The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the World

September 10, 2018

We have all probably complained about a job that we did not particularly care for. In fact, we might even think it is the worst job on the planet. But let us take a step back and imagine what it would be like to work in a sulfur mine, build skyscrapers or milk snakes. Yes, that is a real thing and it is definitely a dangerous job. So next time you are sitting in the comforts of your office cubicle, be grateful that you do not work at these 10 most dangerous jobs in the world.

Underwater Welder

Being a professional welder is no walk in the park. So just imagine doing it underwater where the physical pressure is enough to crush your body! Add to that the clouds of bubbles that make it nearly impossible to see what you are doing. While this is one of the most dangerous occupations, underwater welding is something that thousands of people do for a living. Got a pipeline that needs to be fixed? How about offshore oil drilling rigs, boats, dams, and even nuclear power plants. No wonder it is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world! This type of work requires a significant amount of preparation and planning before the welder can carry out their job safely. You also need to be strong and have good technical skills. One little mistake and you are a goner.


What could be more exhilarating than working on a large fishing boat with ocean below you licking huge waves? As thrilling as it might be, the odds of you not come back ashore are actually pretty high. In spite of our ability to predict the weather, a huge, violent storm can appear suddenly and cause all sorts of havoc. Aside from the instability of the water, there are also other potential dangerous such as getting your clothes caught on chains or boating equipment knocking you off the boat. Extreme cold can also lead to hypothermia. Evidently crab fishing is the worst of the worst since crab fishing season in places like Alaska can last as long as several weeks. With hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line for all that sweet, sweet crab meat that you can’t live without, fishing companies find it simply too hard to resist even with the dangers. This means you are likely to be fighting off other fishing boats as you try to haul in as many crabs as you can.


Lumberjacks, more commonly known as loggers these days, are the ones who harvest timber from forests so that buildings can be built and furniture can be…uh…furnished. Even the sawdust that is left behind is converted into plywood and paper. There are a whole lot of reasons why lumberjacks have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. In some cases, the very tools that they use such as chainsaws and logging machines can be hazardous, with tragic consequences. Even with advances in technology, no machine is without its dangers. Gravity is another concern. The significant weight of the trees as they topple down and slide can easily kill a person. Let us not forget about the effects of the weather such as strong winds, snow, rain and the like. In addition, given how remote many of these sites are, good luck finding a hospital nearby if a tree crushes your legs.

Bush Pilot

If you are a pilot at Delta Airlines, the odds of you dying in a plane crash are significantly lower than being killed in an automobile accident. But if you work as a bush pilot flying around remote locations in Alaska and Canada, the risks are significantly greater. While advances in technology and weather reporting have reduced accidents caused by human error, the extreme weather conditions, fires, and airstrips consisting of fields makes this among the most dangerous jobs in the world. Even with all the training that bush pilots receive, statistics show that the fatality rates are 87.7 for every 100,000 pilots.


It probably does not come as a surprise that the steelworking profession makes the list of most dangerous jobs. Steelworkers – whether they work in a steel mill or in construction – are exposed to many hazards in their day-to-day work. Perhaps the most obvious danger involves being burnt by the extremely hot liquids that are required to melt steel. In addition, plunging from high buildings is another danger that steelworkers face. In terms of long-term health effects, back injuries and muscle strains are the norm thanks to all of that heavy lifting. Let us not forget about all of the toxic chemicals floating in the air and the extreme noises and vibrations that steelworkers have to deal with. You get the idea.

Snake Milker

Who among us did not go through the stage in our lives where we wanted to milk snakes for a living? It is not exactly like milking cows. A snake milker extracts (“milks”) poisonous venom from cobras and mambas in order to produce anti-venom used in antidotes to treat victims of poisonous snake bites. The process of milking involves grabbing the snake behind the head and exposing its fangs. The snake then bites down on a special container, which collects the venom that drips from its fangs. This venom is then freeze-dried and shipped off to labs where it is used to make the anti-venom. Things do not always go smoothly though. There is always the risk that a fast-moving snake will bite the snake milker, and with one drop of venom often enough to kill a person, If that happens, here’s to hoping there is enough anti-venom to go around!

Truck Driver

Driving a semi-truck sounds like a romantic profession to some degree. You cruise around the country with the open sky above; no need to sit in an office all day pushing papers. However, the actual conditions can be brutal. For instance, it requires hours upon hours of sitting with almost no time to stretch your legs. The lack of exercise leads to obesity and heart problems. You also have deadlines to make as you crisscross the country through heavy rain and snow. There is also the risk of being robbed of the goods you are transporting, along the obvious dangers of vehicle accidents. Given that a significant number of truck driver deaths are related to reckless driving of other passengers on the road, this would suggest that even the best truck drivers face the odds of being killed.

Target Assistant

No, we are not referring to the assistants who help you find the show department at a Target store. We mean the ones stand in front of a target board while a performer throws a knife or axe above their head. Think about it: if the thrower aims too low or does not throw with enough velocity, the assistant is toast. Think it never happens? Back in 2015, during a segment on the Lithuanian version of America’s Got Talent, the assistant was hit with a blade on live television! He was lucky to survive that one.

Sulphur Miners

Working the coal mines is hardly fun and games, but believe it or not there are even worse mining jobs out there. Take sulphur mining, for one. The mining crew on the Indonesian island of Java punch in their time card and head into active volcanoes so that they can extract sulphur, an important ingredient in everything from rubber to fertilizer to McDonald’s milkshakes. Okay, we are totally lying about that last one. Incredibly, these Javan miners do their jobs with virtually no protection beyond a damp cloth that they wear over their mouths. Poisoning and severe burns are just a couple of the dangers that they face. Sadly, they hardly make much for their efforts.

Construction Workers

We love our football teams. Our football teams would love us back if only our city would chip in a few billion dollars to build them a stadium. Constructions workers are essential for making this possible, not to mention all of the skyscrapers and other mega structures. Thanks to a famous photo, we have this image in our mind about construction workers sitting on a girder eating their lunches. But in reality, this job is dangerous as hell. Construction workers face the risk of being crushed under steel beams or toppling off of a super high scaffolding. Not to mention the potential of equipment malfunctions, explosions, gas leaks, electrocution and a whole host of other life-threatening problems. It is probably not a surprise that more than 4,000 construction workers end up in a deadly accident in the US alone.

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