spirit magazine. "But it's very possible to do very well doing that job that no one else wants to do, and enjoy it."

We couldn't agree more, so we found a few jobs to fit the bill. To clarify, we don't want to say that just because you work as a septic tank cleaner or worm farmer, you're dirty. We're talking about the jobs that, at a glance, seem like something no one else wants to do, but that you can take great pride in.

After all, you know what they say: It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it. Why not you?

Here are five jobs that will let you get your hands dirty:

Window washer

At first glance, a job as a window washer may not seem dirty, but after all, the core of the job is to clean a dirty surface. You'll start at the top and rappel your way down the side of the building, squeegeeing your way to clean. And when you think of the dirt, bird feces, bug guts and other debris you'll find on your way down -- cleaning windows may not be so clean after all.

Chick sexer

"Chick sexer" is a fairly literal job title -- essentially, you determine whether a chick is male or female. But the order in which you do so is what makes this job dirty. Vent sexing involves squeezing the feces out of the chick to open up the chick's rectum. Then you'll look to see if the chick has a small "bump," which would indicate that the chick is a male.

Medical examiner

Medical examiners perform autopsies on corpses to determine the cause and manner of death. But the method behind this is -- graphic, for lack of a better word. Not only are you dealing with the deceased, but you're literally elbow deep in that person's body.


"As a farrier, you'll specialize in hoof care for horses, including including the trimming and balancing of a horse's hoof and the placing of shoes to the horse's foot. What's the dirty factor? For one, you're working with feet -- horses feet at that. Second, those feet are covered in mud and manure -- both of which you're charged with cleaning.

Baggage handler

Aside from being helpful and laborious, these workers aren't afraid to get their hands dirty. Baggage handlers load and unload suitcases, luggage and other cargo -- all of which carry endless amounts of germs, dirt, dust and other substances.

Ultimately, Rowe says a willingness to "get dirty" can help workers in the long run.

"You can follow your bliss however you want in your life, but maybe that's not the best way to choose a job or a career. Nobody follows their passion into waste water treatment or window washing," he said to Spirit.

"People are going to need to be willing to do work for work's sake and find their happiness in learning to enjoy a job that they might not have dreamed about their entire lives. And that's OK. There's nothing wrong with hard work or a dirty job."