Mike Rowe’s Resume

posted: 04/11/12
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Mike Rowe

That's right — you asked. He answered. Mike put together his resume´ at the request of fans. See how his past job experience stacks up and be sure to check out his official bio too.


Host, Discovery Channel's DIRTY JOBS

No Known Address


To work more jobs than anyone else on the face of the earth. To toil in every state. To labor as an apprentice with regular men and women, doing the kind of jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us. To laugh. To sweat. To collapse. To laugh some more. To prove that hard work and fun can sometimes co-exist.


Creator, Executive Producer and Host, Discovery Channel's DIRTY JOBS (2005 - present)

— Initiated a hands-on way to pay tribute to a nation of unsung heroes

— Conclusively demonstrated that fun and hard work are two sides of the same coin

— Confirmed the value of delayed gratification, sacrifice, hard work, good humor and optimism

— Launched hit show on the most trusted station in network television

— Sustained numerous injuries and multiple humiliations while performing the dirtiest jobs America has to offer

Projects in this role have included 200 Dirty Jobs and counting.

Alligator Farmer

Alligator Egg Harvester

Alligator Snapping Turtle Researcher

Alpaca Shearer

Animal Control Specialist

Animal Renderer

Avian Vomitologist

Bat Biologist's Assistant

Bee Keeper

Big Animal Veterinarian

Bird Food Maker

Bird Tagger

Bloodworm Digger

Bug Breeder

Camel Rancher

Cave Biologist

Chain Metal Suit Tester

Chick Sexer

Chicken Buster

Cow Birther

Cow Feed Lot Worker

Cow Hoof Trimmer

Cow Nutritionist

Cricket Farmer

Dairy Cow Midwife

Dog Groomer

Duck Wrangler

Dung Beetle Researcher

Exotic Animal Keeper

Fainting Goats Farmer

Goat Milk Soap Maker

Goose Down Plucker

Hippo Wrangler

Horse Farrier

Horse Inseminator

Island Horse Keeper

Maggot Farmer

Mealworm Farmer

Monkey Rehab Worker

Mosquito Control Officer

Necropsy Tech (sharks)

Ostrich Farmer

Penguin Keeper

Pest Control Technician

Pig Farmer

Pregnant Cow Examiner

Reindeer Dentist

Reindeer Farmer

Shark Repellant Tester

Shark Spotter/Researcher

Shark Tagger

Shark Taxidermist

Shark Wrangler

Sheep Docker

Sled Dog Breeder

Slime Eel Fisher

Snake Breeder

Snake Researcher

Snake Wrangler

Spider Venom Extractor

Termite Exterminator

Turkey Farmer

Turkey Inseminator

Turkey Racer

Wild Goose Swabber

Worm Grunter

Yak Farmer

Zoo Keeper


Billboard Installer

Bridge Painter

Chimney Sweeper

Concrete Chipper

Demolition Man

Elevator Repair Technician

Fire Overhauler

Frac Tank Refurbisher

Hot Tar Roofer

House Mover

Hydro Dam Mechanic

Mastic Slinger

Mule Logger

Parade Float Demolition Worker


Spray Installation

Well Digger

Wine Barrel Maker

Wine Cave Digger

BBQ Smoker

Bologna Maker

Brewery Vat Cleaner

Candy Factory Worker

Casino Buffet Recycler

Cheese Maker

Coffee Bean Picker

Cranberry Farmer

Dirty Chip Maker

Egg Farmer

Maple Syrup Maker

Micro Algae Farmer

Mushroom Grower

Olive Oil Presser

Potato Farmer

Rice Plantation Worker

Sausage Maker

Smokehouse Worker

Sugar Cane Farmer

Taro Farmer

Tofu Maker

Walnut Harvester


Aqua Cleaner

Abandoned Mine Worker

Barge Demolition Worker

Bell Maker

Biodiesel Fuel Maker

Cactus Mover

Car Crusher

Cave Cleaner

Cobb Home Builder

Dirt Sterilizer

Fluid Pumper

Geothermal Driller

Hotel Keeper

House Deconstruction Worker

Hydro Seed/Erosion Control Technician

Malibu Creek Clean-Up Crewman

Mastic Slinger

Mobile Home Breakdown Worker

Mud Shampooer

Poo Pot Maker

Put-In-Bay Seaweed Harvester

Reef Ball Worker

San Francisco Debris Collector

Sludge Remover

Storm Drain Cleaner

Tank Liner Cleaner

Tar Pit Cleaner

Transfer Station Utility Worker

Tundra Turd Burner

Tree Stump Remover

Wine Maker

Wind Farm Technician


Brick Maker

Charcoal Maker

Coal Miner

Coke Hopper Cleaner

Concrete Stamping

Copper Foundry Worker

Gourd Maker

Jug Pot Maker

Leather Tanner

Lithograph Press Worker

Mannequin Maker

Marble Quarrier

Printing Pressman

Rock Quarrier

Rooftop Cooper Worker

Salt Miner

Salvage Worker

Scrap Metal Worker

Shingle Maker

Special Effects Mask Maker

Steel Mill Worker

Stone Cutter

Terra Cotta Maker

Underwater Logger

Vellum Maker


Buoy Cleaner

Boat Mooring Repairman

Catfish Noodler

Crab Fisherman

Crawfish Catcher

Fish Gutter

Floating Fish Processor

Geoduck Harvester

Ice Salvage Worker

Kelp Harvester

Lobster Fisherman

Marine Mammal Rescuer

Marine Salvager

Mussel Harvester

Oyster Fisherman

Oyster Shucker

Salmon Carcass Counter

Seabass Fisherman


Stamford Water Barrier Repairman

Steam Ship Boiler Cleaner

Tar Rigger

Yacht Builder


Heating Oil Tank Remover

Mud Driller

Oil Tank Removal Technician

Tank Lining Technician

Oil Field Roughneck

Snow Oil Separator


Diaper Cleaner

Disaster Clean-Up Crewman

Garbage Collector

Gum Remover

Odor Eater

Road Kill Remover

Septic Tank Cleaner

Sewage Treatment Plant Operator

Sewer Inspector

Skull Cleaner

Transfer Utility Station Worker

Waste Engineer

Water Tank Cooper


Erosion Control Technician

Lava Evaluator

Mud Mineral Excavator

Worm Poop Rancher


BBQ Smoker

BBQ Cleaner

Baseball Mud Gatherer

Bowie Bay Sox Baseball Groundskeeper

Crew Cruise Director

Golf Ball Collector/Diver

Pipe Organ Cleaner

Spa Mud Mixer

Special Effects Artist/Victim

Surfboard Shaper

Current Endeavors

CEO of (and frequent blogger on) (2008 - present) Mike has launched a "call to arms" in the hope of redefining our nation's dysfunctional relationship with work. is currently focused on the decline in the trades and the crumbling state of the infrastructure (and, no, he is not running for office).

In Cleaner Days

* Sang professionally with the Baltimore Opera

* Fired repeatedly from the QVC Cable Shopping Channel

* Hosted Worst Case Scenario for TBS, On-Air TV for American Airlines, The Most for the History Channel, No Relation for FOX, Romantic Escapes for TLC and New York Expeditions for PBS

* Current spokesman for Ford Trucks and narrator of Deadliest Catch


Very low maintenance. Unusually prompt.


Nothing credible.

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