25 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

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There were 5,250 fatal job-related injuries in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a slight increase from the previous year. While no job is completely free of risk, most jobs are relatively safe. Yet there are quite a few professions that are far more dangerous, and where the risk of dying is more than 10 times higher compared to the average American occupation.

To determine the 25 most dangerous jobs in America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed fatal injury rates for 71 occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries program. These occupations are ranked based on the number of fatal accidents in 2018 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. 

These dangerous jobs often involve the use of heavy machinery and frequently take place in perilous locations, like on top of a building or out in the remote wilderness. 

In spite of the hazards these workers face every day, many of them are not highly compensated. Most of the jobs on this list have a median annual wage of less than $41,000. The danger these jobs pose, coupled with the low pay, have made many of these occupations some of the least desirable professions in the country. These are the worst jobs in America.

Some of the most dangerous jobs could soon be a thing of the past as improvements in technology means many of these jobs could soon be automated. Jobs such as long haul truck driving and logging could soon be replaced by self-driving trucks. While automating these jobs would help reduce injuries and fatalities, it could also put many workers out of a job — and these job losses will take a much greater toll on certain parts of the country than others. These are the cities that will lose the most jobs to automation.

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