Career Advice from The Commercial Appeal: Jobs that are Action-Packed

“Action-packed jobs for thrill seekers

Why not start 2017 with a bang (or a fast car chase or adrenaline-fueled adventure)?  There’s a job out there to fulfill your inner thrill-seeker so you’ll never dread the 9-to-5 again.

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale, we found seven of these action-packed careers – all of which have available jobs on Monster.

Pilot:  You know the feeling – the thrust of the plane as it begins to bolt down the runway, and the view of the city quickly shrinking as you head for the clouds.

  • What you’d need:  Pilots need a bachelor’s degree as well as a commercial pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration, plus the Airline Transport Pilot certificate.
  • What you’d make:  $102, 520 per year

Emergency physician:  E.R. physicians are well acquainted with the term “life or death” – it defines their line of work.

  • What you’d need:  On top of four years of medical school and two to three years of residency programs, emergency physicians need excellent communication skills, compassion for their patients and an ability to make split-second decisions in high-pressure environments.
  • What you’d make:  $187,200 per year

Hazardous materials inspector:  This job’s uniform isn’t called a “hazmat suit” for nothing.  A day in the life could entail contact with asbestos, lead or even radioactive waste.   Once you’re fully suited up and protected from these poisonous substances, you’ll be charged with identifying and disposing of them-whether they’re flammable, corrosive or otherwise bad news.  Not for the faint of heart, this job gets you major street cred and totally unique dinner party talking points.

  • What you’d need:  You won’t need a specific degree or license, but you will need to undergo 40 hours of training in accordance with standards set by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.  Nuclear facilities inspectors require much more training and education-potentially up to three months.
  • What you’d make:  $39,690 per year

Miner:  Considered one of the world’s most dangerous occupations, mining may not immediately come to mind as a thrilling job, but the fear factor created by all the inherent risks-explosions, floods, cave-ins, not to mention exposure to dangerous chemicals and minerals-should set your pulse racing.

  • What you’d need:  Some colleges offer mining engineering majors.  If you’re interested in pursuing this line of work, make sure to take classes in geology, physics and other types of math and science.  While there isn’t a specific license required, you can opt to get a professional engineering license later in your career, which can lead to higher pay and more work opportunities.
  • What you’d make:  $94,040 per year”


Source: Simmons, J. (2017, January 1). Action-packed jobs for thrill seekers. The Commercial Appeal,  176(1), p. 2A.

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