9 Jobs With The Highest Suicide Rates

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We know there is something that you don’t like about any job you have, but with these jobs it’s worse. From 2000 to 2012, the overall rates of suicide for people aged 16 and older rose 21 percent, the CDC found. That works out to an approximate increase from 13 to 16 suicides per every 100,000 people in the United States.

But among farmers, fishers and foresters, the suicide rate was dramatically higher — at 85 suicides per 100,000 people. For males in those jobs, the rate was even greater. Their suicide rate was 90.5 suicides per 100,000, according to the report.

At the turn of the century, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) database on cause of death by occupation study found some interesting stats on the jobs with the highest suicide rates and ranked them.

It is important to note that NIOSH sample size: For black men, the most suicidal jobs with a large sample size were police & detectives (2.55 times higher than average); furnace operators (2.01 times higher than average); and electricians (1.78 times higher than average).

For black women, the most suicidal jobs with a large sample size were protective service occupations (2.79 times higher than average); sales supervisors (2 times higher than average); and packaging machine operators (1.96 times higher than average).

9. Scientists

Starting off, those who are most stressed or depressed are more likely to commit suicide. And the work of a scientist can be quite stressful. The push to discover and innovate as well as to constantly publish new findings creates a lot of stress in a field where the competition is rather fierce, and sometimes, even cut-throat. Suicide rates amongst scientists are surprising, with scientists having a likelihood of committing suicide at a rate of 1.28 higher than the general population. For every 45 male suicides in the field, there are an estimated five female suicides per year, with one prominent example of a female chemist, (chemists being the scientists most likely to take their own lives), committing suicide by swallowing cyanide upon refusal of a research grant.

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8. Pharmacists

Generally, a pharmacist is responsible for prescribing patients their medications, oftentimes a thankless job. Furthermore, when some patients cannot afford to pay for their medications, or insurance will not cover said medications, the pharmacist often takes the blame. Another thing pharmacists have to deal with are the big pharmaceutical companies, sometimes treated as a sales rep as opposed to a health care professional–all of which adds to frustration when they too want to see the best for their patients. Pharmacists also have a substance abuse rate of nearly 20% higher than average, which contribute to the rate of suicide amongst pharmacists to be 1.29 higher than average.

7. Farm Workers

Working out in the field can be downright stressful if you just look at the extreme weather condition, but add that is one of the lowest paying jobs in America, with a salary of less than $20,000 annually. Not only is the work hard , it is also dangerous, working with heavy machinery. There were 216 farm accident fatalities in 2012 alone, prompting Forbes magazine to rank farming as one of the nation’s deadliest jobs.

6. Electricians

Electricians suicide rate is 1.36 higher than average. While being an electrician can be a lucrative profession, it can also be difficult when the economy is bad and work is scarce. Beyond the stressful economic factors that may affect electricians, there have been recent studies that have posited that an electrician’s long-term exposure to electromagnetic fields could ultimately affect brain chemistry. The electromagnetic fields may affect melatonin production in the brain, which can potentially lead to depression, potentially culminating in suicide.

5. Real Estate

The world of real estate can be a high risk, high reward profession, just think of the housing crisis in 2008 when housing prices plummeted, the world of real estate has become crazy. The lack of stability in real estate, particularly not knowing when the next paycheck may arrive if the housing market is weak, may very well be one of the main reasons why real estate agents commit suicide at a rate of 1.38 higher than the average person.

4. Lawyers

According to studies, before even graduating from law school, a reported 40% of law students already suffer…