Acrophobia is an extreme fear of heights, experienced by around 5% of the population. But heights can cause some degree of anxiety in most people and we generally feel safest when we can feel solid ground beneath our feet.
There are, however, a number of people who not only aren’t afraid of heights, but they simply enjoy spending their time on high altitudes.
If you are one of them, you probably take pleasure in feeling the adrenaline rush connected with being high up above the ground and admiring incredible views of the earth below. If this is the case, there are several job opportunities that you may want to consider.
Here is a list of 10 Ideal Jobs for People who are Not Afraid of Heights:
Spending most of your working day on the roof may not sound as daunting as some other high-altitude jobs. But considering having to deal with all the weather conditions, often with only a safety cord for security, it’s definitely not a career choice for those who’d rather keep their feet firmly on the ground.
Your responsibilities would be to determine the condition of the roof, choose the best solutions for your clients’ concerns and estimate the possible costs, among others. As a roofer, you’ll also be expected to be in a good shape, as this line of work demands that you perform many physically taxing activities.
Average salary: $56,550/year
Requirements: In order to become a roofer, you need to finish a four-year apprenticeship, during which you’ll be expected to take part in on-the-job training, technical training and pass an exam at the end.
More information: Canadian Roofing Contractors Association
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a job of a firefighter is the heroic image of saving people from burning buildings, but fighting fires is not their only responsibility. They are usually the first group to arrive at the scene of road accidents, being the first responders means they may be expected to provide first aid to the victims. They also take part in search and rescue operations, prevent fire hazards by conducting inspections in buildings and oversee fire drills.
While working as a firefighter, you have to deal with difficult working conditions. Risking your life is calculated into your job and it can be very heavy on your nerves and health, but if all of this doesn’t scare you off and your main focus is on helping keep people safe, being a firefighter may be a very gratifying experience for you.
Average salary: $58,442/year
Requirements: You’ll need a high school diploma to apply for the job. Then you’ll be obliged to pass a medical examination and complete firefighting training.
More information: IAFF Canada
3) Rope access technician
The range of duties a rope worker may perform is very diverse and choice of tasks depends mainly on personal skills and requirements of particular clients. It may involve carrying out inspections of high structures, maintenance, window cleaning and so on. Rope access services can also be involved in construction and renovation of high-rise buildings. A team of specialists may be called in to perform tasks such as welding and cladding removal or installation.
Average salary: $52,650/year
Requirements: You must obtain a certification in order to work as a rope access technician. Such certifications can be issued by The International Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) and the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians.
More information: IRATA International
4) High-rise window cleaner
While it will allow you to enjoy an incredible city view, being suspended so high up for long hours means you’ll need to have nerves of steel to do this job. High-rise windows cleaners are responsible for washing windows and glass surfaces in residential and commercial buildings. Depending on the working methods, window cleaning can be carried out using scaffolding, aerial work platform or rope access.
Average salary: $17.50 per hour (average)
Requirements: You can’t start working before completing the training on the usage of high-rise equipment and safety procedures. And in the case of rope access window cleaning, additional certification may be necessary.
More information: International Window Cleaning Association
5) Steel worker
Steel workers are responsible for constructing the steel frames for high-rise buildings and bridges, among others. Details of their everyday work will depend, however, on the type of construction and the crew available for the project, though it will most likely involve welding, cutting steel and installing steel or iron girders.
In order to work in this field, one will also need to possess the ability to interpret blueprints. Having good stamina will also be essential, as this job involves performing physically demanding tasks.
Average salary: $38,025 per year
Requirements: It’s necessary to do an apprenticeship, which may last around 4 years. In some cases, it’s possible to get on-the-job training provided by the employer.
More information: The United Steelworkers
6) Flight attendant
Ensuring that all safety requirements are met and everything is in accordance with the procedures is a responsibility that demands one’s full attention. That’s why being a flight attendant can be a demanding and stressful occupation. While on board, they are responsible not only for the comfort of the passengers but even more so for their safety. They need to possess the ability to stay calm even in the most disagreeable situations.
During an emergency it’ll be the flight attendant’s composure that will help to reassure the passengers. With all its challenges, it simply isn’t a job for people with a fear of heights, as constant feeling of nervousness related to being in the air would be too distracting.
Average salary: $49,316 per year
Requirements: You must have at least a high school diploma and be fit to perform physically demanding tasks. It’s necessary to complete flight attendant training and pass a criminal background check. Some airlines also demand that candidates are of certain height to be able to easily reach necessary equipment.
More information: Transport Canada – flight attendant training
As in case of flight attendants, pilots must be able to keep continuous focus on their duties. There are different career paths you may follow after deciding to be a pilot. And depending on which one you choose, there may be different requirements you’ll have to meet.
For example, if you decide to become a commercial pilot your work can involve flying during rescue missions or aerial application of agricultural materials. As an airline pilot you’d be responsible for transporting cargo and people. This job can be very taxing and with lives of so many people on your shoulders, there is no room for error. Even after hours of training and mastering all the procedures, being able to stay collected in the face of an emergency will be one of your biggest assets.
Average salary: $68,453 per year
Requirements: You need to possess a good understanding of physics and mathematics to join a flight training. After finishing it you have to acquire a licence in order to be allowed to start working in the air.
More information: Air Canada Pilots Association
8) Wind turbine technician
Wind turbines are becoming more common as the knowledge about renewable energy increases in society. They work by converting wind energy into electricity. Wind gets stronger on higher altitudes, which is why wind turbines are generally at least 20m high, to maximise their productivity. To ensure their uninterrupted functioning, regular maintenance is necessary.
Wind turbine technicians’ main duties revolve around maintaining equipment and making repairs. You’ll need to feel comfortable in high places if you want to do this job, as climbing towers to perform inspections will be one of your responsibilities.
Average salary: $37,044 per year
Requirements: Most wind turbine technicians get their certificates in wind energy technology by graduating technical schools or colleges.
More information: Canadian Wind Energy Association
9) Skydiving instructor
Even though this job doesn’t require a formal education, if you want to become an instructor, you need to attend an instructor training course. It will allow you to acquire a license which will serve as proof that you’ve completed a sufficient number of jumps and are familiar enough with safety measures to be able to pass your knowledge to others.
As a skydiving instructor, it will be your duty to prepare your students by explaining the whole process and all the procedures to them while still on the ground, and then assist them up in the sky.
In this job you need to be ready to quickly respond to all unanticipated situations and problems as you are responsible for the security of the less experienced jumpers.
Average salary: $37 per hour (on average)
Requirements: You need to acquire skydiving licenses and complete coaching or instructor training before starting to work.
More information: Canadian Sport Parachuting Association
10) Rock climbing instructor
Combining work and hobby sounds like a dream come true for many. And If you love climbing, fulfilling it may be just within your reach. Provided that you have enough experience and competence, you may be able to convert your favorite pastime into your job. As a rock climbing instructor you’d be responsible for adapting your lessons to the needs and abilities of particular climbers and monitoring their safety. You will definitely need to possess a broad set of skills, as it will involve working with people of all skill levels and ages.
Average salary: $13.61 per hour (on average)
Requirements: To become an instructor, you need to be 18 years old, show evidence of completed Standard First Aid and CPR courses and a recommendation from a facility operator confirming your experience.
More information: Association of Canadian Mountain Guides