Hedge fund managers: highly profitable profession, not very dangerous. Freelance alligator wrangler: highly dangerous profession, not very profitable. What if you could capture the thrill of peril, with the security of a cushy pay stub?
Some big-money gigs pay well for a reason (read: imminent death), and even out there in our diminishing job market, there are lucrative opportunities available for those who aren't afraid to risk their necks to make their nut. Here are eight potentially deadly careers that might make you rich.