Weatherman/woman might be the greatest gig around. Using a combination of science and technology, meteorologists report on the weather. Yes, you need to have charm and charisma in abundance. But do you need to be accurate? Not so much. Americans are obsessed with the weather, but we also understand that it’s near impossible for you to give us a good forecast more than three days out. This may be the one job where you can be 100% wrong, and no one is mad at you.
When storms and other problems wreak havoc with our electrical lines, linemen are up there making sure we still have access to this week’s episode of Dance Moms, and that the kids’ iPods always have a full charge. Part trouble-shooting, part heavy lifting, the job of lineman requires building new power line poles and towers, working with transformers, and dealing with live power lines. Linemen work in extreme weather conditions, often climbing poles as tall as 100 feet carrying 40 or 50 pounds. While they are well schooled in safety, linemen are constantly dealing with high voltage and are always at risk of electric shock and death.