The Best and the Worst Jobs


If you think your job is killing you, you may be right. Here are some interesting data from Denmark. A mortality index number of e.g. 157 means an excess mortality of 57%. Similarly, a mortality index of 80 means that the mortality is 80% of the expected, i.e. 20% lower than expected.

Being a self-employed farmer is good for you, both for men (Mortality Index 68) and women (80). There are interesting differences between the mortality of male and female medical doctors working in hospitals, good for men (63), bad for women (123). Being a cook or a waiter is bad for both men and women. Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be cooks and waiters and such.

In general, self-employed men have lower mortality than employees. This is not true for women. Male civil servants show a similar pattern to those in the Whitehall Study; a strong association between grade levels of civil servant employment and mortality rates, with much higher mortality rates in the lower grade levels.

Very low mortality rates are found for firefighters (65), military personnel (79), police officers (67). A possible reason could be the mandatory health examinations required before entering these professions.

Causes of death are not really surprising. Fishermen die in accidents at sea. Doctors and nurses commit suicide. Owners of restaurants and bars die from liver cirrhosis.


2 thoughts on “The Best and the Worst Jobs

  1. The worst occupations for lung cancer were,

    1. Meat processing and slaughterhouse workers
    2. Stewardesses and pursers
    3. Sailors, merchant marine
    4. Restarant and bar, self employed

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