The Deadliest Jobs in America

The Deadliest Jobs in America Firefighter, Truck Driver, and Animal Care Worker Among the Most Dangerous – There are risks in any job but the professions deemed the most dangerous in a new CareerCast report include the obvious – truck driver, firefighter and enlisted military personnel, as well as the less evident – emergency medical technician, construction laborer and animal care worker.

American employers are always striving for job safety. Still, there are inherent dangers in the workplace, some more than others. Potentially life-threatening danger is part of the job description for police officers and firefighters.

A police officer’s job demands constant vigilance. The Officer Down Memorial Page reports 63 deaths in the line of duty this year. Along with police, parole/corrections officers also face dangers as a fundamental part of the job.

America’s roadways can be hazardous, and heavy/tractor-trailer truck drivers spend their entire workday on the nation’s highways and freeways. To make the job safer, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enacted a 70-hour workweek restriction to prevent fatigued truck drivers from getting behind the wheel.

Other dangerous jobs are perhaps less obvious. The Office of Occupational Safety and Health Statistics reports in its 2013 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), released September 2014, that the highest rate increase of casualty occurred in private construction. The 828 deaths on the job in 2013 equates to a 3% increase over the previous CFOI.

Likewise, the dangers inherent with working in animal care may not be readily apparent. It’s certainly a much different nature of danger than police, emergency medical technicians, military personnel or firefighters face. Animal care can face certain risks from hostile, unpredictable and dangerous animals, as well as large animals, like cows and horses.

If danger beyond a paper cut is not appealing to you, consider a career in business, such as actuary, human resources manager and executive assistant. Jobs in academia also offer safe environments. Historians and mathematicians enjoy two of the top seven best rankings in that category in the 2015 Jobs Rated report.


Jobs Annual Median Wage Projected Growth by 2022

Airline Pilot $98,410 -1%

Animal Care Worker $19,970 15%

Construction Laborer $29,160 25%

Emergency Medical Technician $31,020 23%

Enlisted Military Personnel
(Private First Class E-2, U.S. Army) $21,664 N/A

Firefighter $45,250 7%

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
Truck Driver $38,200 11%

Lumberjack/Logger $33,630 -9%

Parole/Corrections Officer $48,190 -1%

Police Officer $56,980 5%

CareerCast’s Least Dangerous

Jobs Annual Median Wage Projected Growth by 2022

Accountant $63,550 13%

Actuary $93,680 26%

Executive Assistant $51,270 17%

Historian $52,480 6%

Human Resources Manager $99,720 13%

Mathematician $101,360 23%

Medical Records Technician $34,160 22%

Recreation Worker $22,240 14%

Statistician $75,560 27%

Technical Writer $65,500 15%

The jobs chosen were ranked using CareerCast methodology, http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/2015-jobs-rated-methodology


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