The most dangerous jobs in America

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16 2013 11:18 p.m. MDT

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As the economy continues to trudge toward recovery, those now re-entering the job market must decide which industries to join.

Last January, to help those looking for work, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report of the fastest-growing industries. Everything from computer system and design-related work to child care services were projected to see major demand increases in the coming years.

Job seekers might also need to consider more recent information from the bureau, however.

In August, the BLS released its report of the most dangerous jobs in the country. According to the most recent statistics, a total of 4,383 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2012, many of which were concentrated within 10 careers.

While the study shows that overall, the most dangerous industries have declined in fatal injuries, it’s important to note that one of the jobs listed in the BLS study as being particularly dangerous is also included in the list of the fastest-growing industries: construction.

So as the currently unemployed — or those who wish to switch careers — consider their job options, understanding the potential risks of the country's most dangerous professions could make all the difference.
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I am a bit confused. Construction is one of the ten -- then they go on to also count roofers, structural iron workers -- ? I would think those are part of "construction".


Yep. Each of these dangerous occupations is also dominated by men. I wish, wish, wish that those who so ardently push for adequate female representation on corporate boards and C-level occupations would put time into rectifying the even greater imbalance among occupations like these here. Why are we so heartless and discriminating against women? We need more education and affirmative action programs to show women what they're missing out as "power line repairers" in an ice storm; the adrenaline of nearly losing a limb as a "logging worker", and the exciting daily travel of a "refuse collector."

Salt Lake City, UT

Wow, logit, that was a bizarre response.

Breadth and Depth
Salt Lake City, UT

logit has it right. Enjoying the benefits of the workplace should be equally distributed with the liabilities of the workplace among ALL, and NOT just a select privileged few groups that have been singled out for protection. With veterans it is exactly the opposite as with females logit mentioned. Equal opportunity for veterans is considered in compliance if the number of veterans is proportional over the entire employment cross section. Although I ran into one federal contractor that stated to an ignorant DoLabor investigator that hiring one veteran out of 8,000 employees was complying with the law. Yet veterans, as an average cross section of society, are stuffed into the bottom tiers and the most risky sectors of the employment ranks, and not equally distributed among ALL employment ranks. Employment regulations implementing employment laws are used to oppress sectors of the employment pool that are marginalized, and yet do not rise to the level of a national movement. This approach I think is called "unequal opportunity," and is not protected by the Constitution. We as a people, and our government, are delusional if we think employment law has been made "equal opportunity."

Provo, UT

Yet, the police continue to abuse their authority under "officer safety" even though their job isn't even in the top ten most dangerous.

Salt Lake City, UT


Construction Laborers (#10) are a sub-group of construction, much like ironworkers, electricians, roofers, etc. These are the people who you often see at construction sites performing housekeeping activities, directing traffic, or performing other general job site tasks that do not fall under one of the other trades.

The way they are categorized is a bit confusing. Hopefully this cleared up a bit of confusion.

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