People often think of welding as a dangerous job. And, while it is true that it can be dangerous in some respects, at least if you’re not careful, we really don’t think it qualifies as one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the world.
In fact, if you’re thinking of going into welding as a career field, don’t be scared off. There are plenty of jobs that we think are much more dangerous.
The Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the World
What makes a job dangerous? Furthermore, what really qualifies it to be one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the world?
Well, to come up with our list, we considered things like the rate and frequency of on-the-job accidents, working conditions, and general risk factor.
In doing so, we were able to come up with a list of jobs that are way more dangerous, in our opinion, than welding.
#10 - Workers in the Logging Industry
Commonly and collectively referred to as simply “loggers,” those who work in the logging industry actually do a wide range of different jobs. However, all of them are quite dangerous.
Loggers work around big, heavy pieces of lumber, which are likely to fall and injure, or even kill someone. In fact, deaths in this industry are common - with 90 job-related fatalities at the time of the 2016 census.
#9 - Street Sweepers
Another job that just had to make our list of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the world, is street sweeping.
You might think being a street sweeper seems easy, but it’s actually quite dangerous work. These workers tend to work late at night, sometimes in unsafe neighborhoods, and many of those neighborhoods are not properly lit.
And, while that might not seem all that dangerous, it's important to understand that many places are not as civilized as the United States. Many street sweepers are employed in dangerous countries, where the crime rates are higher and deadlier than in the United States.
#8 - Underwater Welders
We know we said we weren’t going to include welders on our list, and that’s true... at least for general welders.
However, we think that underwater welders deserve a mention, since their line of work is a lot more dangerous and intense than that of a basic welder.
These professionals face many very real risks, which include shock, decompression sickness, and explosion-related risks.
#7 - Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
Most people generally think of flying as being pretty safe. However, accidents can and do happen, both on commercial, and especially on non-commercial planes.
That’s why we’ve included both aircraft pilots and flight engineers on our list.
This line of work can seem exciting for some, but it can also be considered deadly. 24 people were reported dead via this line of work in 2016.
#6 - Carpenters
Being a carpenter is considered a pretty average line of work. However, it’s a lot more dangerous than you might think.
These professionals regularly suffer due to falls, broken bones, and tool and machinery related injuries.
#5 - Fishermen
Just like carpenters, fishermen are common, but that doesn’t mean their jobs are easy or safe.
Fishermen have to deal with extreme weather conditions, potentially getting stranded at sea, and injuries involving heavy-duty nets and other fishing tools. Drowning and falling overboard are other all-too-real risks as well.
#4 - Roofers
Basically, any job that requires you to be super-high off the ground, while operating machinery to get the job done, is considered to be dangerous. Thus, it’s no wonder that roofers made our list.
As of 2016, about 101 roofers a year, on average, died while on the job.
#3 – Couriers and Delivery Workers
You might not think you’re signing away your life, when you sign up to drive with Uber or take a side job delivering pizzas. However, there’s a good chance you could be.
These workers face all kinds of risks from getting hit in heavy traffic, to being robbed while on the job.
#2 - Bull Riding
Bull riding is pretty controversial. And, for many, it’s more of a hobby than a job.
The more one engages in bull riding, though, the higher the risk. These workers regularly face concussions, broken bones, and punctured internal organs. And you thought the bulls had it rough.
#1 - Farmers
Finally, for our number one pick, we had to go with farmers. There are many farmers in the world, and many of them are at risk of getting injured via farm equipment, or by a working animal.
In 2016 alone, 260 of them died on the job.
See, Welding Isn’t So Bad After All
As you can see, there are plenty of dangerous jobs out there, much more dangerous than just your basic welding gig.
Thus, if you are thinking of entering the welding profession, but worried about the safety factor, just remember there are worse things you could be doing.