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15 Jobs That Pay Well But Hurt Your Health

15 Jobs That Pay Well But Hurt Your Health

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.

1. Nurses

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

15. Veterinarians

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.

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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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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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