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12 Jobs That Will Kill You Before Retirement
Some jobs are to die for... and some jobs will just kill you before you hit retirement.
Forbes, CNN, and BusinessInsider are just a few sources who have tallied down some of the most dangerous, yet not necessarily most high-paying jobs. If you're looking for a career change, don't sign up for these.
12. Fishing Industry.
Fishing might seem like a fun hobby, but being a full-time commercial fisherman is a job that calls for balls of steel. Since 1992, fishing has been considered as one of the world's most dangerous jobs. Deaths on the job are often caused by terrible weather, drowning, defective gear, and not to mention, the chances of being eaten by a killer shark are quite high, especially if you're fishing around Australian waters.
Apparently, whistleblowing is a job now.
Formally known as informants, a whistleblower's job is to find out about the anomalies of a certain group, usually government agencies and reputable people and deliver tips to people who buy intel. It sounds like the plot off of Mission Impossible, but being an informant is a serious job with serious pay and some pretty serious consequences if people figure out you've been spilling serious information.
At the right: Sherron Watkins, known for uncovering the Enron scandal of 2001
10. Aircraft Pilot
Aircraft pilots are like sea captains, but for the sky. If the plane goes down, the pilot must do everything to protect his passengers, but he should never abandon his crew, cower to the corner of the plane while it spins and shakes, and most importantly, he should try to keep his passengers and staff calm and hopeful.
Being an aircraft pilot is consider a dangerous job mainly because flying an airplane is risky in itself. Engine malfunction (some of which are caused by pigeons and low-flying birds), problematic passengers, and other issues could cause problems in flights, some of which could be deadly.
9. Bomb Squad
Two wires, ten seconds. Cut the wrong wire, you and everyone in a 10-15 mile radius* are in trouble.
8. Programmers, Bloggers, Systems Analyst
Basically any job that involves you sitting down in a chair for 8-10 hours on end is dangerous and will probably have you killed before you reach retirement.
Studies show that sitting increases the risk of death by up to 40%. Sitting also leads to more heart problems, cardiac arrests, loss of blood supply to the feet and legs, carpal tunnel and repetitive stress injuries. If that's not life-threatening enough, sitting down too much may also lead to various growth problems, heart disease, and cancer.
Human beings were not designed to stay stationary or remain seated 8-10 hours a day. See this quick infographic below for further proof:
Install ergonomic chairs in your office or home to lessen risks of carpal tunnel, repetitive stress injuries, sciatica and other body aches and pains.
By customizing your work station, not only are you protecting yourself from various stress injuries, these tools also improve your sitting posture.
Are you a programmer? Here are 15 things you can do to protect yourself from Carpal Tunnel and RSI.
7. Underwater Welder
If jobs were categorized under 'Safe', 'Dangerous', and 'Deadly', this one would be filed under 'Instant Death'.
Being an underwater welder takes a lot of practice and guts. It's one of those jobs that requires you to be an expert commercial diver and an expert welder at the same time. Although pay is big and you get sent to different locations around the globe for welding projects, your work environment is not entirely safe. In fact, your work environment involves water. A lot of it.
So, how do underwater welders meet their watery demise? Drowning, lack of oxygen, engine malfunction, exhaustion (often caused by the welding materials and oxygen tank which welders will be carrying at the same time), fallen debris, and deadly animal attacks.
6. Professional Bull Rider
Before I fill your imagination with bloodied legs, and broken bones-- well, it seems like I already have-- allow me to introduce the work description of a professional bull rider.
A professional bull rider is an entertainer. He lassos bulls, jumps on them as soon as he catches them, trots around the arena and throw kisses to cheering fans; however, it doesn't always end like that. A job that involves an angry bull and a human being equipped with only a lasso does not always end well. It takes years and years before one becomes a professional and the journey to becoming one does not go smoothly. By the time you reach professional status, you will have broken 50 bones, earned several wounds and scratches and lost a tooth or two.
5. Nosy Journalist
Being a journalist is not an entirely dangerous job, but when you've built quite a reputation for investigating serious cases with drug cartels, government agencies, crime organizations, and other shady personalities, make sure to double lock your doors and keep a wooden bat beneath your pillow. The risks of the job make it exciting and interesting to people but if you want to succeed as a journalist, you need to be prepared for the death threats.
News About Journalist Killings
- UNESCO deplores killings of journalists in DR Congo, Iraq and Mexico
The United Nations agency tasked with defending and promoting press freedom today voiced outrage at the recent killings of journalists working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Iraq and Mexico.
- Killings of journalists rising in 2010, group says| Reuters
GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 42 journalists around the world have been killed so far this year and governments should take action to protect reporters and bring their killers to justice, a global media
4. Nuclear Waste Manager
The job of a nuclear waste cleaner or nuclear waste manager is similar to the job of a janitor, but your usual work tools will include HazMat suits, a device that detects nuclear contamination levels in a given area, and your customary cleaning tools.
It is the duty of a nuclear waste manager or formally, a High-level Radioactive Waste Scientist, to contain the spread of radioactive material and to keep it from infecting or spreading to inhabited areas.
Risks of getting shot at: Low
Risks of developing carpal tunnel and RSI: Low
Risks of cancer: Quite high.
3. Electrician and Lineman
If you're afraid of heights, towers, or dying due to electrocution, you should think about a career in taking care of the elderly, instead. Being an electrician calls for years of practice and a strong stomach. From time to time, electricians will be tasked to rebuild fallen power lines, climb poles to fix radiators and wires, and wear a harness as they fix the wires of a skyscraper. The job has its not-so-dangerous side but when you're good at what you do, people will tap you for more riskier tasks.
2. Pharmaceutical Trial Subject
The job of a pharmaceutical trial subject is no different from a laboratory guinea pig, except, he gets paid for being one. It's risky work: getting injected with drugs that may or may not work is dangerous and it could kill you during the tests. The wage and benefits are high, but the survival rate isn't.
Yes, it's all fun and games until someone throws a bottle at you over a simple joke.
Take Jerry Sadowitz for example. In 1991, Sadowitz took a controversial rant to the stage:
Hello moosef******! I tell you why I hate Canada: half of you speak French, and the other half let them."
Needless to say, this joke was not taken lightly. His set ended in with broken glass and a cut on his face.
What's so tough about being a comedian? First off, you need to make quality material or people will boo you off-stage. You need to create material that will make people laugh and not get you on the covers for Us Weekly. You also need to know what people want to hear and if your plans derail on-stage, you need to be good at stand-up and making impromptu jokes. If you want to make it big in the comedy circuit, you must be someone with a good sense of humor while being sensitive at the same time.
George Carlin Talks About "Stuff"
Is it about the pay?
All these jobs are honorable professions and though dangerous, there are people who were made perfectly to play these roles. If you want to become a nuclear waste manager, a fisherman, or a comedian, go for it. If it makes you happy and if you see yourself doing this type of work until you reach your 80's, then there is absolutely no reason why you should not pursue your dreams.