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What Are The Most Unhealthy Jobs And Careers In The United States?

Podiatrists chiropodists

It’s not just construction workers, police officers or Firefighter, who have high rates of workplace illnesses, injuries, high stress, exposure to disease and infection, and depressing work environments — slowly chip away at your mental and physical health.

In fact, every profession has its health risks. I’ve listed some of these hazardous jobs, and the results may surprise you Are you at risk? What are the most unhealthy Jobs and Careers in the United States?

Well, in this troubled economy, where unemployment rose to its highest level and the employed are overworked and underpaid, the competition is surely stiff.

The following professions are among the highest in terms of injuries, exposure to contaminants, dangerous working conditions, exposure to hazardous conditions; exposure to radiation; risk of minor burns, cuts, bites, and stings; and time spent sitting; and illnesses – to rank the most unhealthy jobs in U.S.A, we used data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a U.S. Department of Labor database full of detailed information on occupations.

The nature of the health effect, whether chronic, terminal, or permanent damage, is also a factor in our ranking. Some of these employees even face threats to their lives. Yet work takes up the majority of our time and has a huge affect on every aspect of our health and well-being. Here we reveal the most unhealthy Jobs and Careers In The United States.

7) Immigration and Customs Inspectors: Overall unhealthiness score: 59.3

What they do: Investigate and inspect people, common carriers, goods, and merchandise, arriving in or departing from the U.S. or between states to detect violations of immigration and customs laws and regulations.

Top three health risks:
Exposure to contaminants: 78
Exposure to disease and infections: 63
Exposure to radiation: 62

airport terminal

6) Podiatrists: Overall unhealthiness score: 60.2

What they do: Podiatrists, also previously known as chiropodists, provide preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of problems affecting the feet, ankle and lower legs. Their specialist skills focus on tending infections, ailments, defects and injuries of the foot and lower leg, as well as treating foot and nail conditions related to other major health disorders (e.g. diabetes).

Top three health risks:
Exposure to disease and infections: 87
Exposure to radiation: 69
Time spent sitting: 61

Podiatrists chiropodists

5) Veterinarians and Veterinary Assistants/Technologists: Overall unhealthiness score: 60.3

What they do: A veterinarian is a licensed health professional who is trained to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries in animals. They care for companion animals (e.g. dogs, cats, birds), horses, production animals (e.g. cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry), aquatic, and/or zoo animals.

Top three health risks:
Exposure to disease and infections: 81
Exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings: 75
Exposure to contaminants: 74

4) Anesthesiologists, Nurse Anesthetists, and Anesthesiologist Assistants: Overall unhealthiness score: 61.8

What they do: an anesthesiologist is a medical doctor who cares for a patient before, during and immediately following a surgical or medical procedure by administering appropriate anesthesia and monitoring the patient for reactions and complications, and to ensure comfort and manage pain.

Top three health risks:
Exposure to disease and infections: 94
Exposure to contaminants: 79
Exposure to radiation: 71.8
Doctor in emergency room

3) Airline Flight Attendants: Overall unhealthiness score: 62.3

What they do: Put simply, flying across the world while looking after the airline’s passengers. From bringing them lunch, showing off the standard safety procedures to calming nervous flyers. Carrying out pre-flight checks, Ensuring the plane is clean, Advising passengers of safety routines, and Preparing and serving food and drinks.

Top three health risks:
Exposure to contaminants: 88
Exposure to disease and infections: 77
Exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings: 69

Airline Flight Attendants

2) Dentists and Dental Hygienists/Assistants and Dental Lab Technicians: Overall unhealthiness score: 62.9

What they do: clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health, removing plaque and calculus by scaling and polishing teeth; applying prophylactic/antibacterial materials, fissure sealants and topical fluorides to help prevent tooth decay.

Top three health risks:
Exposure to disease and infections: 87.8
Exposure to contaminants: 76.2
Time spent sitting: 73.6


1) Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians (Overall unhealthiness score: 63.8)

What they do: Prepares sections of human or animal tissue for immediate examination, using rapid tissue processing and frozen section technique to freeze, cut, mount and stain tissue specimen received from surgery.

Top three health risks:
Exposure to hazardous conditions: 94
Exposure to contaminants: 91
Exposure to disease and infections: 75
biology research laboratory

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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
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