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Lumberjack
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"Monty Python" crooned that lumberjacks enjoy all sorts of skipping, jumping, pressing of wildflowers and tea time in between leveling forests, but it's actually the freedom to work outside, the ability to break into the profession without a college degree and the satisfaction at the end of the day that draw many lumberjacks and logging workers to the profession.

But it's hard to ignore the obstacles logging workers face. In addition to risking severe and sometimes fatal injuries on the job, lumberjacks and logging workers endure harsh weather, steep climbs and the physical stress of operating heavy machinery. They also risk watching their industry decline as stateside timber companies face competition from abroad and builders seek out new materials for projects. And then there's the pay. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that logging workers earn a median salary of less than $33,000 per year and that the industry, unsurprisingly, is growing at a much slower pace than the average occupation.

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