There are so many career choices. Many jobs are well paid simply because there are certain risks that cannot be avoided. The risks themselves are – in a bizarre way – what attracts people to the work, because the financial rewards are high for such risky work. So if you are looking for a career that is adventurous, challenging, exciting, and a bit risky take a look at the careers listed below.
Some risks are obvious because they pose immediate danger, others a lot less so. Some health-related issues only present themselves years after a worker has retired, but their cause is directly related to the damage done in their previous career.
Fishers and related fishing workers catch and trap various types of marine life. Generally speaking, the fish they catch are for human food and animal feed.
Requirements, Job Outlook and Salary: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary is $35,000 and no formal education is required. Typically, training is “on the job”. The number of jobs available for this career are on the decline.
Risks: This carries with it a very real risk of drowning, or on-board injury due to the unstable nature of a ship in high winds. Roughly 5 to 7 workers in 1000 die each year trawling at sea. To put this in perspective, this is a morbidity rate four times higher than mining, and FORTY times higher than manufacturing. The weather is the biggest danger to workers on-board, and how quickly it can change. Factor in tiredness and exhaustion, and things can turn disastrous in seconds.
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Mining involves the extraction of ore, coal, or other minerals from the earth. This is typically done by cutting, blasting, or otherwise working and removing the rock to get to whatever it is that is being extracted.
Requirements, Job Outlook and Salary: The median pay is $84,000 per year and, depending on the specific job, can require a bachelor’s degree. Opportunities for this occupation ares expected expand at a 12% rate over the next 10 years.
Risks: Most people associate the dangers of mining with pit collapses and explosions, but there are also long-term health issues related to this career choice. Coal-worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP) – “black lung disease” – is a common long-term illness many miners face, long after they retire. Over the years, their lungs build up tiny fragments of coal dust that lead to breathing problems.
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Pretty self explanatory – roofers repair and install the roofs on buildings using a variety of materials, including shingles, asphalt, and metal.
Requirements, Job Outlook and Salary: The median pay is $35,000 per year and does not require any formal education. Training is typically on the job. Opportunities for this occupation are expected expand at a 11% rate over the next 10 years.
Risks:The dangers associated with roofing are fairly obvious. However, roofers can’t simply be harnessed in all day – they need to be mobile. Therefore, training and experience are the biggest allies of a roofer. Still, accidents happen, and falls can be fatal or produce life-changing injuries. Again, the inherent risks with roofing are part of the appeal – roofers command good pay because of the risks involved.
Truck driving has a broad range of driver types (Heavy and Tractor trailer, delivery trucks, etc.).
Requirements, Job Outlook and Salary: The median pay is $38,000 per year (much depends on years of experience and the type of truck driven) and does not require any formal education. Training is typically on the job with the exception of tractor trailer driving which generally requires some formal training. Opportunities for this occupation are also expected expand at a 11% rate over the next 10 years.
Risks: The slow lane of any motorway sometimes resembles a freight-train – an endless line of trucks fulfilling deliveries. The truck driver’s greatest risks are accidents caused by their own tiredness. Despite regulation to prevent such fatigue, many drivers are working to tight deadlines and have to drive very long distances. Even if they’re taking their regulated breaks, exhaustion can creep up on them. One of the less obvious health issues is burn-out that can lead to prolonged periods of unemployment.
Police officers swear an oath to protect and serve the citizens they represent. They are responsible for enforcing the law by arresting criminals and detecting and preventing crimes.
Requirements, Job Outlook and Salary: The median pay is $57,000 per year and does not require a college education (although degrees in law enforcement can help). Training is typically as a recruit through a formal police officer candidate school. Opportunities for this occupation are also expected expand at a 5% rate over the next 10 years.
Risks: A front-line police officer has to deal with all kinds of risks to his or her health. From assault to car accidents (in pursuit situations), often a police officer must deliberately put himself in harm’s way as part of his job. It’s also not uncommon for officers to suffer from stress and depression due to the nature of their work.
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Is There Such a Thing as a Hazard-free Job?
Even the most innocuous-looking job can have its hazards if it contributes to an unhealthy lifestyle. They keyword is lifestyle – there’s no reason why a police officer can’t mitigate or even cancel out the hazards they face by dealing with them effectively and appropriately.
Needless to say though, risk is a part of everyday life and you can’t possibly avoid all risks, but it is certainly worth considering when looking at your career options. The most important thing is arguably that you know and understand the risks – without taking any unnecessary ones.
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