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The Most Dangerous Jobs You May Not Want to Do

Updated on October 19, 2017
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Stevie G. is a Life Coach, Educator and Researcher. He is the founder of Infinite Visionary Training Center in Minnesota.

You know you are on a dangerous job when you are in a constant state of anxiety in regards to your life. You are uncertain that you are going to make it back home or ever interact with your loved ones again. You can hear your heart pumping loudly in your ears as you enter dangerous situation after situation. Your entire environment is a potential trap for becoming another statistic on the job.

People in safe careers, including individuals in retail, business and education don’t have to worry about a tragedy on the job or about becoming a victim. Although tragedy can occur on any job, it does not normally occur on traditionally safe jobs such as business and retail.

Dangerous Jobs

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Types of Dangerous Jobs

Law Enforcement

Police officers are called to enter life and death situations on a constant basis. Crime ridden areas, Unexpected gunfire, traffic stops in the middle of the night are all potentially fatal situations.

Fire Fighters

Fire fighters must enter fiery buildings that could collapse at any time. Sudden explosions of chemicals are also a constant possibility.

Military Personnel

US soldiers risk their lives on a constant basis, even during non-wartimes. A bomb or a fatal shot from a sniper could end the life of a brave soldier in a matter of seconds. Therefore, the honor and recognition toward all military personnel are not in vain.

Window Cleaners

Hundreds or thousands of feet in the air is extremely dangerous. A strong wind or a weak cable can send a window cleaning falling to his or her death. Every movement should be calculated. Optimal security must be considered each moment.

Oil Field Workers

Explosions on oil rigs can deal a fatal blow to the entire crew, especially if the oil refinery is in the middle of a body of water. The explosion in the 2005 Texas oil refinery and the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil rig event was catastrophic, leaving several workers dead or missing, some of whose bodies were never found.

Construction Workers

Each year, hundreds of construction workers across the nation are killed while working on the nation’s highways and roads, struck down by distracted or drunk drivers not caring about anyone but themselves. In addition, other hazards exist, including explosions and fatal wrong steps.


What makes these jobs so dangerous are the environments? These locations possess hidden traps ready to suddenly individuals or entire groups into victims. People who work in these environments must always be alert and never lose their sense of preparedness and caution. A certain degree of fear must be conquered every day.

Intensifying the Dangers

Another factor that makes these jobs even more dangerous are the times when natural disasters occur. Such times make the jobs even more dangerous. For example, when major floods, forest fires or super storms attack the responsibilities of these individuals becomes more demanding.

Just recently, during the floods sparked by hurricane Harvey take the life a police officer whose car was swept away by flood waters.


Individuals who desire these jobs must consider how much passion they have for such careers. Never choose dangerous jobs for the money. You must be passionate or sincere about taking on the responsibilities of these careers. For example, if you have a spouse and children, becoming a police officer or joining the military can be quiet stressing for your loved ones.

Dangerous jobs may offer money and adventure, but the reality is that these jobs can also bring sudden pain and sorrow in addition to a massive amount of daily stress. Get prepared to dwell in a constant state of uncomfortableness. However, it is an honor. The courage it takes to make a difference in the lives of others is well worth the choice.

© 2017 Stevie Glenn


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