The 15 Most Dangerous Jobs In America

Jobs are available in these industries, but death rates are higher

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Ten percent of Americans can't find a job, but that doesn't mean there aren't jobs out there. They're just not the kind of jobs most Americans want.

We've got a list of the 15 most dangerous jobs from the BLS.

If you're not afraid of getting trapped in a mine or climbing 1,700-foot broadcast towers without safety cords, then go get yourself a job.


15. Grounds maintenance workers

12 fatalities per 100,000

160 fatalities in 2007

Falls are a common cause of death.

$14/hr is the average wage.

Find a job now as a grounds maintenance worker.

14. Helpers, construction trades

13.7 fatalities per 100,000

18 fatalities in 2007

Falls are a common cause of death.

$15/hr is the average wage.

Find a job now as a helper in construction trades.

13. Firefighters

17.4 fatalities per 100,000

50 fatalities in 2007

Fires and explosions are common causes of death.

Wage information was not available.

Find a job now as a firefighter.

12. Construction laborers

19.5 fatalities per 100,000

345 fatalities in 2007

Falls are a common cause of death.

$16/hr is the average wage.

Find a job now as a construction laborer.

11. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

21.3 fatalities per 100,000

50 fatalities in 2007

Assaults and violent acts are common causes of death.

$12/hr is the average wage.

Find a job now as a taxi drivers or as a chauffeur.

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10. Police and sheriff's patrol officers

21.8 fatalities per 100,000

146 fatalities in 2007

Transportation incidents are a common cause of death.

Wage information is not available.

Find a job now as a police or sheriff's patrol officer.

9. Refuse and recyclable material collectors

22.8 fatalities per 100,000

18 fatalities in 2007

Transportation incidents are a common cause of death.

$17/hr is the average wage.

Find a job now as a refuse and recyclable material collector.

8. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

28.2 fatalities per 100,000

976 fatalities in 2007

Transportation incidents are a common cause of death.

$12/hr is the average wage.

Find a job now as a driver/sales worker or truck driver.

7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

29.1 fatalities per 100,000

30 fatalities in 2007

Exposure to harmful substances or environments is a common cause of death.

$22/hr is the average wage.

Find a job now as an electrical power-line installer or repairer.

6. Roofers

29.4 fatalities per 100,000

79 fatalities in 2007

Falls are a common cause of death.

$16/hr is the average wage.

Find a job now as a roofer.
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5. Farmers and ranchers

39.5 fatalities per 100,000

293 fatalities in 2007

Transportation incidents are a common cause of death.

Wage information was not available.

Find a job now as a farmer or rancher.

4. Structural iron and steel workers

45.5 fatalities per 100,000

40 fatalities in 2007

Contact with objects and equipment is a common cause of death.

$19/hr is the average wage.

Find a job now as a structural iron or steel worker.

3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

70.7 fatalities per 100,000

87 fatalities in 2007

Transportation incidents are a common cause of death.

Wage information was not available.

Find a job now as a aircraft pilot or flight engineer.

2. Logging workers

86.4 fatalities per 100,000

76 fatalities in 2007

Contact with objects and equipment is a common cause of death.

$13/hr is the average wage.

Find a job now as a logging worker.

1. Fishers and related fishing workers

111.8 fatalities per 100,000

38 fatalities in 2008

Transportation incidents are a common cause of death.

$13/hr is the average wage.

Find a job now as a fisher and related fishing workers.

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David Stephanie Patt

so military jobs are safe?

February 09 2014 at 5:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bullrider

Notice that women aren't clamoring for openings in these jobs. It's called the glass casket syndrome.

November 15 2013 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mcstowy

Al;ittle misleading as this list is limited to "accidental" deaths that are actually reported. Many dangerous jobs involve exposure to toxic substances that cause death and disability over time.

November 15 2013 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pacedr

Listen folks, there are lots of risks in life. I worked a number of these jobs as I worked my way through school, and now, other than the military, I may be in the most dangerous job of all, and it is not even on the list. As a health care provider my colleagues and I are continuously exposed to hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV, menningitis, and a myriad of other diseases that may not kill you right on the spot, but will catch up to you quickly enough that they certanly can be labelled as job related deaths. Articles like this are stupid, and they just tend to create paranoia. Maybe we should all just become recluses like Howard Hughes, and wither away in some self imposed hotel isolation room.

November 15 2013 at 5:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

I meant Katy sorry Sir.

November 14 2013 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

I agree with George and Kitty. But in 2007 119 firefighters died in 2007. The correct figures can obtained from the USFA website there AOL.COM.

November 14 2013 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi George & Katy

I'm a Police Officer / Captain, so I agree with the listing posted of the most dangerous jobs in America. But I must say that we cannot forget our military service Men & Woman of our armed forces. Especially when they are away oversears and in combat. They never know if they're ever coming back home. It's a reality that we all have to face. I had friends and family members who served in Afganistan and Iraq. I remember telling them goodby and stating to them "I'll see you when you get back". "They have never made it back".

November 14 2013 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Erin

What is with the "Find a job as a ...." link below each of the low -paying but incredibly high fatality rate job descriptions? That's sadistic!

November 14 2013 at 9:44 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
pruck3

If the average pay is correct, I am amazed that skilled labor is paid so poorly.

November 14 2013 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deborah

Mining didn't make the list....

November 14 2013 at 8:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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ericberkhimer

Exactly .... Especially after the beginning of the article mentions \"trapped in a mine\" yet mining doesn\'t make the top 15? Very misleading and another (unsubstantiated) slam on the mining industry

November 14 2013 at 10:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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C Hilton

I had the same observation- why did the author put in an ignorant bias? Huge loss of credibility as a result.

November 14 2013 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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