Special: Labor Day Laborers

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On Labor Day, Americans honor the country’s workforce and the end of summer. However, while most of us enjoy a day off, millions must continue to work to keep the country’s utilities going, its people safe and its economy running.

These workers, while being saluted, do not get to celebrate themselves. They may be at work simply because their boss requires it or in response to an emergency. In many cases, the work simply needs to continue — firefighters must be ready to extinguish fires and nurses must tend to patients.

What’s more, workers of some occupations have an increased workload on Labor Day. Police officers, for example, monitor parades and respond to crimes. Air traffic controllers need to deal with the increase in travel common to Labor Day.

24/7 Wall St. has identified crucial jobs in transportation, utilities, security and health care that America cannot afford to let have a day off. We then used the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Employment Statistics database to identify specific job categories and attendant data for each. Of course, not everyone employed in these fields has to take a shift on Labor Day, but unlike traditional factory work or office jobs, the work must go on, and someone still needs to do it.