The temperature in Matt Patrick's office can rise to 2100 degrees Fahrenheit.
As a geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Patrick monitors active volcanoes and provides hazard assessment to emergency managers and the public.
"When you walk up to active lava, it's incredibly hot … just the radiant heat can be really, really intense," Patrick said in an interview with CNBC's "Power Lunch."
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What his day-to-day brings depends entirely on nature. "Oftentimes there's gas so we have to wear gas masks, sometimes we have to wear helmets. …We normally wear fire-resistant clothing, kind of like flight suits," he said.