18 of the Most Dangerous Jobs Around the World
Earning a living could cost you your life if you have one of these risky careers.
This job isn’t just milking cows or planting vegetables. Heavy machinery, in addition to sun exposure, animals, and chemical hazards all pose a significant risk to farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers. It’s one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in the United States and in many countries around the world, including Australia. Most deaths in this industry were transportation accidents.
For workers in this industry around the world, the potential earnings no doubt outweigh the risks; however, the dangers are rife. Cave-ins, explosions, chemical leaks, fatigue, falls, electrocution, toxic fumes, and heavy loads are some of the hazards miners face on the job. China has the world’s largest mining industry and also one of the deadliest. A report found that the country accounts for 80 percent of coal-mining deaths around the world each year, most a result of explosions. These are the 20 dirtiest jobs in the world.
TV shows and movies might have you believe that cops have one of the deadliest jobs in the world, but in fact, the men and women in blue don’t even crack the top ten most dangerous jobs in the country. However, there is one major difference and common risk that police officers face on the job that most other professions don’t: murder. Fatalities in other industries are hardly ever from homicide, while a portion of police officer deaths every year are at the hands of others. According to the BLS, “Police officers incurred 51 homicides in 2016, up 50 percent from 34 fatalities in 2015.” Read on for the 45 things police officers wish you knew.
Truck and sales drivers
Truck drivers had the highest number of fatalities on the job in 2016 compared to any other occupation in the United States, with a death rate of 24.7 per 100,000 workers. Some drivers carry heavy and dangerous loads over large distances and will sometimes drive when they are tired, making the possibility of a deadly crash more probable. The report also found that out of all work injuries across all industries, transportation incidents remained the most prominent cause of death.
Stuntmen and stuntwomen
This job is all about danger: Workers are essentially employed to perform crazy stunts that are too risky for actors to perform or to thrill a live audience. Dicey maneuvers like jumping from great heights, crashing vehicles, or using real weapons in fights are part of the gig and can lead to injuries or even death. While there are no official statistics, ScreenRant lists 15 times stunt men and women were injured or killed. Find out what 12 people with cool jobs revealed about their work.
Grounds maintenance workers
While taking care of parks and the grounds outside of office areas sounds straightforward, according to the BLS, these workers had the tenth most dangerous job in 2016, with 217 total fatalities reported. Most workers died from transportation accidents, while others were the result of falls, being struck by loose objects, or electrocutions.
Private investigators often work on their own with no backup and catch people doing shameful or illegal acts. Kusic and Kusic Private Investigators Ltd. outlined some of the dangers facing detectives, including extreme temperatures, the risk of getting into car accidents, demanding work schedules, and the possibility that a subject will violently lash out.
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
These employees oversee and coordinate construction and extraction activities for their staff, but even supervising is among the most dangerous jobs. The construction industry, in general, saw a 6 percent increase in fatalities from 2015 to 2016 and had the highest number of fatalities in all industries with 991 deaths, according to the latest BLS data. Unfortunately, first-line supervisors also saw an increase in fatal injury rates, going from 16.1 to 18.0. Next, find out the weirdest jobs you can apply for.