Is Your Job Killing You?


We’ve all said it from time to time: “this job is killing me!” Well, depending on what you do, you could be closer to the truth than you know. If you’re employed in one of these statistically lethal occupations, you might want to think about looking into life insurance policies before it’s, you know, too late. 

6 Surprisingly Fatal Jobs

Life insurance underwriters frequently view certain occupations like high-rise window washers as higher risks meriting higher premiums. And you’d expect police officers, roofers, logging workers, construction workers and firefighters to make a list of potentially fatal occupations. But stress kills, too. So you might want to consider a career change if you’re chosen work is one of’s 2015 roster of the most stressful jobs. Or at minimum, adopt some lifestyle changes: drink less alcohol, quit smoking, get more exercise, and meditate.

  • Airline pilots (#4). Being responsible for so many lives every day takes its toll.
  • Actors (#6). Performance pressure, travel and maybe the stress of enduring bad reviews are stressful.
  • Broadcasters (#7). It’s due to always being in the public eye.
  • Event planners (#8). Must be dealing with bridezillas and other assorted demanding clients.
  • Photojournalists (#9). Apparently, angling to get the right shot can be extremely dangerous.
  • Newspaper reporters (#10). Why do you think they call them deadlines?

Jobs That Could Make You Want to End It All used a NIOSH database on cause of death by occupation and compiled a list of occupations most likely to drive white males in the U.S. to suicide, which included:

  • Pharmacists
  • Electricians
  • Lawyers
  • Real estate agents
  • Urban planners
  • Chiropractors
  • Veterinarians
  • Dentists
  • Physicians

It is worth noting that most life insurance policies include a “suicide clause” that states that no death benefit will be paid if the insured commits suicide within two years of taking out the policy especially when you are in fatal jobs field.


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