It's that time of year again. Every year, late in the summer, major media outlets rank the best and worst jobs in America. PRrag has decided to delve into jobs that have a certain image about them; an image that is either wholly spun and inaccurate or simply misunderstood by the public: Fishermen, lumberjacks, and airplane flyers.
Fun words that elicit a sense of adventure and excitement. Just don't go around saying that to the people who actually do these jobs. These are the three most dangerous jobs in America, as reported by CNNMoney.
Fishermen fared worst in 2005 with a 21 percent increase in fatalities from 2004. Forty-eight fishermen died at a rate of 118.4 per 100,000, as reported.
Even more loggers died in 2005. Last year, 80 people died in the pursuit of wood products, at a rate of 90.2 per 100,000. In a profession where one deals with multi-ton round objects on unstable terrain and hours away from any qualified emergency aid, it is no small wonder how deaths in this profession actually managed to decrease from 2004-2005.
Forestry and logging are somewhat romanticized professions. The image is of big, burly men hacking away at mammoth trees until they come crashing to the earth. It is easy to forget that a tree makes noise when it falls in the woods and people are around to hear it.
Flyers fared "best" on the list of most dangerous jobs. This profession had a 66.9 per 100,000. Whimsical crop dusters flying bi-planes that look leftover from World War I simply don't portray the image of how dangerous this type of work actually is.
With danger comes dirt, and in an effort to humanize the often ignored and ill-perceived "dirty jobs," Discovery Channel has released their own profession rankings: Dirtiest Jobs of 2005.