Soar miles above the Earth while traveling hundreds of miles per hour with a few hundred people entrusting you with their lives? That can be stressful.
Yet that’s exactly what commercial airline pilots do day after day. Sure the technology today is advanced and some people claim “the planes basically fly themselves,” but try telling that to pilots like Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, who had to land his plane in the Hudson River when he encountered engine problems. Pilots who make mistakes risk being the cause of hundreds of deaths, making this a well-earned spot on our list.