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'Dirty Jobs' Make for a Fun But Messy Resume

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'Dirty Jobs' Make for a Fun But Messy Resume

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As host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe has traveled to the nation's filthiest places of employment. Discovery Channel hide caption

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As host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe has traveled to the nation's filthiest places of employment.

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Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs, talks about what it's like to be knee- and elbow-deep in some of the grittiest jobs around.

Now in its fourth season, the show has followed Rowe as he has tried his hand at more than 175 very messy occupations — from cleaning up toxic sewer leaks, to collecting owl vomit, to performing some dentistry on a llama with an abscessed tooth.

What keeps him coming back for more? Rowe says he is motivated by his appreciation for dirt, his desire to honor the common American, and his respect for his father and grandfather, who labored side-by-side on manual tasks.

Finding the Best Dirty Work in the Country

Finding the Best Dirty Work in the Country

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"The most important jobs in all polite society — in all civilized society — are always the dirtiest jobs." That's the sentiment of Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs, a new series on the Discovery Channel.

We get the dirt on some of the dirtiest jobs the country has to offer with Rowe. He brings a gung-ho viewpoint to work that is often overlooked — and he manages to see the bright side: "If you're a sewer inspector for instance, in San Francisco, it's a pretty good job," with good city benefits, he says.