The 10 Most Deadly Occupations in America

The most dangerous job in the country has a fatality rate of about 6 percent. But the news isn’t all bad.

Fishers have the most dangerous job in the country, the research website CareerTrends reports this week.

The website compiled a list of 25 occupations with the highest reported fatality rates among full-time workers from 2011 to 2013, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a federal agency.

The BLS defines “fishers and related fishing workers” as workers who:

  • Use nets, fishing rods, traps or other equipment to catch and gather fish or other aquatic animals from rivers, lakes or oceans for human consumption or other uses.
  • May haul game onto ships.

According to CareerTrends’ research, fishers had a fatality rate of 60.36 deaths per 1,000 workers — about 6 percent — from 2011 to 2013.

Experienced fishers earn an average of $18.42 per hour and $38,310 per year.

The news is not all grim for the fishing industry, however. No commercial fishers died on the job in Alaska over the past year — a new record.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports that the past federal fiscal year, which ended last month, is the first year in known history during which no one died on the job while commercial fishing in the state.

The top 10 occupations on CareerTrends’ list, which all had a fatality rate of about 1 percent or more, are:

  • Fishers
  • Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers
  • Tree fallers
  • Tree trimmers and pruners
  • Commercial pilots
  • Commercial divers
  • Ranch workers
  • Door-to-door sales workers
  • Athletes
  • Animal breeders

For more unfortunate occupational statistics, check out “States Where You’re Most Likely to Die on the Job.”

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