10 Jobs That Cause the Most Illness and Injury

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Which jobs are the most dangerous — without being fatal?

If you’re contemplating a career, or even just a part-time job, one thing to consider is an occupation’s rate of injury and illness.

Money Talks News analyzed the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is for 2019, to determine which jobs in the private sector have the highest rates of nonfatal injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work.

If you’re more curious about which jobs have the highest rates of fatal injuries, check out “The 10 Most Deadly Jobs for 2021.”

10. Ship engineers

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Incidence rate for this occupation: 433 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

Incidence rate across all private-industry occupations: 86.9 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

9. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

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Incidence rate for this occupation: 442.2 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

Incidence rate across all private-industry occupations: 86.9 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

8. Aircraft cargo handling supervisors

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Incidence rate for this occupation: 484.1 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

Incidence rate across all private-industry occupations: 86.9 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

7. Flight attendants

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Incidence rate for this occupation: 517 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

Incidence rate across all private-industry occupations: 86.9 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

6. Mining roof bolters

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Incidence rate for this occupation: 531.4 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

Incidence rate across all private-industry occupations: 86.9 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

5. Police and sheriff’s patrol officers

Minneapolis Police
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Incidence rate for this occupation: 758.6 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

Incidence rate across all private-industry occupations: 86.9 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

Wondering what these workers get paid to put their health — and their lives — on the line? Check out “How Much Police Make in Every State.”

4. Psychiatric technicians

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Incidence rate for this occupation: 779 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

Incidence rate across all private-industry occupations: 86.9 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

3. Dietetic technicians

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Incidence rate for this occupation: 847 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

Incidence rate across all private-industry occupations: 86.9 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

2. Setters, operators and tenders of welding, soldering and brazing machines

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Incidence rate for this occupation: 1,277.1 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

Incidence rate across all private-industry occupations: 86.9 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

1. Athletes and sports competitors

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Incidence rate for this occupation: 2,605.1 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

Incidence rate across all private-industry occupations: 86.9 injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work for every 10,000 full-time workers

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