Top 10 MOST DANGEROUS Jobs In The World
Decaying corpses, dizzying heights, and being on the brink of death. Hard to believe, but those traits are the norm when it comes to these careers. In this installment, we'll look at 10 of the scariest jobs on earth. Do you have what it takes to work at any of the places on this list?
Hate being around dead bodies? This one’s a doozy. A forensic entomologist has the wonderful job of digging through the flesh of rotting corpses to pull out and ID the creepy crawly creatures inside. Those creatures, which include maggots and spiders, are helpful for determining the time and circumstance of a person’s death. It’s hard enough to be around a cadaver, but we find being around one that’s already well into decomposition totally unbearable. It has to be one of the most gruesome careers out there, but forensic entomologists have had a crucial role in solving mankind’s most serious and enduring crime: murder. It’s a respectable job, it’s a valuable job, and it’s a terrifying job.
Even after 5,000 years, mankind has yet to ease the job of the infantryman. Grunt, hoplite, legionnaire–they’ve gone by different names in different eras, but they still do the same thing, rush into the midst of deadly combat. The frequent images of street-to-street, building-to-building fighting remind us that, if anything, this job’s gotten scarier as the field of combat has become more complex and urbanized, with enemies blending into the civilian population.
Watch The Hurt Locker all you want, but there’s no way to glamorize the job of bomb disposal. We’re not going to toss around tasteless, unfunny phrases, like the job “is a blast” or “is the bomb”, oh wait.. One wrong move and you and everyone around you are goners. Bomb disposal is a crucial job in both law enforcement and the military–especially for the latter, since the bulk of the casualties in the war with Iraq were from roadside bombs.
What’s more scary than ascending a broadcast tower? How about descending down a narrow tunnel deep into oblivion? That’s precisely what miners do, contending with toxic air, limited oxygen, no sunlight, and an occasional collapse with a slim chance of survival. Miners work in tunnels almost two-and-half miles, or little over three kilometers long, under the earth’s surface. Worse, mining remains one of the deadliest jobs in the world, with thousands dying in accidents every year. China alone reported over 1,000 fatalities in 2014–and that was a good year. This job is so bad that it was used as a form of criminal punishment in ancient times.
Broadcast Tower Specialist
Broadcast towers can span over 2,000 feet or about 600 meters in height, which makes it all the more shocking when you consider that, at some point, someone has to climb all the way up there when something goes wrong. You don’t need to have acrophobia to be terrified by the prospect of climbing these towering structures. Among the worries tower specialists face every day are birds, lightning, and, on occasion, planes. Thankfully, fatalities are not as common as you might think. According to Wireless Estimator, between 5 and 20 climbers die annually in the United States alone. Okay, so it’s safer than we expected, but that doesn’t make it any less scary, or sane.
What’s scarier than flying around a storm? How about flying into one? Hurricane chasers pilot specialized aircraft to gather critical data about extreme weather systems, which helps scientists to better predict the course and scale of these monsters of nature. But, that doesn’t cancel out how scary it is flying into a vortex with winds moving at 150 miles, or about 250 kilometers, per hour. Winds at that speed don’t just pick up your car – it shreds it to pieces. It takes more than a scientist to do this job, it takes an adrenaline junky.
This is fitting follow-up. Movie and TV stuntmen deal with towering altitudes, fiery explosions, and hard punches so that billion-dollar stars and starlets–who earn a hundred times more cash–don’t have to deal with a couple scrapes and bruises. That’s of course, your name is Jackie Chan. Are we the only ones who find something wrong with this? Is forty grand a year really worth facing death every day? Many actors and stuntment have died on set, including Harry O’Connor during the movie XXX, Brandon Lee during The Crow and Art Scholl during a flight stunt on Top Gun.
This one’s debatable.. Is it scary or dumb? Dressing up as a clown, running and jumping inside a ring in the hopes of pushing a 2,000 pound, or 900-kilogram, beast to charge at you. Despite being relatively safe if using the proper technique, it’s not unheard of to fall down and get trampled or gored by the bulls horns. Such as the case of Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez, who in 1947, was on his 5th bull of the day when he made a slight mistake that allowed the bull to gore Manuel in the leg, later dying from his injuries.
At least this job doesn’t deal with hideous creatures…well, it depends on the case. Undercover agents put their lives on the line infiltrating cartels, mobs, and terrorist groups to grab vital information that saves lives. It’s noble, but it’s also scary because you’re putting your life–as well as your friends’ and family’s–in jeopardy. One wrong move and it’s over.
An arachnologist studies what are arguably the most hideous and terrifying creatures on earth. No, we’re not talking about the cast of Duck Dynasty, we’re talking about spiders. Fear of arachnids frequently ranks among the most common phobias found in people. That might be because arachnids are gangly, fanged, clawed, eight-legged monstrosities that trap and feast off butterflies, caterpillars, and even birds. The good news is that arachnologists aren’t limited to the study of spiders; they also study scorpions, ticks, and mites.