Risky Outdoor Jobs You Might Just Love


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Do you like living life on the edge? Literally? Well, then these jobs just might be for you. There are plenty of opportunities for those who love the outdoors and also love getting paid. If you live for the thrill and are looking to switch things up career-wise, check out the options that await you.

Commercial Diver

So you love the ocean and are looking for a way to earn some pay while you appreciate Mother Nature at work. Well, this job offers a nice salary to compensate for its riskiness, and your “office” isn’t too shabby either. Commercial divers do everything from construction and engineering tasks to inspecting structures and rigging explosives. If you want this job, you have to have a high school diploma or the equivalent, as well as proper certification—and you’ll have to pass a diving test. Commercial divers can earn anywhere from $46,880 to upwards of $93,000. With such a small workforce (estimated qualified professionals number 3,480), commercial divers are dealt a hefty workload. You can check out the Association of Diving Contractors International or the American Welding Society for more information.


This job is so risky that OSHA has called logging “the most dangerous occupation in the United States.” With an annual median wage of $33,630, this job allows you to work outside with high-powered chainsaws and huge logging machinery. As long as you don’t mind the massive weights and momentum of falling, rolling, and sliding trees and logs, along with harsh work conditions due to temperamental weather and uneven terrain in remote work sites, then a job in the logging industry might be what you’re looking for. It allows you to work in a beautiful environment and gives you the freedom to enjoy it.

High-Rise Window Washer

If you ever wanted to join the circus as a trapeze artist, but doubted that you had the skill, being a high-rise window washer is the next best thing. Although once extremely dangerous, this job has statistically become safer; however, it requires a tendency for care and an unwavering fondness of heights. A window cleaner washing storefronts or homes might only earn $12 to $15 per hour, but larger commercial properties, including skyscrapers, could earn you $15 to $25 per hour. Safety training is a top priority here. Although deaths these days are rare, there are mishaps. So if you don’t have any balance issues or a fear of heights, and have often dreamed of being a superhero, this job could be for you. Once you’re hired, your day will consist of basically gathering any supplies you need and figuring out which mounting technique you’ll use to get the job done. Sometimes, you’ll hook up scaffolding that you can raise and lower as needed, and other times, you might be hanging with nothing more than a harness around your legs and waist. If done right, Spiderman will have nothing on you.

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