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Carlsbad, CA (August 11, 2016) – According to a new CareerCast report, some of the most vital careers to upholding and maintaining the very fabric of American society are also among the most dangerous.

It’s no shock that professions such as Police Officer, Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician, which are often associated with danger, made CareerCast’s top 10. These professions are tailored for the brave; those willing to sacrifice their own health and safety for the well being of others.

Surprisingly, veterinarians were also named among the most dangerous professions. 

“Animals can be unpredictable and sometimes dangerous,” says Kyle Kensing, Online Content Editor, CareerCast. “ Veterinarians working with dogs and cats can face the workplace hazards of bites and scratches, and those who work with livestock and other large animals risk serious injury.”

Rounding out the top 10 most dangerous jobs are Construction Laborer, Correction Officer, Farmer, Nursing Assistant, Taxi Driver and Truck Driver.

Quantifying the safest jobs is not quite as clear as determining the most dangerous. Low demand for travel, low physical activity and/or exertion, and workplace settings contribute to safer, physical conditions. Some of the best-ranked Jobs Rated careers for environment have the lowest rate of physical incidents.

IT jobs like Computer Systems Analyst and Web Developer reported the fewest cases of on-the-job injury or illness. Other safe jobs include include Accountant/Auditor, Actuary, Dietician, Interpreter/Translator, Mathematician, Medical Records Technician, Paralegal Assistant, and Statistician.



The following are the 10 most dangerous jobs of 2016 that appear in the Jobs Rated report.

Profession

Average Salary

Growth Outlook

Construction Laborer

$30,890

13%

Correction Officer

$40,580

4%

Emergency Medical Technician

$31,980

24%

Farmer

$64,170

-2%

Firefighter

$46,870

5%

Nursing Assistant

$25,710

17%

Police Officer

$60,270

4%

Taxi Driver

$23,510

13%

Truck Driver

$40,260

5%

Veterinarian

$88,490

9%

The most dangerous jobs were compiled by cross-referencing the 200 jobs tracked in the 2016 Jobs Rated report with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and various trade organization data.

The following are CareerCast’s 10 safest jobs of 2016: 

Profession

Average Salary

Growth Outlook

Accountant/Auditor

$67,190

11%

Actuary

$97,070

18%

Computer Systems Analyst

$85,800

21%

Dietician

$57,910

16%

Interpreter/Translator

$44,190

29%

Mathematician

$111,100

21%

Medical Records Technician

$37,110

15%

Paralegal Assistant

$48,810

8%

Statistician

$80,110

34%

Web Developer

$64,970

27%

The safest jobs were chosen based on work environment, which includes these physical factors, all of which contribute to workplace danger: energy (exertion/stamina); physical demands; work conditions (toxic fumes, noise, etc.); and degree of confinement.


Methodology: CareerCast cross-referenced the salaries of the 200 careers tracked by the Jobs Rated report, broken down by metropolitan area via the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. CareerCast then measured average cost of living in cities that paid comparatively well in a broad range of sectors, using Payscale.com’s Cost of Living Calculator, with data via the Council for Community and Economic Research.

About CareerCast.com

CareerCast.com, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America; job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content; and videos and blogs; and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites. CareerCast.com also compiles the Jobs Rated Report (http://www.jobsrated.com), where 200 jobs across North America are ranked based on detailed analysis of specific careers factors.

Editor’s Note: This material may be published with a link to: http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/most-dangerous-jobs-2016

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