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2. Firefighter

Average annual income: $45,250

Firefighters don’t just have the occasional dangerous work situation, just about every call they get is dangerous. Firefighters run toward buildings that are filled with fire, smoke, and hazardous materials that the rest of us would run away from. For the people trapped inside burning structures, it’s probably the most dangerous day of their lives. For firefighters, it’s just another day on the job.

“They’re the first one into a burning building and the last one out carrying the baby,” Lee said. “It’s life or death every day. It takes a very special person to be a firefighter.”

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