When you think of a job, what comes to mind? Perhaps you imagine sitting at a desk for long hours, or writing up reports and creating spreadsheets. Hardly anything exciting, that's for sure. But there are people who make their living while getting their hearts pumping with adrenaline.
Geology isn't exactly the most hyped field of science these days, but it can certainly be the most dangerous depending on your field. Volcanologists spend their days exploring and repelling into volcanoes, both dormant and active. Certainly not for the faint of heart. They collect data and set up precision instruments to observe volcanic activity. These brave scientists are sometimes within a few feet of flowing lava, not to mention the deadly gases that, if inhaled, could kill you in a matter of moments. At an average salary of almost $91k a year , it might be worth looking into!
As if playing with molten metal and high intesity flames wasn't enough to deal with on dry ground, these Underwater Welders use scuba gear to dive deep into the ocean, often working on repairs for oil rigs or ships. Despite the danger from the electrical welding systems, there are other hazards that people often don't consider. Despite the preparations one has to make just to acquire the job, Underwater Welders must constantly regulate their breathing apparatus, take note of the surrounding physical dangers, and take extreme caution when exposed close to negative pressure. What is negative pressure? It's when, on a ship for example, one area beneath the boat has less water pressure than the surrounding areas and pulls in thousands of gallons of water and anything else in it's reach, including divers. There are several cases of welders being caught in between these sections of negative and postitive water pressure and being, quite literally, torn apart. It makes you wonder if the average salary of $56k is really worth being smashed underwater?
Hot Shot Firefighter
Firefighters are among the bravest people in the world. They put their lives in danger to save other people as well as their property. Running into burning buildings with heavy equipment, hoping to not burn or suffocate while helping as many people as they can. It only gets more dangerous when you sign up as a Hot Shot . These firefighters are dropped by helicopter in the wilderness amidst a raging wildfire, sometimes climbing steep mountains and trudging through thick brush in attempts to redirect wildfires away from populated areas or hazardous regions. Many have died of smoke inhalation, been injured by the elements, or even burned to death. These firefighters are true heroes, and you, too, can join them if you demonstrate the appropriate skills and education.
Ski Jobs/ Skiing Instructor
Gliding down a Triple Black Dimaond Slope is already a great recreational activity, but what if you could make money doing it? If you aren't put of by the risk of avalanches, broken bones, or concussions, this might be the best sports related job out there for any adrenaline junkies. Resorts are always looking for experienced skiers. It is imperative that you keep both yourself and your student safe. Most instructors are part time, but end up earning around $30k a year just to tear up some expert level slopes. But if that's too scary, you can always teach 5 year olds the Bunny Slopes.
If you love the idea of working with explosives, but you'd rather not join an armed conflict, just join the Bomb Squad! As a bomb tech, you work with teams to identify explosive devices and either safely detonate them or remove them from the area posing a risk to the public. If that doesn't sound simple enough, you must also do it either wirelessly with a bomb-defusing robot or, better yet, up close and personal while wearing heavy explosive resistant armor. If defusing a volatile explosive doesn't give you an adrenaline rush, I doubt much else will. The risk of being blown to shreds rewards you with a hefty salary of $62k a year. With the right education and experience, you can become a Bomb Tech too.