Most Dangerous Medical Careers

A flight medic with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, is hoisted into a medical helicopter with Luca, a Military Working Dog with 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, during a training exercise at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2011. The training prepared the flight medics for medical evacuation of working dogs. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Needham/Released)

The field of medicine is one of the industries that poses the most risk to its practitioners. As medical professionals, doctors, nurses, and other employees that work in health care carry the burden of having the lives of the patients in their hands. On the other hand, it is not only the lives of the patients that are at risk when doing any medical procedure. Health care professionals also face some risks like being stabbed by an infected needle, inhaling pathogens, or even mishandling reagents that are potentially harmful to people. As such, people have the right to know about some of the most dangerous medical professions.


Emergency medical technicians and paramedics, emergency medicine physician, and emergency nurses belong to this category. They are the ones who first respond during emergencies and the first people to conduct any medical procedure that is needed to save a patient’s life.

EMTs go directly on site of emergency and they make sure that the patient will be brought safely to the hospital. Emergency medicine physicians, on the other hand, specialize in providing treatment to patients in case of emergencies. The cases they handle vary depending on status of the patients delivered to them. Aside from aiding the doctors, emergency nurses have the responsibility of prioritizing the patients. They make sure that those who are in critical situations get looked at first by doctors and they also ensure that everything goes smoothly inside the emergency room.

The risks faced by these people is that they do not have any idea of the kind of emergency that may arise. And as such, there may come a time when they are not fully prepared to handle a medical situation. Commotions may also arise in emergency rooms and if not handled properly, they can pose certain dangers to the doctors and nurses alike.


This include the doctors, nurses, and other medical employees that work for the military. They are trained and educated to only treat soldiers and their families. In addition, it is very likely that they are constantly sent to other destinations to provide medical care. This kind people face the dangers of warfare and because of this, they must also possess certain military skills to be able to protect themselves.


Flight surgeon and flight nurses are different from other medical professionals in that they are trained in aeromedicine and they are tasked with the safe treatment and transfer of patients that are aboard flying vessels. Though journey on air has been considerably safer than before, the danger of vehicular crashes still loom over the heads of flight surgeons and flight nurses.


There are medical professionals who work in correctional facilities like prisons and penitentiaries. They face imminent danger everyday as violence may breakout anytime of the day in these kind of facilities. The maximum security used in these places may also prove to be taxing to some doctors and nurses.


These are the people who are involved in taking care of patients afflicted with mental illness. Though maximum security is implemented in health institutions that deal with these cases, psychiatric doctors and nurses still face some danger since their patients are unstable and run the risk of having violent bouts.


This career may not look as dangerous as the previous one but it still poses some risks. With the growing industry of prescription drugs, some people may grow dependent on them and as such, they may resort to violent ways if pharmacists see it fit to refuse giving them medicinal drugs.