The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the US Aren't What You'd Expect

By Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan on at

When we think of dangerous jobs, most of us think about firefighters or some similar pursuit. But Bloomberg crunched the US Department of Labor’s newly released stats, and came up with a few surprising facts about who really has the most dangerous gig.

Which professions have the highest fatality rates? Fishers top the list, followed by loggers and pilots. Surprisingly, rubbish collectors are more likely to die on the job than either firefighters or police — and most (69 per cent) of those deaths are due to traffic accidents, according to Bloomberg’s interactive. Here are the top ten:

  1. Fishers
  2. Loggers
  3. Aircraft pilots
  4. Miscellaneous extraction workers
  5. Iron and steel workers
  6. Roofers
  7. Garbage collectors
  8. Farmers and ranchers
  9. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
  10. Power-line installers and repairers

Another surprising fact gleaned from the study? Taxi drivers have the highest rates of death due to violence; police officers and security guards are next. Bloomberg points out that taxi drivers are more likely to die by being murdered than an accident, which is truly shocking.


Image: AP Photo/Eric Risberg.