Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs of 2020
These are the most dangerous occupations in the U.S., as measured by fatal work injury rate.
The first question one might ask when examining a list of the United States’ most dangerous occupations is: How high on the list did nursing home and healthcare workers place on the list, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?
That’s a great question, but we won’t know the answer to that for a couple years. This list, as in years past, is based on workplace fatality data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and their data lags the current year by two years. In other words, this list is based on 2018 workplace data, so it will be a while until we know how seriously COVID-19 impacted healthcare workers. (In 2018, though, healthcare professionals were near the very bottom of the list.)
Again, as in years past, this list of the Top 10 most dangerous jobs is based on fatal work injury rate, which is calculated per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. While the BLS also tracks total number of workplace deaths (as usual, truck drivers led the list), the fatal work injury rate factors in the relative danger inherent in a job. Since there are far more truck drivers employed than many of the other occupations on the list, the Top 10 list offers a closer look at exactly how often a worker dies while employed in a specific industry.
There was some movement in the rankings compared to last year. For instance, the number one and number two slots switched places. And slots 6-10 are all different from last year. Also, Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers dropped off the Top 10 (unlike Casey Kasem’s legendary Top 10, when you fall off this list, it’s a good thing), and a new occupation joined the list: First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers.
10. First-line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service and Groundskeeping Workers
20.2 fatal work injury rate; 48 fatalities
9. First-line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
21.0 fatal work injury rate; 144 fatalities
8. Structural Iron and Steel Workers
23.6 fatal work injury rate; 15 fatalities
7. Farmers, Ranchers and Agricultural Managers
24.7 fatal work injury rate; 257 fatalities
6. Truck Drivers and Other Drivers
26.0 fatal work injury rate; 966 fatalities
5. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
44.3 fatal work injury rate; 37 fatalities
51.5 fatal work injury rate; 96 fatalities
3. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
58.9 fatal work injury rate; 70 fatalities
2. Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
77.4 fatal work injury rate; 30 fatalities
1. Logging Workers
97.6 fatal work injury rate; 56 fatalities
Source: Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs of 2020 | EHS Today (Also links to 2 previous year’s data)