Management Watch

Blog archive

America's 'scariest' jobs revealed

Just in time for Halloween comes a survey that reveals what Americans believe are the “scariest” jobs – from the hazardous to the potentially humiliating.

The nationwide survey  -- conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder -- polled more than 4,380 full-time workers from the private sector, ages 18 and over. The results – interesting, for lack of a better word.

It may not come as a surprise that death-defying jobs ranked high on the list. The majority of survey participants chose bomb squad technician as America’s scariest job, followed by high-rise window washer and those in the armed forces. Miner, police officer and firefighter also earned the dubious honor of ranking among the top 10 scariest jobs.

However, two professions on this list might raise an eyebrow or two. Participants listed stand-up comedians as having jobs that got heart rates going, and said high school teachers have scarier jobs that stunt persons or politicians.  

When asked what frightens them in their own work, the majority (13 percent) of those polled said pay cuts keep them on edge. Nine percent said their workload scares them, and the same percentage said presenting in front of others gave them the chills. Only 3 percent stated their boss was the scare factor at work.

Top 15 scariest jobs in America:

1. Bomb squad technician
2. High-rise window washer
3. Armed forces
4. Miner
5. Police officer
6. Alaskan crab fisher
7. Mortician
8. Firefighter
9. High school teacher
10. Cemetery worker
11. Exterminator
12. Stand-up comedian
13. Animal control
14. Stunt person
15. Politician

 

Posted by Camille Tuutti on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:19 PM


Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.