The role of a firefighter is essentially to protect the lives of the general public during potentially life threatening situations. Firefighters are on call 24/7 to respond to emergency situations ranging from car crashes, water rescue, chemical spills, water rescue and of course, fires. The job is challenging and oftentimes incredibly stressful, but provides high levels of job satisfaction. To become a firefighter you must have strong mental, physical and behavioral traits while being able to withstand the physical and mental demands of the role.
Astronauts must be very physically fit and able to withstand the mental isolation of long missions in space. The environment is often stressful and in a crisis, staying calm under pressure is a must. However, the job brings with it a great deal of satisfaction. Imagine looking down on earth from space, experiencing living in space and floating around in a weightless environment.
The role of the riot police is to control mass rioting and mob activities by angry and riotous members of the public. Armed with shields, water canons, Tasers, tear gas canisters and so on, their job is to protect the lives of the innocent in the face of mobsters. The job brings with it a number of dangers and a high level of mental and physical perseverance is needed. Salaries are good and a number of state benefits and perks come with the position.
A physically and mentally taxing job that involves long hours in a challenging and hostile environment. Jobs can vary from a cleaner or painter right through to driller or tool pusher. Wages are often calculated on an hourly basis with accommodation and meals included. This is no job for a highly gregarious individual! The typical work schedule will involve working on the rig for 6 weeks followed by 6 weeks of leave. There is great potential to make a substantial amount of money and so the risk associated with oil rig work is often downplayed by those wanting to earn a high salary.
Often described as the most dangerous job in the world, crab fishing involves long hours at rough seas searching for crabs. Weather conditions are arduous and conditions on board are extremely basic. Oftentimes, fishermen are required to work for up to 24 hours non-stop searching for crab, and, if there are no crabs to be caught, there is no money to be made. However, a good catch can earn tens of thousands of dollars in one month, so if you have what it takes, you may be in a position to earn a great deal of money.
Are you looking for a change of career? Are you ready for a new challenge? There are countless jobs out there that provide complete comfort and security on a structured 9-5 basis. However, there are also jobs that push people to their limits in challenging and often scary environments.
If you are after a career opportunity that offers something unique, challenging and possibly dangerous, browse through the list above to see if you are cut out for some of the most difficult jobs in the world... in other reviews we also take a look at the worlds Dirtiest Jobs Around and should you crave white knuckle fear / excitement just from being at work; we also looked into the Top 5 Most Extreme Jobs. If the fun factor is something you crave, our list of 10 Amazing Jobs You Never Knew Existed could leave you feeling like a career change might be a on the horizon!