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10 Dirty Jobs That Are Brutally Competitive

Not only are these jobs dirty, but the competition is incredibly strong. Check out some of the dirtiest and most competitive jobs from all ends of the spectrum. And for the ultimate competition, make sure you tune into Wicked Tuna. Season premiere, April 1st at 10pm, only on Nat Geo Channel.

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1. Deep Sea Tuna Fisher

Bill Brine / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: 8099556@N08

Fishing is a hard life! And Nat Geo Channel's new show, Wicked Tuna, documents the most skilled fishermen for 10 weeks while they set out in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic in hopes of catching the valuable Bluefin tuna. When one bluefin can bring in as much as $20,000, a dirty and dangerous job can all be worth it.

2. Exterminator

Anders Sandberg / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: arenamontanus

If you can't beat em', kill em'. The bug industry is pretty gross, but that's why they're exterminating them, one bug at a time. You may ask yourself, "Who would want to be an exterminator?" But as might you imagine, the demand is high and the competition is fierce, especially in cities that are known for having critter problems.

4. Hunter and Trapper

Frits van der Meer / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: fvdmeer

While little-to-no education is needed in order to become a hunter and trapper, the job can be extremely grueling, given the extreme physical requirements and harsh working conditions.

5. Advertising Exec

ricciofix / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: ricciofix

While you may not walk out of the office covered in filth, advertising is an extremely competitive field. An Ad Exec is responsible for keeping the client and the ad agency on the same page, and sometimes it can get pretty hairy. Just ask Don.

6. Professional Bull Rider

Diana Robinson / CC BY-ND http://2.0 / Flickr: dianasch

Here's one profession that's brutally competitive, dirty, and can also make you big bucks. Although anyone can buy a membership to compete, few will earn the opportunity to make it to the finals.

7. Competitive Eater

Michael Bisberg / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: helloturkeytoe

How many professional eaters do you know? Here's one profession that can be lucrative if you've got the skills, but extremely messy and competitive. Plus, you might have to go up against a champ like Kobayashi. Good luck!


Jonathan Haynes / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: jonathancharles

For some, the rise to the top has been smooth and painless. But for others, the climb has been nothing but challenges and hard times. Acting is one field where there are never any guarantees, and in order to be successful, sometimes you have to break the rules.


Jeff Kubina / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: kubina

Find yourself going to Medieval Times a little more often than you should? Then Jousting might be the career for you. Due to its highly competitive nature, few will ever rise through the ranks of this extremely specialized field.


Trevor Botting / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: static

How many famous wrestlers do you know of? And how many of them have had lasting careers? This sport is the definition of "dirty." And since it takes great physical abilities, the competition is incredibly stiff.