This Is the Deadliest Job in America, According to Data

Statistics show these dangerous occupations have the highest death rates.

For those of us who make our living sitting in front of a computer screen for hours on end each day, rarely—OK, never—are we putting our physical lives at risk while performing our jobs. Outside of a sore back or the threat of developing health problems later in life, it's pretty safe to say that wondering if we'll make it through work alive is probably not a common thought those of us working behind a desk have. But for countless other people, serious physical harm—and yes, even death—is an all too real concern when performing their daily job responsibilities. To find out where that threat is most prevalent, we consulted the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to see which civilian occupation had the most annual fatal work injuries per capita*. Read on to discover the deadliest job in America, and if yours is on the list, please take extra caution the next time you clock in.

*Per capita equates to fatal injuries per 100,000 workers in all instances.

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Ground maintenance workers

Ground maintenance workers
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Annual deaths per capita: 19.8

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Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Farmer plowing field in a tractor
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Annual deaths per capita: 23.2

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Structural iron and steel workers

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Annual deaths per capita: 26.3

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Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

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Annual deaths per capita: 26.8

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Garbage and recyclable collectors

Garbage collector on garbage truck
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Annual deaths per capita: 35.2

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Construction workers

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Annual deaths per capita: 40.0

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Roofers

Man Installing a New Roof, home renovation cost
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Annual deaths per capita: 54.0

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Aircraft pilots and engineers

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Annual deaths per capita: 61.8

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Logging workers

Logging workers
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Annual deaths per capita: 68.9

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Fishing workers

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Annual deaths per capita: 145.0

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