What’s the UK’s scariest job?
Delving into your deepest and darkest fears, we’ve been on a quest to find out what you think is the scariest job out there.
Without a doubt, there were some recurring themes, such as jobs that involve risking your life. So without further ado, here are the top five scariest jobs in the UK, as voted by you.
Firefighter: From tackling fires and rescuing people from burning buildings to dealing with chemical spillages and road traffic collisions, as a firefighter there’s no place to hide.
If you choose to become a firefighter in the UK, be prepared to work hard. Many serving firefighters have spent months and years training and getting themselves prepared prior to gaining entry.
Forensic Pathologist: If you’re not concerned about hanging around with dead people, then perhaps a career as a forensic pathologist is for you. You’ll be required to examine the bodies of people who died suddenly, unexpectedly or violently and determine the cause and manner of death.
You can only become a forensic pathologist after graduating from medical school and completing foundation training, which can take up to six years. It can be long and exhaustive due to the implications of the job, but it’s also considered one of the most exciting scientific careers in the world.
Mental Health Nurse: Mental health nursing is one of the most complex and demanding areas of nursing. The danger of violence is often associated with this branch of nursing and one of the key skills required is to spot a build up of tension and defuse it.
To work as a mental health nurse, you will need a pre-registration nursing degree or diploma. You will also need to demonstrate strength, emotional resilience, empathy, excellent communication skills and the ability to make decisions under pressure.
Armed Forces: Being one of the few jobs which have a requirement to put your life on the line, as part of the army’s front-line team, you’re likely to get involved in everything from peacekeeping and disaster relief to full-scale war.
When you become a soldier, you sign up for at least four years, including training. But once you’ve spent your time training, there is a huge variety of career options spanning combat, engineering and medical to intelligence, IT, finance, HR and logistics.
High Rise Window Washer: Voted the scariest job in the UK, this career takes window cleaning to a whole new level. Not for the faint hearted, you abseil down the highest skyscrapers using specially designed ropes and harnesses to ensure the windows dazzle.
If you’re not afraid of heights and are looking for an exhilarating career with great city views, as a starting salary you could find yourself earning anywhere between £12.00 – £30.00 p/h. And, the more experience you gain, the higher the high rise window washer salary is.