The Jobs with the Highest Risk of Suicide in the US

The Jobs with the Highest Risk of Suicide in the US

Jobs with the Highest Risk of Suicide

Suicide is one of the biggest killers of young men and women in many western countries. It’s more common in men and it is also more common in young men, but what about careers? It is often claimed that veterinarians have the highest rate because they are animal lovers who spend all day putting them down, or that doctors have the highest rate because they see people in pain every day.

But according to the statistics put out by the CDC, these two professions don’t even make it into the top ten. Before we take a look at the list, we should mention that anyone who feels like this is the only way out should seek help from the National Suicide Prevention Helpline.

10. Corporate Executives

They are often dismissed as cold, careless and cruel, ordering others around and collecting more money than anyone else in the company. But there is a to of pressure placed on workers in the high-powered positions and they work all hours God sends. That adds up to a lot of stress and pressure.

9. Transportation Workers

Another job where stress can get the better of those working in it, leading to mental health problems and nervous breakdowns.

8. Computer Programmers and Mathematicians

This can be a very lonely profession, requiring employees to work for hours straight on a single computer, sapping their energy and their will and leaving them depressed and lonely. Add the fact that people in these roles tend to be very introverted and intelligent and you have a recipe for disaster, which is why they are so high on this list.

7. Artists and Entertainers

This is a broad profession that includes everyone from athletes to comedians, artists and writers. You might think that writers and artists have nothing to worry about but a little alcoholism, some troublesome drug offenses and the adoration of fans everywhere, but there is a lot of pressure and many of them work alone all hours of the day. That adds up to a lot of stress, pressure and depression.

6. Emergency Services and Corrections

The police get a bad rep, even though they are putting their lives on the line every day. Along with firefighters, EMTs and corrections officers they see people at their very worst, they have the stress of keeping everything together and they don’t always get the respect that they deserve. Once you take all of that into consideration it begins to make sense why they are so high on this list.

5. Architects, Engineers

Another profession where employees operate under the highest levels of stress, with deadlines imposed on them and with the responsibility of multi million dollar projects in their hands. Not to mention the lives of thousands.

4. Factory and Production Employees

The stress and monotony of factory work can take a lot out of you, and the heat, the noise and the chaos of a productive factory just makes matters worse. The pay isn’t great, but the risk is high, the demands are higher and there is constantly the threat of making a costly mistake.

3. Mechanics and Maintenance

Mechanics get into the profession because they enjoy tinkering with cars, but they end up with all kinds of knee and wrist problems, not to mention potential lung disorders. They are also treated with suspicion by the very people they are trying to help and worked to the bone by their employers.

2. Carpenters, Electricians and Other Trades

The issue here may be more the result of self-employment than the actual job itself as the jobs under this description are as diverse as they get. When someone is self employed they are constantly threatened with a loss of work, with illness rendering them useless and meaning they may not be able to pay their rent or keep their family fed.

1.Farmworkers, Fishermen, Lumberjacks

The suicide rate in these professions is considerably higher when compared to everything else on this list. The first time the high rates were picked up by the media was in the 1980s when they reported that Midwestern farmers had a far greater risk of suicide than any other profession in any other area.

There are several theories behind this, including that pesticides may be triggering depressive symptoms. The most likely theory is that they are constantly pressured by the economy, always running the risk that a drop in demand or even a bad season will destroy a year’s work and render them poverty stricken.

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