No. 10: Corrections officer
The work environment is tough. The patrons are even tougher. For a correctional officer, facing the daily stresses and dangers that come with keeping prisoners in line are just part of the job. Finding positions in federal and local governments, as well as through private security companies, correctional officers earn median salaries of $38,970 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, though overtime is frequently required in some positions.
In addition to having higher exposure to illness and injury -- the BLS deems this job one of the riskiest occupations -- there's also a significant amount of stress that comes with the job. Correctional officers must stay alert while on duty and be well-versed in safety protocols and emergency procedures. They'll also face increased competition for jobs. The occupation is growing slower than average, as the country faces steeper costs associated with keeping people in prison.