4 Dangerous Jobs That Are Worth the Risk

Jobs that account for greater risk at work are often tied with greater rewards. This is the case for the following dozens of careers, which all endure high rates of work-related injuries and illnesses, but which also pay more than the national average wage of $48,252, according to the SSA.

You are probably already familiar with some. For example, out of 4,674 worker fatalities in the private sector in the calendar year 2017, 20% or 971 were in construction. The leading causes of private industry employee deaths – excluding highway collisions – in the construction were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by an object, and caught-in/between. Take a look at the best careers for all you risk-takers. 


PSC – private security contractor

Private security contractors or PSCs are employed by private security firms to guard facilities, personnel, and other buildings under a government contract. Armed PSCs experienced an increased demand since the Iraq War, defending properties, escorting convoys with valuable personnel, and securing politicians. 

During a firefight between the Jaish Al-Mahdi and Blackwater PSCs, dozens of Iraqis were left dead, with over 200 wounded, according to SmallWarsJournal. The contractors were located there to defend property and its surrounding areas. The expense for putting yourself in the crossfire in war, according to PBS, is between $400 and $600 per day.


Health services manager

Health services managers sustain injuries as a result of violence at a high rate – 29 per 10,000 employees compared with 4 per 10,000 employees for all jobs. The vast majority of such injuries are intentionally caused by other people, mostly by unruly patients. Then again, far more health services managers tend to injure falling, at a rate of 49.9 per 10,000 employees compared with 23,1 per 10,000 workers for all jobs.

While talking about health, remember that you can report any personal injury you sustain during a job to a lawyer. You never know what rights you can assert from such a situation. Whatever the case, the prospect in the health management profession is on the rise. There is an increased demand for medical services that call for more individuals to manage them.


These professionals sustain on-the-job fatalities in the range of 86 per 100,000 employees. On-the-job injuries have a figure of 610 per 100,000 industry professionals. All of this means that making a living on the high seas is another risky endeavor since fishing professionals have a fatality rate that is almost 30 times higher than the country’s average.

Risks are primarily caused by coming into contact with dangerous objects (like hooks or rigs), overexertion, and falling overboard. Volatile weather is also another threatening instance for fishing industry workers. What is troublesome is that when a fisher does fall to illness or injury, the closest medical center or doctor’s office may be hundreds of miles away. Rising demand for healthy seafood across the world ensures a positive job outlook for commercial fisherman, with demand increasing at 11% according to the U.S government.


Elevator Installer


Job prospects for elevator installers are certainly going up. Construction of new stores, office buildings, and other non-residential projects have risen as the economy has improved and lifted demand for elevators and the professionals who work on them. You might be deterred by the career’s level of danger and physical demands, as well as its high-stress nature. Then again, the work actually comes with a lower incidence rate of falls – 20,9 per 10,000 employees compared with 23,1 per 10,000 workers for all careers. On the other hand, you are far more likely to get struck by an object, a top cause of reported injuries. Those who work in this field enjoy high median pay.


High risk is often tied with greater rewards. Yet many go for dangerous jobs just for the sheer excitement. Whatever your reason, be sure to check out other risky careers and find the one that suits you the most.