9 jobs you shouldn't overlook

By Alina Dizik,

Some jobs can have negative stigmas, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't give them a second glance when you're conducting your search. In fact, many jobs that seem unappealing from the get-go actually provide workers with a favorable work-life balance and other perks. To retain employees, many careers with negative stigmas offer better-than-usual incentives to draw in job seekers.

Here are nine jobs that deserve a second look.
Collecting garbage can be smelly work, but if you can handle the mess of dealing with other people's trash, there are also outstanding perks involved. Most garbage collectors have impressive benefits and health insurance, while bringing in over $50,000 per year. With only a high school education required, this can be a flexible choice for those looking for a career lift.
The career requires a degree in mortuary science and can be a good choice for a science buff and someone who likes working with people. Many funeral directors run their own businesses, and it's ideal for those who want to skip the hassle of dealing with a boss. While the job can bring up sad feelings it's also rewarding because you're helping families in a time of need.
Cleaning teeth isn't often on the list of most-wanted jobs, but it shouldn't be overlooked. Dental hygienists enjoy working flexible hours and have plenty of opportunities for part-time work. Employment of hygienists is expected to grow by 36 percent by 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Working with individuals who have been arrested, correctional officers have some of the toughest jobs. While there are definite downsides with maintaining order in correctional institutions, it can also be a rewarding way to spend your work hours. There is plenty of room for advancement within the correctional system and you'll be sure to get great management experience as you move up the ladder.  
Driving long distances to deliver or pick-up cargo can be a demanding job that's often overlooked. In reality, a truck-driving career deserves a second glance for both the flexibility and pay. Education requirements are minimal but a state-issued Commercial Driver's License is a must. Many drivers say the opportunity to travel also makes this a more exciting career.
This home improvement job typically requires a four-year apprenticeship for those wanting to become an electrician. While the job can seem redundant, electricians actually work with many different types of projects including commercial building, machines and electric utility company distribution systems. Many electricians also run their own business and enjoy building up their craft and customer base.
Plumbing problems can be intimidating to tackle every day, but being a plumber has a definite upside. For one, plumbers have a flexible schedule and a job that provides stable benefits while being in-demand and resistant to downturns. Craftsmanship is also an important part of the job and plumbers often form strong business ties when they gain a reputation for consistently performing excellent work. Most plumbers value the stability of their field and enjoy the ability to connect with customers.
Typically working in manufacturing environments, inspectors help to insure that products are made to appropriate standards. While the job can seem boring, many quality control workers appreciate being involved during every part of production and learning about new developments. Other titles with a similar role include sorters, testers and weighers. Some inspectors have opportunities to work with prototypes and never-before-seen equipment, which can give workers an inside scoop on upcoming products.

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