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The Most Dangerous Jobs in America

Updated October 13, 2018 71.9k views30 items

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A list of the most dangerous jobs in America. These are the jobs in the United States that have the most fatalities. Every jobs has its risks, and while only a few people out of a hundred thousand might not sound like much, consider how many people in most professions actually die as a direct result of their work. If you enjoy living on the edge then these might be the careers for you. The salary for a job like this might not be great, but the adrenalin will certainly be a perk. As this list shows, danger can be found in all sorts of different fields.

Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-04-08/the-20-most-dangerous-jobs
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  • 1

    Fisherman

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 127 (42 in 2011)
  • 2

    Logger

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 104 (65 in 2011)
  • 3

    Airplane Pilot

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 56 (71 in 2011)
  • 4

    Farmer/Rancher

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 26 (268 in 2011)
  • 5

    Construction Laborers

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 16 (191 in 2011)
  • 6

    Sanitation Worker

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 36 (30 in 2011)
  • 7

    Roofer

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 34 (60 in 2011)
  • 8

    Structural Iron and Steel Workers

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 30 (18 in 2011)
  • 9

    Oil and Gas Driller

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 24
  • 10

    Merchant Mariner

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 23
  • 11
    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 25 (774 in 2011)
  • 12

    Power Line Installer

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 20 (26 in 2011)
  • 13

    Coal Miner

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 13 (17 in 2011)
  • 14

    Grounds Maintenance Workers

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 17 (183 in 2011)
  • 15

    Taxi and Limousine Driver

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 19 (64 in 2011)
  • 16
    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 19 (130 in 2011)
  • 17

    Construction Equipment Operator

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers:  12 (47 in 2011)
  • 18

    Cement Manufacturer

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 13
  • 19

    Miller

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 12
  • 20

    Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Referees

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 10
  • 21
    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 8
  • 22
    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 7
  • 23

    Animal Slaughterers

    Number of Deaths per 100,000 Workers: 2
  • 24

    Soldier

  • 25

    Cell Phone Tower Repairmen