No. 9: Firefighter
"When you put on the uniform and you jump on the firetruck, you know that every day you go to work can be your last day," says Mark Treglio, director of strategic campaigns and media relations for the International Association of Fire Fighters. "You don't dwell on it, but you understand that injuries come with the job."
Firefighters typically earn about $45,250 per year, are oftentimes required to work more than 40 hours per week and may stay fighting fires for days. They also face one of the highest injury rates across all occupations, according to the BLS. In his 16 years as a firefighter, Treglio has fallen through floors, tumbled down stairs and had a roof collapse on him, but he still says the job is worth it.
"When you get on scene and somebody's not breathing and you're able to bring them back ... there is not a better reward in the world," he says.
But he admits that it takes a certain mentality to run toward a burning building rather than away.
"I really think our job is more of a calling ... than a job," he says.