Working in IT is often seen as a deskbound activity where RSI and smelly coworkers are the biggest risk. PC World has rounded up a list of the most dangerous technology jobs, which includes everything from moderating Internet content to maintaining undersea cables.
I can’t say that moderating comments on Lifehacker feels very dangerous, but I certainly wouldn’t fancy the task of maintaining military IT systems. There’s no exact figures, but certainly some deadly examples:
According to a count conducted in September 2009, at least three telecommunications engineers are among the 533 foreign private contractors who have died in Iraq since the beginning of the conflict there. Two telecom engineers are among the 146 private foreign contractors who have perished in Afghanistan.
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