No. 7: Corrections officer
The work environment is tough. The patrons are even tougher. A corrections officer must face the daily stresses and dangers that come with keeping prisoners in line.
Working at federal, state and local facilities, as well as with private security companies, correctional officers earn median salaries of $38,970 per year, according to the BLS. Overtime is commonly required.
Safety, sickness and stress
For obvious reasons, it's considered one of the riskier occupations, carrying higher exposure to illness and injury. The job also offers a significant amount of stress. Officers must stay alert while on duty and be well-versed in safety protocols and emergency procedures.
Despite the demanding work, corrections officers face increased competition for jobs. The occupation is growing more slowly than average amid declining crime rates and government belt-tightening.