10 Jobs With the Highest Suicide Rates

Farming, fishing, and forestry top the list
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 1, 2016 4:08 PM CDT
10 Jobs With the Highest Suicide Rates
A fisherman sorts fish off the coast of New Hampshire.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Teachers and librarians have the lowest suicide rate while farmers and fishermen have the highest, according to a CDC study of 12,300 suicides in 17 states in 2012. Why the discrepancy? Researchers say "job-related isolation and demands, stressful work environments, and work-home imbalance, as well as socioeconomic inequities" likely play a role, per the AP. Here are the 10 fields as grouped by the CDC with the highest rates, based on the number of suicides per 100,000 workers:

  1. Farming, fishing, and forestry: 84.5
  2. Carpenters, miners, electricians, construction trades: 53.3
  3. Mechanics and those who do installation, maintenance, repair: 47.9
  4. Factory and production workers: 34.5
  5. Architecture and engineering: 32.2
  6. Police, firefighters, corrections workers, others in protective services: 30.5
  7. Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media: 24.3
  8. Computer and mathematical: 23.3
  9. Transportation workers: 22.3
  10. Corporate executives and managers, advertising, and PR: 20.3
Click for the full list. (More suicide stories.)

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