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Firefighter/Police officer


Both of these professions have high rates of injuries, illnesses, and on-the-job fatalities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—but that's not the only reason they made this list. "Emergency responder jobs are very stressful," says Dr. Chosewood. "More firefighters actually die of heart attacks on the job than they do from going into burning buildings. It's the unpredictability, having to go from zero to 100 on very short notice; you have to be on high alert at all times."

Long hours, sleep deprivation, and poor eating habits at work also threaten the health of these workers.

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