What Dangerous Job Would You Be Good At?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

When most people say "safe job" they are usually talking about a job one is unlikely to lose. These jobs are secure, easy to do, and always in demand. When people say "dangerous job" they almost always mean jobs wherein the professional risks life and limb on the job.

The world is full of dangerous jobs, some high-profile, some decidedly under the radar. Some professions have something colloquially called "combat pay," which is a term taken from the military. It draws a line between where a profession is more or less a normal job, and where the professional begins to engage in risks or other activities that are above and beyond what the job would normally call for. For soldiers, it has to do with being on the front lines. In other jobs, it could mean doing shift work, which is detrimental to one's health, or doing the "field" end of a job that also has a safer, office component.

Where do your strengths lie? What dangers are you prepared to confront? You may not know the answers to these questions, which is why we have prepared this quiz. Take the quiz and we will single out your aptitudes and recommend you for the dangerous job that suits you!

What kind of clothing makes you feel good?

How do you feel about working without someone looking over your shoulder, telling you what to do?

What is your number one technical skill?

What are the worst hours you've had on a job?

How do you imagine danger presents itself?

How are your first aid skills?

What kind of weather do you think is the most dangerous?

Which of these physical ailments or injuries is the closest fit to the ones you have?

How much of a glory hound are you?

How are your navigational skills?

How long do you think you could run before you had to stop?

What would you do if you were on a multi-stage trip involving lots of separate flights and you overheard that your flight in two hours was canceled?

Which of these best represents the most dangerous thing you've done, without regrets?

What time of year would you most like to have off from work?

How do you feel about organized labor?

How would you improvise if you were confronted with an Ikea furniture item that was missing the tool to drive a screw, and you didn't already have one?

How important is monetary compensation to you, when it comes to your job?

How do you feel about challenging weather conditions, like storms?

If you were mostly sure you would win a bet, and you had $100 to bet, how much would you wager?

Do you consider yourself a team player?

How well can you handle thinking in 3 dimensions?

How are you at looking out for other people while you are in equal or greater danger?

Which of these would you consider the minimum definition for a subtle sound cue?

How do you work under pressure?

How is your focus when things just keep getting worse?

Which of these phenomena do you deem most dangerous and therefore deserving of the most attention?

Do your hands shake when you fear that you are in danger of immediate bodily harm?

How do you deal with boredom on the job?

What is your family situation?

Which of these dangerous animals is the most overrated?

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