10 Most Dangerous Jobs In The U.S.

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What makes a job dangerous and potentially fatal? It can be any number of factors, including the type of work and where it's performed. Last year, as the Labor Department recently reported, 4,609 people lost their lives on the job, a rate equal to 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers.

While the preliminary number is alarming, it is 2 percent less than 2010's tally, when 4,690 workplace fatalities were recorded. What's more, industries known for high fatality rates saw a downward trend in year-over-year deaths.

The number of fatal work injuries in the private construction sector declined by 7 percent last year, CareerBuilder notes, adding that economic conditions, which caused the delay or termination of construction projects, may explain some of the decline.

Curious about which careers are America's most dangerous? You might be surprised by the jobs on this list. Some seem mundane. Some are incredibly common. Check out the gallery below, which lists the nation's 10 most dangerous jobs, as measured by number of deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers.

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Kimberly Wright wins

Ha, I agree...stupid list:) Why aren't porn stars on the list?

October 14 2013 at 4:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These statistics are typically based on industrial accidents reported to OSHA. Most police officers are actually murdered in the line of duty. These intentional deaths are not classified as job related accidents and thus they are reported to the FBI for statistical record keeping, rather than OSHA. The fact is that police officer deaths are consistently in the top 10 lethal occupations by percentile, and top 3 based on raw numbers.

August 12 2013 at 5:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

176 police officers killed in 2011 and 418 US military members KIA.

March 14 2013 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

91 firefighter deaths in 2011
82 in 2012

March 14 2013 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Corey's comment

72% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
The National Fire Protection Agency reported 61 Fatalities in 2011, and 64 in 2012.
With 1,100,450 Firefighters in 2011, that's 0.055%, or about 55 per million.

July 01 2013 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Mandrake's comment

Association, not "Agency", sorry.
And I should have reported that as 5.5 per 100,000, the equivalent "Fatality work rate" used in this article. (Compare to 121.2 in the Fishing Industry. That is, you're >20X more likely to die in the fishing industry, than as a fire fighter.)
Furthermore, about half of those Firefighter fatalities were "Sudden Cardiac Deaths" (read Heart Attacks).

July 01 2013 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

They left out an important category: Caregivers. 65% of all caregivers caring for a family member with a chronic illness predecease those in their care. I'm going to the funeral of one of those "statistics" today.

March 14 2013 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rebecca Maria

That was so much more boring than I expected it to be.

March 12 2013 at 12:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steven Allen Foskey

These facts are based upon number of deaths...although some of you think there are alot of jobs that are more danderous, these are the ones with the highest death toll or report of accident....Other than the millitary, id say this list is spot on...I am an iron worker and i can gaurantee you that ppl in the medical field are safe and sound in comparison...get over it ppl...

December 07 2012 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary Horaczek

The bouncer who tells Chuck Norris to move his decrepit old white ass or he'll move it for him.

November 11 2012 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew Lin

You forgot about the U.S. President. 4 out of 44 of them have been assassinated.

October 31 2012 at 3:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Wrong these statistics were for the most recent year. So in fact the fatality rate for U.S. President was 0. This also looks at a general job set. Not specific jobs. Thus presedent may be under the category of politician in which the fatality rate may be much different. What you did is no different than if I said that the most dangerous job was a Iwo Jima Marine or a D-day Soldier in which the rates are much higher than that of a U.S president. Also, at least 3 of the President's were assasinated during times when the were not performing Presidential duties. One was at a play, one was driving in a car in a parade and the other was a a music festival.

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