Do you think that your job is tough? Well, think again. Unless you find yourself doing the work that’s in the following 30 slides, your job may not be as difficult as you think. Sure, everyone has a rough day at work where nothing seems to go right, but some jobs invite that scenario much more often than others. So check out this list of difficult jobs and remember to be grateful the next time that you’re working through a long day at your desk–because it could be worse, much worse.
1. Precarious Landing
As a helicopter pilot, your job is already more difficult than most. But this helicopter pilot just took things to a whole new level. Sometimes, the hardest jobs get even harder.
2. Left For Vacation
When you work from your laptop to make a living, having it crash or break can be devastating. But how about when it infinitely configures updates and never stops? That can be just as bad. This worker forgot to turn off his laptop before he left for vacation and this is what it did…the entire time that he was away. It’s up to 20760% and counting.
Being on a S.W.A.T team is no joke. These guys have one of the most difficult jobs there is–mainly for the fact that their life is in danger almost every time they go to work. But just like any job, some days go better than others. And this certainly was not a good day.
4. Night Manager
Meet the new night manager, Derek. He’s loyal to the company and a very hard worker–that is if there isn’t a basket of treats in front of him. I don’t care how hard you think your job is, it’s harder for a dog to ignore a basket of treats and remain working at his desk all night. Way to go, Derek.
Stacking pallets is no easy job. There’s always the potential to make a big mess. Luckily for this guy, no one was hurt and he got to take an awesome selfie as well. As long as he gets it cleaned up before the boss shows up, I think he’ll be just fine.
6. Too Many Cameras
One of the downsides of working in television is that there is always a camera on you. They are there to catch you on your worst days and broadcast it to the world. And in the case of this anchorwoman, she can’t even hide her past mistakes from the camera. Maybe she should have worn pants?
7. Green Lamps
Working inside, under the lights all day can take its toll. But not as much as when your company replaces the lights in the building and they have a slight green tint to them. Now, these employees feel like they are on the set of Alien every time that they come into work.
8. Working In The Great Outdoors
Everybody dreams of having a job where they get to work outside in beautiful places. But the one thing that they seem to forget is that there are giant man-killing predators out there in the great outdoors. So the next time that you’re feeling bored at your desk, just be thankful that nothing can eat you there.
There’s nothing worse than working with selfish people. They make it harder for everyone else at work to get things done. Take this guy for example– you really couldn’t share your table grips? I mean, they’re bolted to the table, I don’t think anyone will be running off with them anytime soon.
10. Wind Sweep
There’s nothing worse than sweeping in the wind. You can’t make any progress and no matter how hard you try, the job just isn’t getting done. But when your boss says to do something, you better do it.
11. Work From Home
Working from home isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Sure you don’t have to deal with long commutes or frustrating coworkers, but you do have to deal with this. And the worst part is, no one is there to tell you to get to work. So you might just end up cuddling with your pup all day.
12. Air Traffic
Being a pilot is a difficult job. You have thousands of people trusting you with their lives every single day. And sometimes, the skies aren’t as open as they seem.
13. Asphalt Tank
There are some dirty jobs out there that have to get done. And this worker isn’t afraid to get a little dirty on the job. Believe it or not, that suit they are wearing used to be yellow.
14. How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?
When you’ve got a broken pipe and no way to stop the flow, you’ve got to get creative. This guy knew that the only way to complete this difficult job was to take a deep breath and dive right in. Hopefully, it was a hot day.
15. Volleyball Interview
Interviewing someone can be tough. You’ve got to ask important questions and come up with engaging content. But when the person that you’re interviewing is a foot taller than you, it makes your job even more difficult. This reporter wasn’t phased, however, and with a little ingenuity, she got the job done.
16. Tricky Electrical
Electrical work is hard enough when the wires aren’t tangled up into a rat’s nest. But when they are, there’s nothing you can do but get to work. Now let’s see, do you snip the blue wire or the red wire…?
17. Powerline Worker
Speaking of electrical work, being a powerline worker is another extremely difficult job. With powerline work, the possibility of getting killed or losing limbs is very real. This group of workers is being trained to work on power lines. I hope they are paying attention.
One of the most dangerous jobs out there is logging. These guys have to cut down enormous trees that have the ability to turn a person into a pancake. And all this while they are running giant motorized saws that could cut a man in half. Yep, I’d say that this job is more difficult than mine.
19. Cave Diver
There is a lot of training involved in becoming a cave diver. And because of this, it is one of the more difficult jobs out there. Sure it seems cool, but the risk of drowning may not be entirely worth it.
20. Oil Rig Worker
Working on an oil rig is no easy gig. These guys will sometimes live out on this metal island for weeks or even months before finally going back home for a bit. And when you’re out there, you are working. There’s not a whole lot of downtime.
21. Underwater Welder
Welding is a difficult skill to master–and so is diving. Now imagine doing both of these things at the same time as an underwater welder does. It’s no surprise that this job tends to be pretty dangerous, so on top of the difficult task that you are performing, you also have to think about the fact that you may drown. Now that’s a tough day’s work.
22. Crab Fisherman
One of the deadliest jobs out there is crab fishing in the Bering Sea. There is a big payout each year if you have a good season, but it doesn’t come without risk. If you don’t get thrown overboard into the icy waves, then you have all of the giant machinery on the ship to contend with. Either way, you better be ready for work each day.
23. Microchip Manufacturer
This one may come as a surprise, but manufacturing microchips is extremely difficult. Not just because of the science and engineering involved in putting one of these things together, but also because of the hazardous chemicals used to make these chips. And even if you don’t have any effects from these chemicals right away, they often end up causing long-term damage in the future.
24. Bush Pilot
We already went over why being a pilot was such a difficult job. But, now imagine doing it in some of the most remote places in the world. And not only that, but these places usually have some of the harshest weather to deal with as well. Welcome to the reality of being a bush pilot.
25. Bull Rider
I think this image speaks for itself. Sure there is plenty of money and glory for those riders who can stay on their bull long enough, but to me, the risk just isn’t worth it. Broken bones and concussions are a constant reality for these bull riders. I think I’ll keep my day job.
26. Steel Worker
Although safety precausions have gotten better over the years, being a steel worker is still a difficult job. You’re constantly dealing with massive heights, inclement weather, and the potential for serious injury or even death. But you know what? You can’t beat the view.
27. Snake Milker
I didn’t even know that this was a job. But it is, and it’s a very important job at that. These snake milkers collect venom from the snakes in order to create much needed anti-venom in order to save lives. But I’ll let you what, this is one job that I’ll never try.
People have been mining for a long time. And thankfully, mining practices have become safer over the years. But being a miner doesn’t come without any risk. People still die in mines today and if you don’t die on the job, the long-term health effects of mining may get you one day.
29. Stunt Preformer
Although this job seems more cool than difficult, don’t be fooled. Stunt performers have to put their bodies on the line in order to get paid. Most stunt performers will suffer multiple injuries throughout their career–it just comes with the job.
30. Storm Chaser
When most of us see a tornado or hurricane, we go looking for shelter–but not storm chasers. These guys actually seek out storms, getting as close to them as humanly possible. This guy looks like he may be regretting his career choice.