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We put this on the dirty jobs list because it involves other people's sweat and occasionally some...um...heavy lifting. You also have to work hard to keep yourself in shape at all times, and you spend most of your time hanging around a locker room at the gym.
However, there's a lot to be said for helping others adopt healthier habits. You might not get the praise and instant hero-worship of a firefighter, but if the Biggest Loser has taught us anything, it's that personal trainers can sometimes be the difference between life and an early grave.
Whether you're affiliated with a gym or working independently, some states require personal training certification.