Most Dangerous Science Jobs
Forget toiling in a lab coat—only mad scientists need apply
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 10, 2007 2:21 PM CDT
OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO-- NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Rita taken at 2:15 p.m. EDT on September 23, 2005, as the outer bands of the Category Three storm lash Gulf Coast regions.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Science isn't just lab rats and microscopes—how does flying into hurricanes grab you? The most hazardous occupations for you biology, chemistry, and physics nerds:

  1. Astronaut: 24 US deaths since 1961.
  2. Biosafety lab researcher: Handle earth's deadliest diseases.
  3. Hurricane hunter: Fly into tempests to gauge pressure and wind speed.


  1. Mobile lab tech: Infectious diseases in Darfur. Fun!
  2. Propulsion engineer: Test rockets, and explosions are least of your concerns.
  3. Grad student:  Everything's dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.
  4. Volcanologist: 8 killed since 1991.
  5. Biologist: Researcher died of herpes after monkey goo got in her eye.