5 Deadliest Jobs in the World

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If you are upset that you are not working because of the economy, look on the bright side; you won’t die at work. While workplace fatalities have decreased over time, there are some jobs that keep the Grim Reaper working as a full-time employee, with benefits. The Bureau of Labor Statistics and CNN Money released data and a report on which profession will kill you the fastest. How safe is the job you have compared to these high-risk careers?

5 Mining

Whether it is a coal mine or an oil rig, mining for natural resources is a deadly occupation. This is one of those jobs that makes you glad you survived another day when you hear the whistle blow. Gas and oil wells are under pressure and when they blow unexpectedly, it can be fatal for those around. For those who travel underground in the coal mines, there is the chance of falling rock, tunnel collapses and falls down the mine shaft. For every 100,000 workers in the mining industry, 38 lost their lives in 2011.

4 Farming

Farmers have it tough, but not from rising seed prices and drought. The killers in this job include tractors, combines, exposure to chemicals and explosions. These hazards are just for those souls who plant crops. Livestock farmers–the guys that raise the beef–deal with stampedes, angry bulls and the occasional kick from a stray hoof. BLS reported 385 deaths and injuries in 2011 in the farming industry. It averages out to more than 40 deaths for every 100,000 workers. When a farmer yells for you to watch your step, he may not mean the cow paddy.

3 Alaskan Pilots

Whoever said driving a car was more dangerous than flying never flew in Alaska. In the decade that spanned 2000 to 2010, there were over 1,100 plane crashes in Alaska. An average of 21 deaths per year occurred between 2006 and 2011. The land is rugged, and roads are not as plentiful as they are in the lower 48 states. People depend on single and twin-engine planes for medical emergencies, supplies and travel to and from other parts of the state. Even the most experienced pilot can fly out of a cloud bank and into the face of a mountain, or worse–into another plane. It is so bad that the Federal Flight Administration has singled out Alaska for a safety program to lower these statistics. If you are up for a sense of adventure, just schedule a flight into Alaska’s interior.

2 Logging

This job adds a whole new meaning to a thousand ways to die. You get to choose from being crushed by a falling tree, fatal chainsaw wounds, run over by heavy equipment or a myriad of other hazards. Consider the fact that the terrain is rugged and uneven–not someone’s gently sloping backyard–and it is easy to see why this job resulted in more than 70 deaths in 2011. To put this in perspective, there are over 90 deaths out of 100,000 full-time employees, each year. The Oregon Science and Health University even has a poster about logging safety that is titled “Trees Kill.”

1 Deep Sea Fishermen

Being swept overboard in a wave, tangled in ropes or crushed by a stack of lobster traps are just a few of the hazards you must look out for when working on a deep-sea fishing boat. Even if you do survive the initial injury, remember these guys are out in the ocean, far away from any type of emergency medical help. You could die while waiting for a rescue team. Ninety 90 fishermen lost their lives in 2011 from injuries sustained on the job. That is an average of 116 out of 100,000 workers who die each year in the fishing industry. This job makes a vacation swimming with sharks look inviting.

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You should only consider one of these deadly jobs as a last resort. Instead, take a look at our 5 Best Job-Hunting Tips for college grads.

Julie Richards is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for over 30 years, and published a variety of e-books and articles on gardening, small business and farming. She is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her bachelor's degree in English.

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