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10 Jobs That Will Take You on Wild Adventures

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Alaskan Crab Fishing
A fisherman smiles and holds a wild Alaskan Dungeness crab (Cancer Magister) in hand in Haines, Alaska. Brian Stevenson/Getty Images
A fisherman smiles and holds a wild Alaskan Dungeness crab (Cancer Magister) in hand in Haines, Alaska. Brian Stevenson/Getty Images

It's one of the more physically demanding jobs in the world, and if you've ever seen the television show "Deadliest Catch," then you know Alaskan crab fishing is one of the wildest jobs around, too. Crabbing in Alaska is indeed the deadliest profession in fishing, although the job has become a bit safer since the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the State of Alaska implemented a "catch-share" system in 2006 [source: Christie]. Crabbing boats no longer have only 3 days to reach their crabbing quota, so they don't have to rush out during dangerous storms or work sleep-deprived.

If you have the grit and determination to go out on the ice-cold sea for about three months at a time, and you're ready to perform grueling physical work, you'll be rewarded with up to $50,000 per trip [source: Christie]. That doesn't come without a price of its own, of course. Pulling up crab traps is dangerous, with 700-pound (317.5-kilogram) traps, ice-coated decks and the always-present risk of capsizing. But the excitement and money can certainly be tempting.


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