Everyone wants to find a job that they love to do. That way, they will “never have to work a day in their life.” Some people want to help people for a living, while others might find their calling in the stars. But what if your dream job is dangerous enough to get you killed? That’s the reality for the brave souls that belong to the jobs that are listed below. These bold people risk their lives everyday, whether it be through entertaining us by putting their head in an alligator’s mouth, or by braving the treacherous oceans, or even by fixing a broken down power-line, these hard workers risk their lives every day for their jobs. Below is a list of ten of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Although they can be thrilling and of course rewarding, they may just cost you your life.
Bodyguards spend their days protecting someone else. This job can get quite dangerous, depending on where you are serving and who you are protecting. According to APD (Australian Professional Bodyguards), there are around 100,000 bodyguards in the world, not including government operatives, and the demand for bodyguards is continuing to increase. This is due to the increase in world violence, which means that the likelihood of a bodyguard getting injured or even worse, getting killed on the job, becomes much higher. It’s hard to say how many deaths or injuries have occurred in the bodyguarding industry because most of the deaths aren't publicized, but one thing’s for sure; becoming a bodyguard can be dangerous to say the least.
9 Timber and Logging Worker
Timber and Logging workers make their money by cutting and transporting trees. What makes this job so dangerous is that there is always the possibility that a tree will accidentally fall on the worker. In addition, these workers have to work in harsh weather conditions and tough geographical locations, which makes their jobs even more challenging. In fact, the job of a timber or logging worker is 20 times more dangerous than having an ordinary job. When you work in uncertain weather conditions with heavy machinery and falling trees, the risk of injury or worse, death, is constant.
When most people think of fishing, they imagine a serene image of a man or woman sitting on a lake, soaking up the sun, and enjoying a relaxing day away from the real world. But for people who fish as a living, the reality is much different. Fisherman must brave treacherous waters each and every day. In addition, they have to work with heavy equipment, while dealing with the unpredictable ocean. All in all, the fatality rate is about 117 people per 100,000, making this job positively deadly.
7 Lion Tamer
Being a lion tamer involves training a lion for either protection, or more likely entertainment. The risks associated with this job are obvious. When your co-worker could easily tear you to pieces, things are bound to get a little hairy. One of the most famous accidents involving a lion tamer included a man named Thomas MacCarte. He was torn to bits by four lions, in front of several hundreds of people. So if you enjoy the sense of adrenaline that comes with being face to face with something that could kill you, becoming a lion tamer could be the job for you.
A stuntman definitely has one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. These men and women put their lives on the line, everyday, in order to provide eye-popping entertainment for the masses. Whether it be by jumping out of buildings, or even setting themselves on fire, stuntmen sure know how to live life on the edge. The fatality rate in this job is about 3 for every 1000, making it much more dangerous than the average job.
5 Recyclable Material Collectors
This may come as a surprise, but being a recyclable material collector is one of the most dangerous jobs you can have. There are a few reasons for this. A recyclable material collector has to do a lot of driving, which is dangerous on its own. Additionally, they also have to deal with heavy, and sometimes dangerous, equipment and they are often exposed to hazardous materials. To top it all off, there is always the danger of accidentally getting hit by someone who was in a hurry to get around the truck, before the Recyclable Material Collector have finished their job. All in all, there are about 27.1 deaths per 100,000 in this field.
4 Military and Police Personnel
The dangers of being a military or police personnel are obvious. These brave men and women put their lives on the line, everyday, to protect people that they don’t even know. They don’t think twice when it comes to sacrificing their own lives for the lives of others, and for the integrity of his or her nation.
3 Alligator Wrestler
If you love animals and you like the feel of adrenaline pumping through your veins, becoming an alligator wrestler might be the job for you. Alligator wrestlers entertain crowds by, you guessed it, wrestling alligators. They also entertain audiences by leaping on an alligator’s back, and even by sticking their heads in an alligator’s mouth. One recent incident involving the injury of an alligator wrestler was at an Ohio fair. During the Alligator Westler’s performance, the alligator bit down on the trainer’s hand and refused to let go. Although the trainer only needed stitches, the audience who was watching the event, probably still has nightmares till this day.
The risk with being a roofer involves being high off the ground, in the burning sun. Being a roofer has a fatality rate of about 40.5 deaths per 100,000 workers. Workers slipping or tripping off a high roof and falling to their deaths, is the cause of most of these fatalities. However, some of these deaths are attributed to heat stroke. Luckily, the fatality rate for this job has been steadily decreasing since 2006. Even so, this job is still regarded as one of the most dangerous in the world.
1 Linemen and Power Workers
Working with electricity is always dangerous. A linemen repairer is always at risk of being electrocuted by the high voltage lines that they are repairing. What makes this job even more difficult is that linemen are often forced to go out in perilous weather conditions, in order to fix a broken down power-line. There is also the risk of falling. It is not unheard of for a Power Worker to fall to their death while trying to fix a power line. The fatality rate in this job is about 23 in 100,000, making it one of the deadliest jobs in the world.