They live in a world of creepy-crawlies, collecting the flies, maggots and beetles that live off the dead.
Because it's such a macabre profession, forensic entomology this Halloween season has been dubbed the scariest job of 2010 by Careercast.com, a job-search website. In winning that dubious distinction, it edged out jobs such as communications tower technician, bomb squad technician, crime scene decontamination technician and medical test subject.
Not surprisingly, John Wallace disagrees.
The Millersville University professor is one of 15 forensic entomologists in the world certified by the American Board of Forensic Entomology.
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