There are several jobs available today that can bring in the big bucks, but could be dangerous to your health. Let’s take a look at 15 of these jobs and why they’re so dangerous. If you’re currently employed in one of these occupations, you may want to rethink your job… or invest in life insurance.
These medical professionals are dealing with many sick people on a day-to-day basis, and not to mention, it is a very stressful job. Any illness that is contagious can get passed around, and if you are working many long hours your immune system will be compromised, making it easy for you to get ill.
2. Service Unit Operators
These are the men and women who are working in the oil, gas, and coal mining industries. They are exposed to many contaminants in the air and they are at a higher chance of receiving burns, cuts, scrapes, and more. They probably make a few trips to the ER, and with rising healthcare costs feel like they need someone to blame. According to a study on BambooHR, it’s the government.
3. Airline Pilots and Copilots
Pilots and copilots are at a high risk for many problems that come from sitting for long periods of time. Because they are in a stationary position for so long, it can be bad for their circulation and eventually bad on the heart. They are also at a high risk of being obese from sitting, and they do experience some radiation exposure.
4. Immigration and Customs Inspectors
Immigration and customs inspectors are the ones that are in charge of inspecting people, goods, and more when they come into the country. They are exposed to thousands of people a day, giving them a high rate of illness exposure, not to mention certain contaminants that they may come across in boxes, bags, or crates.
5. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
The men and women who collect all of the recyclable materials from home, businesses, and other buildings can lead a dangerous lifestyle. They are exposed to a number of unknown contaminants, some diseases and other things, and they do sit a lot on the job. It is a surprisingly harmful job that many people would not think about right away.
6. Radiologists and Nuclear Technicians
These medical professionals have a different level of harm when they are on the job. They deal with radioactive tests and materials on a daily basis. Radiologists sit a lot during the day and read imaging exams, while nuclear technicians are mixing radioactive isotopes that are used in certain exams, leaving them open to a high amount of radiation exposure.
7. Surgeons and Surgical Technicians
Surgeons have a very stressful job. They work long hours, sometimes odd hours, and they deal with very intricate procedures. This can lead to a lot of stress outside of work, which leads to serious medical conditions. They, and their technicians, are also exposed to a lot of contaminants and certain illnesses and diseases that can be unsavory.
8. Anesthesiologists, Nurse Anesthetists, and Anesthesiologist Assistants
Because they work in surgery, they too have odd hours and long hours, and they carry a lot of the same risk as other medical professions. But they also can suffer side effects from the drugs they use to put their patients under because they are around them all day, leaving them sleepy at times.
9. Flight Attendants
Unlike pilots, they do not sit for long periods of time, but they are exposed to radiation as well. Not only that, but they deal more with people, leaving them open to illnesses and viruses that anyone on the flight has.
10. Histotechnologists and histologic technicians
Histotechnologists prepare slides for pathologists to look at diagnose. But in doing so, they are exposed to many contaminants and use sharp instruments to do there work. They also need to do small, detail-oriented work, involving intricate movements of the hand which can cause injuries to the hand and wrist.
11. Derrick operators (oil and gas)
These professionals have a high rate of exposure to contaminants when they are on the job. They also have a high rate of suffering from cuts, burns, or other on the job site industries.
12. Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians
These people work in the nuclear energy business and they are the ones that release, control, and use this energy to help anyone researching or working with it in certain activities. It leads to a high risk of radiation exposure as well as being around many hazardous materials.
13. Refractory Materials Repairers
Anyone working in this industry, as someone who repairs furnaces, kilns, ovens, and more is at a high risk of contaminants and hazardous fumes and materials. They also have a high rate of cuts and burns.
14. Dentists and dental assistants
Dentists are exposed to a lot of viruses and other diseases since they are working in close proximity to the mouths of many people. They are also around many different contaminants throughout the day and sit for long periods of time.
Working with animals brings around risk as well. Vets are open to being bit, scratched, stung, or more from any animal they work with. Not to mention all the diseases they see on a daily basis, as well as infections of all sorts.
Just because work is dangerous, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t meaningful and fulfilling. Many people in these occupations love what they do, and the risks are minimal in their eyes. If you work in one of these professions, make sure you’re following all of the safety rules and paying attention to your surroundings. Take extra precautions to protect yourself and others around you.
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