The Sanitation Department received a huge spike in applicants this year, with more than 94,000 having applied to haul away the city's detritus.
Wannabe sanitation workers had until Friday to register for a mandatory exam, and interest was higher than at any point in the last 20 years—in 1993, more than 101,000 applicants registered, the Daily News reports.
"We have long felt that Sanitation workers have one of the best jobs in the city, and we are thrilled so many people took the opportunity to try and join the ranks,” Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia told the tabloid.
It may be one of the best jobs in the city, but only a fraction of applicants will get a shot in the first place: A spokesperson tells us the DSNY only hires around 500 new workers per year, to "accommodate attrition."
The test is administered every four years, but that's just the beginning. Applicants must then complete a test of physical strength, and, then, having proven their ability to lug a 30-pound trashcan or goat carcass, they are ranked by overall score. Then they can wait and wait and wait, and, pending a medical exam and acquiring a commercial driver's license, they may actually get a job with New York's Strongest.
The Sanitation Department began hiring women in 1986, though it remains a heavily male-dominated profession: This time around, 78 percent of applicants were male.