The thrill of danger and the excitement of taking risks is what drives many people to get out of bed every morning. Of course, a decent paycheck is always a motivating factor, too, but that can be earned in a plethora of unexciting jobs. However, for people who like a daily adrenaline rush, the idea of sitting at a desk, working on an assembly line, answering phones, or performing other habitual tasks is a less-than-stimulating way to spend the day.
For those who prefer a life less ordinary, daily hazards are the only routine that they enjoy. The idea that every day presents a new challenge and a new perilous situation that must be successfully navigated provides a sense of stimulation. People with this type of personality delight in knowing that their job involves a certain level – in fact, a high level – of risk.
Of course, the quest for adventure is not the only trait necessary for success in these types of jobs. People who like a daily adrenaline rush must also have the ability to remain calm and composed in the face of danger. They fully realize the risks involved in their daily jobs and they are committed to exerting the level of discipline and training needed to perfect their craft and minimize the potential for harm.
These individuals also tend to have good instincts. And while training is important, those who succeed when routinely placed in life-or death situations have developed trust for their gut feelings. In fact, intuition plays as much as a role of their decision-making process as the facts.
One of the jobs on the list does not involve a high level of danger. However, it requires the ability to work in what may sometimes be chilling and macabre crime scenes. These individuals enjoy the challenge of piecing together various elements of the scene to apprehend criminals.
5 SWAT Team Member
Some careers may not live up to the Hollywood hype, but SWAT isn’t one of them. This job really is as exciting as it is portrayed on the silver screen. Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team members are police officers who are specially trained to handle a variety of dangerous assignments. These crisis intervention teams are usually cross-trained in both negotiation and assault operations, and they may be called upon to rescue hostages, thwart hijackers, control riots, and breach environments occupied by suspected criminals.
4 Fugitive Recovery Agent
Fugitive recovery agents, also known as bounty hunters and bail enforcement agents, track suspects who were out on bond and did not satisfy the requirements of the courts. Usually, this means that they did not show up for their court date and are “on the lam” from the law. A warrant is issued for their arrest, and fugitive recovery agents search for these individuals, apprehend them, and turn them over to the proper law enforcement agency.
3 BASE Jumping Instructor
Base is an acronym for Building, Antenna, Span (bridges), and Earth (cliff), which refers to the various types of objects that instructions teach students to jump off of. BASE jumping is similar to skydiving, but it is actually more dangerous. Skydiving involves higher altitudes and faster airspeeds, which allows divers to have more control over their bodies and also gives them time for a cleaner parachute open. On the other hand, the lack of aerodynamic stability in BASE jumping increases the probability that the jumper is tumbling, headed in the wrong direction, and likely to get tangled up in the parachute or unable to open it.
2 Bomb Squad Technician
Is it the red wire or the blue wire? There’s zero room for error with bomb squad technicians. These experts need to quickly disable bombs before they detonate. And while it’s an exciting job, bomb squad technicians need to remain calm, cool and collected as they work. They also need to be well-versed in all things related to bombs.
1 CSI: Crime Scene Investigator
Crime scene investigators are forensic science technicians who examine the sites where crimes occur to determine what items and materials should be considered evidence. They photograph the scene and collect such evidence as bodily fluids, fingerprints, and weapons. Crime scene investigators also catalog and preserve the evidence, which is then transferred to a crime lab.
The forensic science technicians whop specialize in crime lab work then reconstruct the crime scene, examine fingerprints, determine the trajectory of bullets, and attempt to match evidence to suspects. While many people think crime scenes and crime labs are gruesome, these professionals enjoy the excitement of collecting and analyzing evidence to solve crimes. Most crime scene investigators are police officers; non-uniform CSIs usually need a bachelor’s degree in forensic science, chemistry, biology, or a related field.
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