Top 10 Germiest Jobs....are you one of these? If so...hope you're washing your hands!
10. Teacher/Day Care Aide
Teachers had six times more germs in their workspace than accountants, the second-place finisher, with slightly cleaner desks but five-and-a-half times more germs on their phones, nearly twice as many germs on their computer mice and nearly 27 times more germs on their computer keyboards than the other professions studied.
9. Bank Employee/Cashier
Teachers can get sick from the germy papers their students hand in to them. For bank tellers and cashiers, much of their jobs involve handling dirty pieces of currency from all types of customers.
8. Tech Support/Computer Repair
Of course, the primary reason that a keyboard has so much more bacteria on it than a toilet seat has more to do with how frequently it is cleaned than the germs it is exposed to. Janitors often don't clean individual desks because they are considered a private space.
The spread of germs in hospitals has become such a concern that new programs are trying to enlist patients to remind their health care providers to practice good hygiene.While innovations may help hospitals get rid of germs, they also may help in spreading them. The push for electronic medical records may add to the risk of germ transfer in hospitals.
6. Lab Scientist
Infectious bacteria and viruses may be something we try to avoid in our lives, but for many lab scientists, it's part of the job.
5. Police Officer
"From historical evidence, we know that those people that have more direct contact, and people in the service industry, have a greater chance of getting the flu and cold," said Palen. And while that can include people who need to greet others, it can include public safety officers we would hope meet fewer people on a day-to-day basis.
4. Animal Control Officer
Farmers, agricultural workers and anyone with enough exposure to live animals can pick up diseases from them. In addition to rabies, animal control officers can be exposed to other diseases, even when an animal is not present, such as when they are called in to clean up dead animals or animal waste. But cleaning that waste is essential, as a variety of parasites can be contracted by children who are exposed to feces.
Janitors and plumbers encounter many other people's germs -- and can sometimes be responsible for getting rid of them. Surfaces are responsible for a lot of the germs we pick up, and janitors and plumbers face no shortage of germy surfaces.
2. Sanitation Worker
In some professions, workers are literally surrounded by germs at all times. Few would question the germiness of a job where workers have to deal with solid waste all day. In a profession like this, the problem may be in bringing germs home with them.
When you bring meat home from a supermarket, you cook it and clean any surfaces it touched to avoid salmonella and E. coli. But what if, instead of a few steaks, you were dealing with an entire carcass amounting to hundreds of pounds of meat? Such is the situation faced by workers in meatpacking plants. And while they may get to wear protection against those microbes, it isn't always enough.