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Feb 28 2011

Hazardous and Crazy Jobs

Ten Most Hazardous Jobs

After taking a career aptitude test, one of the first questions that comes to mind involves the type of environment that the career will offer. For some careers, the answer may be obvious. If the aptitude test suggested a future as a librarian, for example, there is little doubt about working atmosphere. But other employment environments are not as obvious, especially when it comes to weighing all the potential dangers of possible future careers.

For example, the number one most hazardous job are fishers and other fishing related employment. The field earns this distinction by having 20 working related deaths per every 10,000 full-time workers that are employed in the industry every year.

Maybe the danger sounds exciting to you, as long as the pay is high enough to make up for it? If pay is what will motivate you to take on a high risk job, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to pursue a career in fishing related industry, since the median wage averages only 20-30,000 dollars a year. You might also pass on similarly low-paying but dangerous jobs, such as logging work, roofers, construction laborers, truck drivers and refuse and recycle collectors.

But some of the most hazardous jobs do compensate their employees well. The number eight most hazardous job is industrial machinery installation, repair and maintenance workers. These workers average 1.9 deaths per every 10,000 workers and can earn a median wage of up to 40,000 dollars. Likewise, the third most hazardous careers are aircraft pilots and flight engineers, whose deaths are 5.7 per every 10,000. For putting their life on the line, these workers earn a median wage of 100,000 per year.

Other things to consider while evaluating your career assessment test results are the type of injuries that are most common in each job. For the ten most hazardous jobs, injuries are broken down into transportation incidents, object and equipment contact, falls, exposure to harmful substances, fires and explosions, and assaults or other violent acts. While the sixth most hazardous job, Structural iron and steel workers, has a death rate of 3 deaths per every 10,000, those deaths do not typically involve assaults. Construction workers do have to face assaults, and this job may be less desirable for you for that reason, despite it having a lower fatality rate than some of the other more hazardous jobs.

Potential dangers should be a part of every individuals personal career assessment. After receiving the results of your free aptitude test, make sure that you consider what type of career environment you want in order to get the best results from your test.

By Career Explorer