These jobs will kill you — literally.
New research has uncovered the careers that are best and worst for your health by examining two metrics — risk of injury and posture.
Online vision experts Lenstore crunched the numbers finding that some desk jobs present a double-edged sword when it comes to health. Although the odds of facing work-place hazards are pretty uncommon, desk jobs offer limited mobility causing fitness to become a question but overall they are the safest careers, according to the study.
The study, which looked at jobs in the UK, found that jobs in medical fields such as EMTs, paramedics, and dentists ranked as some of the most dangerous due to coming across obstacles such as infection. Dentists were found to have the highest risk, according to the study.
Web developers, which are some of the most in-demand jobs currently, were found to be the least hazardous job but also the worst for fitness.
“Although some jobs are inherently at higher risk than others, it’s important to address the risks that we can reduce or resolve entirely – issues of posture or fitness can often be as simple as making sure our desk is set up to support a straighter and supported back and taking regular breaks to walk around for a couple of minutes,” said Roshni Patel, a professional services manager at Lenstore, in a press release.
“Having the right work set up is also vital for protecting your vision and with many of us working in front of devices for 8 hours + each day – your eyesight is at greater risk of harm. It’s therefore important to take regular breaks every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to minimize eye strain.
“It’s particularly important while many are working from home to make sure that the same considerations you would have in the office in terms of safe equipment and the right working space are in place.”
Here’s a rundown of some of the study’s findings with additional information avaiable on Lenstore’s website:
|Health Risk||Unhealthiest Job Role||Healthiest Job Role|
|Hazardous||Oil Riggers||Web Developers|
|Risk of Infection||Dentists||Accountants|
|Risk of Injury||Oil Riggers||Web Developers|
|Joints and Muscular Issues||Flight Attendants||Secondary School Teachers|
|Posture||Car Mechanics||Secondary School Teachers|
|Sensory Damage||Oil Riggers||General Practitioners|
|Sun Damage||Oil Riggers||Surgeons|