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The 7 most dangerous jobs in technology

Employees who risk their lives and mental health

You may not think working in technology could be dangerous, but you'd be wrong. Some professions are particularly perilous, and could even involve you risking your own life. We've rounded up a list of the seven most dangerous jobs in technology.

7. Infrastructure work in war zones

A dangerous job in peacetime is one thing, but try focusing on a task when you're the potential target for a sniper or a bomb. Whether building communications infrastructure for civilians or military operations, military personnel and private contractors in the conflict zones of Iraq and Afghanistan risk their lives on a regular basis.

It's unclear exactly how many people doing IT-related work have lost their lives among the 4735 Coalition military deaths in Iraq since 2003, and the 2026 dead in Operation Enduring Freedom since 2001 so far, as counted on the independent iCasualties website.

According to a count conducted in September 2009, at least three telecommunications engineers are among the 533 foreign private contractors who have died in Iraq since the beginning of the conflict there. Two telecom engineers are among the 146 private foreign contractors who have perished in Afghanistan.

See also: The seven dirtiest jobs in IT revealed

  1. These employees risk their lives
  2. Fixing undersea internet cables
  3. Unregulated e-waste recycling
  4. Infrastructure work in war zones

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