You think your job is tough? When was the last time you were bitten by a wild animal at work? HR pros have nothing to complain about compared to the people who perform the world’s most extreme jobs, as compiled by YourTradeBase, a British business consulting firm:
Safari guide: $73,000 per year. Locates wild animals and guides tourists to them, Primary danger: carnivores.
Stuntman: $70,000 per year. Plans, coordinates and executes film activities too hazardous for actors to do themselves. Primary dangers: too many to list.
Crocodile physiologist: $62,500 per year. Brings crocodiles ashore for research. Primary danger: traumatic amputation.
Storm chaser: $60,968 per year. Follows storms to place sensors as close as possible for forecasting and research purposes. Primary danger: flying debris.
Cave diver: $58,640 per year. Dives into natural overhead environments that don’t receive sunlight to discover new organisms and ecologies. Primary danger: drowning.
Smoke jumper: $33,000 per year. Parachutes into forest fires to extinguish them or prevent them from spreading. Primary dangers: gravity, asphyxiation.
Venom milker: $30,000 per year. Massages the venom glands of snakes and presses their fangs on a plate or tube to collect venom. Primary danger: anaphylactic, cardiovascular and neurotoxic shock.
Skydiving instructor: $24,000 per year. Conducts classroom training and assists novice jumpers from the aircraft to the ground during their skydive. Primary danger: gravity.
Whitewater rafting guide: $6,675 per season. Takes inexperienced groups on rafting trips through rapids. Primary danger: drowning.
Local Mount Everest guide: $5,000 per season. Assists groups paying to climb to the peak of Mount Everest. Primary dangers: avalanche, hypothermia.
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