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The five most dangerous jobs in the United States are all different, but they have one thing in common. They each require a person to be at risk of injury or death on their job. All of these careers are high-risk and low pay, which makes for an interesting combination. What makes them even more dangerous is that many people do not know about these professions before they begin working! This article will tell you everything you need to know about the 5 most dangerous jobs in America. Read now to find out what those professions are!


The most dangerous occupation in America. A logger is someone who harvests or cuts trees for a living. It’s not an easy job either and requires working outdoors, often during harsh weather conditions. Loggers need to be able to operate heavy machinery like chainsaws and tractors too. On top of that, they often work in remote areas and are miles away from anyone else. Loggers have a very high risk of injury since their job requires them to be constantly moving around heavy objects while working with dangerous equipment like chainsaws—and all by themselves! On average there is one logger who dies on the job every day, so if you’re considering a job as a logger, be sure to wear your safety gear and work with someone on-site!

Construction Workers

Construction is another high-risk profession that requires workers to be on the job for long hours. Just like loggers, those who do construction often deal with harsh weather conditions including rain or snowstorms. Construction work is not easy as it requires using heavy machinery, masonry tools, and doing a lot of physical labor. These and a lot of contributing factors make construction work a hub for a series of work-related injuries or fatalities, not to mention that there isn't a lot of hazard or legal protection for construction workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were around 50 deaths per year between 2011-2016 which works out at an average of 100 fatalities.

Flight Engineers/ Pilots

Flight engineers and pilots are two separate professions, but they work closely together. They both have to be on the lookout for any potential issues while in flight so that their passengers (and crew) remain safe at all times. While it is not often talked about or covered by mainstream media sources, there were a total of 50 fatalities among flight engineers/pilots according to BLS data from 2016 - this works out as an average rate of around 17 deaths per 100,000 full-time employees each year with many other injuries occurring too.

Truck Drivers

In 2018 truck drivers experienced more fatal accidents than any other occupation according to data released by The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - see the source for more information on this and all figures used throughout the article. There were approximately 450 fatalities involving large trucks which led to an average rate of 90 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent employees as well as an additional 300 injuries that resulted in death within a year afterward too.


The final profession that makes the list is electrician. The work these professionals do can be dangerous if they don’t follow procedures and safety protocols closely - see the source for more information about this job too! An average of around 37 fatalities per 100,000 full-time employees occurred in 2016 which works out to approximately 42 deaths total. Overall there were 150 fatalities among electricians over the course of 2016 (source). This means that roughly 200 people died while working as an electrician throughout the year with many other injuries occurring too.

What Are Some Ways to Stay Safe In Your Occupation?

●    Use all safety gear and equipment provided by your employer. Do not be afraid to ask for help if you are new or need assistance!
●    Only work with someone else on-site when there is a risk of injury (and never alone).
●    Keep an eye out for faulty machinery, tools, or other hazards that can lead to serious injuries. Never ignore something that could potentially cause harm to yourself or others around you!
●    Notify your boss immediately so they can handle the problem before it becomes worse - see more below about informing employers too.

By following these steps workers in high danger occupations should be able to reduce their chances of becoming injured while doing their job which will result in fewer fatalities overall as well as lower rates of injury too.

Final Thoughts

Several professions around the world have high rates of fatalities. While I only covered five in this article, it is important to note that some other jobs such as medical professionals and laborers like roofers also tend to be very dangerous, too. There are several ways that these jobs can become less dangerous such as safety equipment, training, and changing procedures. This is why it's important to always follow the rules when doing your job!