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In Pictures: Toughest jobs to get

Kipp brings you a short list of the toughest jobs to get. Some of these jobs aren't necessarily tough to do but they can also be very rare! Next time you ask your kid what they want to be when they grow up, make sure to keep it realistic!

July 18, 2012 3:16 by

  • 1) Astronaut - The typical topper of any list is the 'space profession'. The chances of becoming an astronaut are approximately 12,100,000 to one. In comparison, becoming president of the United States is listed at 10,000,000 to one. The average age of an astronaut is well into thirties and they must be in mint physical condition.

  • 2) Model - The idea of being a model, particularly for teenage boys and girls is very glamourous. Although the advertising industry seems extensively wide, there are not many new openings for models  and even for those who do make it in to the industry, the average wage is only around $33,000.

  • 3) Private Chef - Dreams of testing out your culinary expertise in private, perhaps for a celebrity or somebody important. Once again, you will most likely earn less than you would being  a full time chef and the global openings are miniscule.

  • 4) Forrest Fire Inspector - This position may have not even occurred to you; partly because it is of no interest to you but partly because the demand is so very slim that you have more of a chance of winning a lottery than getting this job.

  • 5) Professional Athlete - You may be fantastic at sports but according to mathematical odds, you have a better chance of being hit by lightening than becoming a professional athlete. The amount of professional athletes hired around the globe are very numbered.

  • 6) Referee - There are only a few thousand referees employed, making opportunities in this field slim. Ironically, you have a better chance of making it as a professional athlete than you do at getting a referee gig. It is not that the difficulty of the job makes it tough to attain, it is that the demand for it and the above jobs is extremely slim.



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1 Comment

  1. Jason Reimuller on July 19, 2012 6:41 pm

    One of the greatest benefits of a manned spaceflight program is the empowerment it gives our youth. Like many, I grew up with the dream of being a NASA astronaut, a dream that empowered me to complete four advanced degrees in the sciences. Though I am currently a highly competitive candidate for the position, I realize that only a dozen slots open up every several years. But regardless of whether or not I have the fortune to be selected, my life has become full of incredible opportunities researching in the arctic, flying research aircraft, designing space architectures for NASA, etc. I would have never had such opportunities had I been encouraged to have more “realistic” ambitions.


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