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The Worst Jobs in Science Part II

Below is the latest crop of bad science jobs:

• Anal-Wart Researcher
• Worm Parasitologist
• Lab-Animal Veterinarian
• Tampon Squeezer
• Landfill Monitor
• K-25 Demolition Worker
• Ecologist at St. John’s Harbor
• Iraqi Archaeologist
• Tick Dragger
• Nurse
• Computer Help-Desk Tech (Did polarbee nominate her job?)
• Congressional Science Fellow
• Public-School Science Teacher
• Nosologist
• Root Sorter
• Crank
• Television Meteorologist

I definitely feel for the anal-wart researchers, landfill monitors and lab-animal vets. But it's kind of hard to feel sorry for television meteorologists.

This list definitely makes me appreciate my job!



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Nov. 22nd, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
television meteorologists? ha! I had no idea that's a science. Snark. And what exactly does 30% of POP mean? Should I take my umbrella or should I not? They just say that to cover their asses - if it's sunny, they're right, if it's rainy, they're right!
Nov. 22nd, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC)
I take great umbrage at both your entry and the response above. Meteorologists work too damn hard to ensure accurate forecasts to have novices who half-understand the forecast tell them how to do their job. Five-day forecasts have reached an accuracy level of 85%, far and above the accuracy only twenty years ago. Errors will occur with any prognostication of any sort, so when a met makes a mistake, it's not because he's stupid or has no idea how weather works. It's because there will always be a factor of uncertainty in atmospheric behavior that make the forecast only a general guideline for the next day's weather conditions, not a take-to-the-bank-accurate-to-seven-decimal-places-for-sure mathematical certainty. It cannot be done, and for people to come in and poke fun at mets for something they cannot control is asinine at best. Without television meteorologists people would have no idea about tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms and other weather emergencies, and deaths related to such would skyrocket. For many, television meteorologists represent that barrier between life and death; and if you don't believe me, ask the hundreds of Alabamians whose lives have been saved by accurate forecasts and warnings from those bastards, TV weather forecasters.

The compilers need to take another look at this list and straighten out their priorities.
Nov. 23rd, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
I like meteorologists (watch way too much Weather Channel to not like them) but I don't feel sorry for them. I think they have cool jobs. Much better than a worm parasitologist...
Nov. 24th, 2004 09:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I was being a bit harsh, I'm sure. I apologize for that. But I have to put up constantly with people berating mets becuase they think all we do is sit on our hands and then cobble together a half-assed forecast. It's a terrible misconception, and one that is wholly undeserved. It just gets under my skin, you know.
Nov. 23rd, 2004 07:20 am (UTC)
Being a help desk tech's not so bad, at least around here. It pays well, and my clients are generally truly appreciative, and take advice well. That, and some of them are quite attractive... ;)
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