When you have a crappy job you tend to stop and think, “Should I even come into work tomorrow? Is it worth it?” For some people jobs are more than just unsatisfying, they are actually terrible for your health. We decided to take a long look at some common and popular jobs that will slowly destroy your body. You will be pretty shocked by what you see on this list!
Ah, the staple of the blue collar job: the construction worker. Working in construction is a physically demanding job that will keep you grinding day in and day out. Not only are you going to be hauling heavy materials, including steel, but you will also be exposed to deadly chemicals and bacteria, with asbestos being one of the bigger problems in the industry. If you want help losing weight without one of those shifty weight loss diet plans then this job could help but we aren’t sure it is worth it. The average construction worker is making under $30K per year and that’s just not worth the toll it takes on your body. Still, if you need to make some quick money while you are young there are more dangerous ways to spend a summer as you will quickly find out as we move on with our next item!
Whether you are working as a banker or a stockbroker there can’t be any reason to fear your body breaking down, right? Well, wrong. One of the biggest problems in most modern jobs is the amount of time that we spend sitting. Sitting down is notoriously bad for your long term health as it can lead to neck pain, lower back pain, and even severe wrist pain. Financial workers also can work upwards of 60 to 80 hours per week which means that they aren’t getting enough sleep either. Sure the low cost health insurance and the excellent holiday gift baskets are nice, but is that what you want your life to be defined as?
The next time that you receive excellent service from your doctor or nurse you should consider sending in one of those fancy chocolate gift baskets. While nurses and doctors are definitely paid well for their work they have to deal with a ton of issues that most people don’t realize. Did you know that upwards of 70% of hospital workers will end up accidentally sticking themselves with a used needle? Now imagine the dread of wondering what that needle might have been contaminated with. This is all not even to mention the long hours, the toll it takes trying to maintain relationships, and the nigh constant stress you have to live with while you are at work. Yeah, this isn’t a job we would willingly take but we are thankful all the same for those that decide to do it anyway.
It used to be that being a farmer meant that you were part of a small, family owned business. Nowadays the agriculture industry is highly commercialized and more akin to factory work than anything else. Farming, as it turns out, is a pretty dangerous job. Farmers are constantly dealing with dangerous chemicals which can include fuel for their machines, pesticides, fertilizers, and even exhaust from their equipment. Farmers are more commonly afflicted by different forms of cancer than people in any other industry according to the National Cancer Institute. This isn’t anything like what the Harvest Moon games promised us. One of the few benefits of farming for your health is that the constant physical activity works as a passive weight loss program, though you’ll need some high quality individual health insurance later on in life.
There used to be a sort of meme going around that dentists were the most depressed workers in the work force. We aren’t sure if that rumor is true or not but it just might be due to this: dentists are expose to more diseases and infections than any other job in the country. Dentists also spend the vast majority of their working life in a seated and hunched position which causes extreme stress on your body and can lead to debilitating issues later on in life. While dentists are well paid for their work, they definitely end up paying for it in the long run.
Any time you have to deal with radiation at your job you know that you are doing something that is both interesting and dangerous. Radiologists are in charge of taking X-Rays and handling radioactive materials. The biggest health risk for this job, of course, is the high level of exposure to radiation that these professionals have to endure. If you don’t mind the risk of radiation to your health then you will be highly rewarded for it: radiologists can make upwards of $300,000 depending on where they work! Becoming a radiologist requires a bachelor’s degree as well as a medical license. You will need to keep your nose in the books for years memorizing and understanding all of the important health information involved.
The truck driver is the not-so-hidden heart of our nations body. Truck drivers are tasked with hauling loads of cargo from one end of the country to the other, often leaving home for almost a week at a time! Truck drivers are paid handsomely for their work but they pay a heavy price with their body. The biggest issues with truck drivers is that they are sitting all day, every day. Prolonged sitting, as listed above, is terrible for your health. Truck drivers are also exposed to all of the common risks involved with travel: traffic accidents, adverse weather conditions, and the inhalation of chemical exhaust from other drivers on the road. Truck drivers also tend to maintain pour diets due to needing to eat out of convenience rather than eat with their health in mind.
We are living in an increasingly digital world and the role of the computer programmer has become more and more important. Still, despite the importance of the role of the computer programmer they are both not paid commensurately with their importance and they are enduring too many health risks. Computer programmers are often placed on impossible deadlines which will lead them to work for 12 – 16 hours a day. Computer programmers also tend to adhere to limited diets due to their lack of cooking time and they suffer all of the ill effects of being stuck at a chair, craned over a computer all day. Eye strain is another major concern for computer programmers and will often lead to decreased vision quality over time.
Oil Rig Worker
If you’ve watched an oil rig worker for even a few minutes you will realize just how hard their job is and just how physically grueling the experience can be. Oil rig workers, or Derrick Operators as they are known, are exposed to a high level of lethal contaminants that can lead to adverse health issues over time. Oil rig operators are also exposed to hazardous working conditions that be fatal in certain conditions. The average salary for a Derrick Operator? Just $43,000 per year. Now you need to ask yourself if you are willing to endure this kind of physically demanding, potentially deadly, work for little more than peanuts in the grand scheme of things.
There is something deeply satisfying about watching a savvy crab fisherman work the decks and help run a ship. Working as a fisherman is every bit as exciting and dangerous as shows like The Deadliest Catch try to imply. Crab fisherman tend to endure some of the most displeasing weather that you can expect and they have to do their job quick and with a smile. Storms and swells as well as other natural disasters are all part of the life for a fisherman. Crab fisherman work basically 24 hours a day for seasons at a time to earn roughly $18 to $40 thousand per year. The job is grueling, accidents happen all of the time, and there is always the risk of getting thrown overboard. As someone who fears the ocean and all that lurks beneath it… You couldn’t pay us enough to take on this Herculean task.