As 2009 comes to a close, the most dangerous jobs list has arrived from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). You may find yourself rethinking your career choice after reading this, especially since you are not only putting your life at risk. The jobs on the list aren't the highest paying jobs. Plus, many of them don't offer you the greatest benefits if you are hurt or killed on the job. You may want to reconsider your career from a cost-benefit analysis perspective.

Without any further ado, here is the list of the 10 most dangerous jobs for 2009:

10. Cops/Law Enforcement

Cops risk their lives every day. Being a policeman is even more dangerous today than it has been in the past. Our policemen have to deal with gangs, mafia, criminals, and other individuals that break our laws. The job can be especially dangerous when there is a territorial dispute between two street gangs. Law Enforcement is a dangerous profession, but, luckily, individuals still choose it and keep us safe in the process.

9. Truck Drivers

Being a truck driver is one of the most dangerous jobs in America and it’s held by thousands of Americans. Truck drivers have really tight time constraints for pick-ups and deliveries that they have to meet. This means that they travel fast, sometimes getting little sleep, and they must deal with traffic and weather which can put them really far behind. They are even limited on the breaks that they take. They spend their days on the highways carrying heavy loads, trying to make it to the next stop on time. Naturally, this puts them at risk of accidents from fatigue and other factors.

8. Electrical Repairs

Electrical workers are always trying to fix power lines. This means that they work day or night, rain or shine. The combination of water and high voltage power lines mean a higher likelihood that things will go wrong. They face the constant risk of falling and electrocution. Electricians always have to be on guard, making sure that they only touch certain wires and avoid other wires.

7. Roofing

Roofers’ safety is mainly in jeopardy because they act like tough guys and don't harness themselves in. They spend a lot of time putting shingles on and repairing roofs in all sorts of conditions whether it's rain or snow. In these circumstances, roofers have a very high chance of falling.

6. Farmers and Ranchers

Not only do farmers have to deal with animals, but also with machines and Mother Nature. They are the reason that the rest of us are able to survive. Farmers must always be aware so they aren't kicked in the head by an animal or have some piece of machinery injure them. Not long ago, a wildfire killed some farmers were killed in a wildfire while they were trying to gather their cattle. These are just some of the reasons why farming and ranching are so difficult and ultimately dangerous.

5. Pilots

Pilots are not only responsible for themselves but also for the passengers that they carry and whatever they hit in the event of a crash. They fly public airlines, corporate jets, private planes, crop dusters, and more. They not only have to deal with the aspect of flying a plane, but also Mother Nature and faulty parts. Which were factors for the Air France flight that went down off the coast of Brazil.

4. Iron and Steel Workers

These workers have to mold, set, and handle metal construction materials. They build bridges and skyscrapers and have a job that requires them to spend a lot of their time above the ground. If they fall they are in serious trouble. Plus they have to be exceptionally careful because if beams fall on them they can be killed or paralyzed, which may result in them never returning to work.

3. Military

For obvious reasons, military personnel have a very risky job. Soldiers are thrown into conflict equipped with guns, tanks, grenades, bombs, and lots of other weapons in order to try and stop a conflict or take something over. There are always people out to get them so they have to protect themselves and quell opposition. Either way, when you have men and women fully armed, there are bound to be casualties and fatalities.

2. Logging

Unless you have seen "American Loggers" on TV, you may not have realized how dangerous it really is. They work at high altitudes, sometimes on the sides of mountains, removing trees. If they aren't harnessed in properly or paying attention to their surroundings, they may not survive to see nightfall. Logging is a science. If the tree goes down a different way than you expected, you may never be cutting wood again. Once the tree is down though, the danger isn't over. The men need to always be sober because, even if they have already cut down the trees, they still have to get the trees off the mountain.

1. Fishing

Being a professional fisherman may seem like something that would be relaxing but the TV show "Deadliest Catch" proves otherwise. This is the most deadly profession of 2009. These men go out for weeks at a time and have to face Mother Nature and the ocean. In 2008, the Labor Department reported 50 deaths out of 39,000. This boils down to 128.9 per 100,000 full-time workers dying. Rough seas, unpredictable weather, and isolation during emergencies make this job very dangerous.

While these jobs may be dangerous, they are also very rewarding. They offer individuals an exciting job that isn't routine. They have to always be aware of their surroundings and stay alert. Otherwise, their life may be on the line. These jobs are also very physical and allow workers the ability to get outside and see and do different things. While these jobs are rewarding, individuals would be wise to consider other options.

2 comments on “2009’s: 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

  • Just woundering if they have ever considered tree trimmers that trim for the power company's?  They just the same as a lineman work in all times of the day and weather, with the dangers of the trees like the loggers? Just woundering?

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