Someone's Gotta Love It

People employed in dirty work have a lot to teach us, says its most famous chronicler

As the host of the Popular Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel, Mike Rowe has taken on some of the most disgusting and dangerous work, including shark-suit tester (ouch!) and sewage-treatment worker (ick!). After more than 150 of these jobs, Rowe has developed special insights into the nature of work, which he shared with TIME's Kathleen Adams.

Why do people do dirty jobs?

Personal gratification. The evidence that they've made a contribution. These people take great pride in what they do. Everyone I've met who has a dirty job knows that if you removed them from the chain, then the whole thing...

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