ByTom Bacon, writer at
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Tom Bacon

We're nearing the end of the academic year, and all over the planet students are preparing to finish their classes and enter the world of work. Other students are looking at their grades and trying to decide what path to take in their life, what career to pursue. But if you cast your eye to the TV and the movies, there are certain career paths you really shouldn't take. Some jobs just carry unusual risks - and here are the riskiest!


We all know that health care professionals are brave men and women who are dedicated to making a difference. But the real world underestimates the risk of encountering a global pandemic or a dangerous alien virus! Meanwhile, it goes without saying - should you diagnose your patient with 'exposure to an alien entity', you should clear the room. If you don't, when the patient wakes up under the entity's control, your survival chances are slim.

Kudos if you choose to pursue a career as a night nurse. You could either wind up treating a vigilante (trust me: not great for your career prospects), or even teaming up with the Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange!


In the worlds built by TV shows and movies, soldiers and spies are almost always on the front line. As per the alien invasion of Independence Day, you may find yourself going up against alien invaders you're just not equipped to handle. Still, here's a tip for survival: make sure the camera can see your name-badge. As soon as the film or series names you, your odds of getting out alive pretty much triple. Should you survive your first encounters, you've got a chance to get assigned to specialist anti-alien units like Doctor Who's UNIT, and then you'll never know what's going to happen next!

Wind up in the field of espionage, and you can ally with the movers and shakers. You could join an organization like U.N.C.L.E., opening Channel D on an overseas relay! Maybe consider changing your surname to 'Solo' or 'Kuryakin', though, because otherwise you'll not last long after first contact with the forces of THRUSH. Or even better, you could enrol with S.H.I.E.L.D. and take on the darkest forces in the world. S.H.I.E.L.D.'s best and brightest have even become members of the Avengers! Unfortunately, colleagues at S.H.I.E.L.D. don't tend to have a high life expectancy. Make sure not to trust anyone too much - you never know which colleagues may be secret HYDRA agents.


Seriously, why would you want to become a teacher? Work in a secondary school, and you never know - one of your students may have a latent X-gene, and suddenly wreck the school. You'll be lucky if you don't wind up in the firing line!

If you really insist on pursuing a teaching career, be careful where the school is based. Don't head to Sunnydale, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame. Good teachers don't last long - in general, any teacher who's pleasant to Buffy Summers will get killed the next day. There's a similar rule for praising Clark Kent of Smallville.

Oh, and by the way: never cross the football coach. He'll either be dosing his team up with Soviet-Union-era fish steroids, or be a closet pyrokinetic.


If you have a real gift for journalism, you'll be able to track down the best stories. And you'll never know what conspiracies you might uncover! Unfortunately, those same conspiracies might uncover you; there's a chance you'll share the fate of Ben Urich in Marvel's Daredevil. His research into Wilson Fisk led to his brutal death at the hands of the crime lord.

But the advantage of the job is that you get a chance to work hand-in-hand with some seriously remarkable people. You might get a photographer like Peter Parker assigned to work with you, or you may get Clark Kent as your co-writer. Investigate mysteries in the UK and you could end up working alongside UNIT and travelling with a madman in a blue box!


As weird as it may seem, archaeology is the most dangerous career path you could ever take. Look into Egyptology, and you could uncover the mystery of alien involvement in the building of the Pyramids. Your colleagues might not believe you, but you'll always have a possible future in the Stargate program!

That's the thing. The history of the world is full of mysteries, and in the movies, those mysteries are characterized by demons, zombies, aliens, and all manner of bogeymen! Chances are they've left countless artefacts behind after themselves, and there may even be a few live specimens in the mix. You never know, some of your artefacts may require the intervention of staff from Warehouse 13.

But look on the bright side. If you prove to be outstanding in your field, you could uncover the mysteries of Atlantis - but be careful, because rivals will go to any lengths to unlock those secrets first. Or you could discover the Ark of the Covenant, but watch out because you'll need to face a lot of death-traps to get to your prize! Just make sure not to awaken any mummies, by the way.

So there you have it - five career paths that are seriously dangerous to pursue. What's more, the risks aren't where you'd expect - sure, soldiers and spies have it dangerous, but did you ever think teaching was such a high-risk profession?

To all those students considering their careers, here's my advice: just make sure to play hard as well as work hard, enjoy the movies, and go where your heart takes you!

What do you think is the riskiest career in TV and film? Let me know in the comics!


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