The 19 Jobs Where You're Most Likely To Kill Yourself

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    Oct 19, 2011 2:07 AM GMT
    Would you believe chiropractors is #6? Finance workers #5, vets #4, dentists #3, physicians #2 and marine engineers #1?

    http://www.businessinsider.com/most-suicidal-occupations-2011-10#

    Sometimes the pressure gets to you.

    High-skill and high-stakes occupations have elevated suicide rates, according to data compiled with help from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

    Dentists really are suicidal, as has been reported before.

    But physicians are even more likely to kill themselves, with a suicide rate nearly 100% above average.

    Engineers, financiers and lawyers also make the list, along with certain highly-skilled blue collar jobs.

    We are the first publication to sort through NIOSH's database on cause of death by occupation, which includes more than 11 million death certificates dated from 1984 to 1998. The numbers listed in this article refer to white men in occupations with a sample size greater than 1,000 deaths. See the last slides for a discussion of suicide rates for other races and genders.
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    They have just about every job categoy from real estate to construction worker to electrician to farmer to medical workers to scientists.

    Who was left to compare the data to? The unemployed?
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:10 AM GMT
    I was looking through those charts the other day... got them in an annual report from my workman's comp insurer. So... the number one cause of workplace deaths is still automobile accidents. Number two is violence, including murder and suicide. icon_eek.gif

    At least everyone is wearing their safety glasses.
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
    13) Lathe operators are 1.33 times more likely to commit suicide

    Seems you just can't open a news site nowadays without a lathe-related suicide headline.
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    Oct 19, 2011 4:34 AM GMT
    I became online friends with a guy more than 20 years younger who had significant depression issues.

    His first job after he finished his pharma-MD medical curriculum and licensed in the state of California? Prescriptions for Hospice Patients. The guy couldn't keep an emotional distance from the plight of his patients. He's happier today working with HIV patients. Being in the medical profession, human or veterinarian would be a nightmare for me.

    My chosen field, electronics, is emotionally a lot easier. "oh, you zapped 'yer doodad. Here. Let's grab a new one from stock."

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    Oct 19, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    Ariodante said13) Lathe operators are 1.33 times more likely to commit suicide

    Seems you just can't open a news site nowadays without a lathe-related suicide headline.


    I share a building with a machine shop. I'd have a drug problem in a month to deal with how boring it is.
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    Oct 19, 2011 6:11 AM GMT
    Honestly, I'd rather quit and work at McDonalds than have a job that would cause me to even consider suicide. If a job becomes that stressful for you it's time to start looking for a new job.
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    Oct 19, 2011 6:13 AM GMT
    Is assembler at the i-phone factory on the list?