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Median annual salary: $46,072
Do you have a fear of heights? Then this job isn't for you.
One of the most demanding jobs on an oil rig crew, a derrickman works on a platform (called a "monkeyboard") attached to the mast of the oil rig, suspended about 85 feet above the floor of the rig. Attached by a safety harness, the derrickman leans out from the platform in order to manipulate the drilling pipe. When the derrickman isn't suspended high in the air, he's getting down and dirty conducting mud density tests.
The job is physically demanding, dirty and dangerous. But the flip side is decent pay and requires only on-the-job training.