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Revealed: Most Physically Demanding and Difficult Jobs in the United States, 2024

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As we all know, many individuals spend most of their working days staring at a computer screen. However, there are also those who use a great deal of physical strength due to the nature of their jobs. Recently, CEOWORLD magazine conducted a study to determine the most physically demanding and difficult jobs in America.

The jobs on this list are ranked based on the level of stamina required, which considers the use of different muscle groups in various jobs. This is measured on a scale of 0 to 100. Some wages are reported as either hourly or salary, as pay systems may vary for certain occupations.

  1. Dancers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 81
    Level of stamina required: 66
    Average earnings 2023: $24.49 hourly (annual salary not reported)
    Projected job growth by 2030: 24.5%
  2. Athletes and sports competitors
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 72
    Level of stamina required: 57
    Average earnings 2023: $116,930 annually (hourly pay not reported)
    Projected job growth by 2030: 35.7%
  3. Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 72
    Level of stamina required: 57
    Average earnings 2023: $45,870 annually; $22.05 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 18.9%
  4. Choreographers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 69
    Level of stamina required: 55
    Average earnings 2023: $49,630 annually; $23.86 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 29.7%
  5. Firefighters
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 66
    Level of stamina required: 55
    Average earnings 2023: $55,290 annually; $26.58 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 4.3%
  6. Derrick operators, oil and gas
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 63
    Level of stamina required: 46
    Average earnings 2023: $52,140 annually; $25.07 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 16.9%
  7. Manufactured building and mobile home installers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 63
    Level of stamina required: 46
    Average earnings 2023: $35,830 annually; $17.23 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -20.3%
  8. Structural iron and steel workers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 63
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $61,270 annually; $29.46 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 4.3%
  9. Stonemasons
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 63
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $50,170 annually; $24.12 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -5.0%
  10. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 63
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $31,440 annually; $15.11 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 2.3%
  11. Fallers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 60
    Level of stamina required: 48
    Average earnings 2023: $53,760 annually; $25.85 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -9.1%
  12. Reinforcing iron and rebar workers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 60
    Level of stamina required: 46
    Average earnings 2023: $58,960 annually; $28.35 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 3.0%
  13. Roofers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
    Level of stamina required: 46
    Average earnings 2023: $48,890 annually; $23.51 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 1.4%
  14. Tree trimmers and pruners
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $47,450 annually; $22.81 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 3.4%
  15. Floor sanders and finishers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $44,380 annually; $21.34 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 1.6%
  16. Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $41,560 annually; $19.98 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -9.8%
  17. Cement masons and concrete finishers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
    Level of stamina required: 41
    Average earnings 2023: $50,900 annually; $24.47 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -3.4%
  18. Rock splitters, quarry
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 48
    Average earnings 2023: $41,630 annually; $20.02 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 4.2%
  19. Commercial divers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $82,010 annually; $39.43 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 14.7%
  20. Electrical power-line installers and repairers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $79,060 annually; $38.01 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 3.2%
  21. Roof bolters, mining
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $59,170 annually; $28.45 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -21.5%
  22. Terrazzo workers and finishers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $58,380 annually; $28.07 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -11.2%
  23. Drywall and ceiling tile installers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $54,810 annually; $26.35 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 3.7%
  24. Massage therapists
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $49,260 annually; $23.68 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 20.0%
  25. Highway maintenance workers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $44,340 annually; $21.32 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 7.1%
  26. Construction laborers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $44,130 annually; $21.22 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 5.3%
  27. Fence erectors
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $41,140 annually; $19.78 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -0.5%
  28. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $34,950 annually; $16.80 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 6.0%
  29. Forest and conservation workers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 45
    Average earnings 2023: $33,690 annually; $16.20 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -3.4%
  30. Plasterers and stucco masons
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $54,810 annually; $26.35 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 4.0%
  31. Carpet installers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $48,710 annually; $23.42 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -9.0%
  32. Helpers—extraction workers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $40,860 annually; $19.65 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 15.5%
  33. Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $35,280 annually; $16.96 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 4.1%
  34. Automotive and watercraft service attendants
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $29,960 annually; $14.40 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -0.4%
  35. Tank car, truck, and ship loaders
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 41
    Average earnings 2023: $55,330 annually; $26.60 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -2.5%
  36. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 41
    Average earnings 2023: $27,690 annually; $13.31 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 16.9%
  37. Foundry mold and coremakers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 37
    Average earnings 2023: $39,980 annually; $19.22 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -11.1%
  38. Adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 37
    Average earnings 2023: $38,580 annually; $18.55 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 1.5%
  39. Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
    Level of stamina required: 36
    Average earnings 2023: $40,050 annually; $19.25 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 4.2%
  40. Helpers—roofers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
    Level of stamina required: 48
    Average earnings 2023: $36,000 annually; $17.31 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 1.9%
  41. Correctional officers and jailers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
    Level of stamina required: 46
    Average earnings 2023: $53,420 annually; $25.69 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -10.3%
  42. First-line supervisors of correctional officers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $69,750 annually; $33.53 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -5.9%
  43. Transit and railroad police
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $69,570 annually; $33.45 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 3.2%
  44. Rail car repairers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $60,400 annually; $29.04 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 3.7%
  45. Wind turbine service technicians
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $58,580 annually; $28.16 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 44.3%
  46. Tire builders
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $47,840 annually; $23.00 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 8.1%
  47. Helpers—brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $43,370 annually; $20.85 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: -8.3%
  48. Helpers—installation, maintenance, and repair workers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $35,090 annually; $16.87 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 3.8%
  49. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
    Level of stamina required: 43
    Average earnings 2023: $27,320 annually; $13.14 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 16.4%
  50. Brickmasons and blockmasons
    Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
    Level of stamina required: 41
    Average earnings 2023: $61,430 annually; $29.53 hourly
    Projected job growth by 2030: 2.2%

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