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Learn about the 9 professions with the highest suicide rates


A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States reported the professions with the highest suicidal job rates in 2020.

The current labor dynamics, with too many competitors and less demand for professionals to fill insufficient job positions, have created perverse dynamics between employers and employees. Higher workloads and stress due to high demands.

This is why Burnout Syndrome, or the burned-out worker, is most often discussed these days, along with other serious concerns, such as suicide rates among certain professions. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States compile information on the professions with the highest suicidal job rates.

9 professions with the highest suicide rates

In 2017, the jobs with the highest suicide rates were: doctors, dentists, police officers, veterinarians, financial services, realtors, electricians, lawyers, farmers, and pharmacists; The data comes from an analysis of 22,053 people in 17 states (of the United States), with a range of 16 to 64 years, who died by suicide in 2012-2015… The 2018 highest suicidal job rates list has several changes with this year’s report.

9 Profession with Highest suicidal job rates

1. Doctors

We are also surprised. They are 1.87 times more likely to commit suicide than the average citizen. According to the report, physicians suffering from depression or another mental disorder refuse professional care because they fear it could affect their image, and therefore their practice.

2. Dentists

With a rate of 1.67 more incidences of suicide than the rest of the population, that negative image they have (nobody likes to go to the dentist), together with the fact that it is a career that does not guarantee a high income, is what that has caused this second place.

3. Financial consultant

The terrible instability represented by the stock market flows and the risk of investing capital take their toll in this union. His suicide rate is 1.51 times higher.

4. Lawyers

According to studies, 40% of law students already suffer from depression before graduating. The very long days, the hostility they receive from rivals (and often from their clients), and the moral battles that their professions involve having made them have a rate of 1.33 times higher than the norm.

5. Real estate agent

Something similar to what happens with financial agents, depending on the market and speculation generates pressure that is often unsustainable. They commit suicide at a rate of 1.38 more than the average individual.

6. Electricians

A much-mistreated union in terms of economic income. The low payment that many times involves and the low financial expectation give electricians a rate of 1.36 times higher than the average. On the other hand, there have been recent studies that claim that an electrician’s prolonged exposure to electromagnetic fields could ultimately affect brain chemistry.

7. Peasants / Farmers

The demanding conditions of work, with strenuous and long hours, added to the low pay they generate, cause a high rate of suicides among the farmers. Forbes Magazine ranks agriculture as one of the deadliest jobs in the United States.

8. Pharmacists

On the one hand, it is a low-paid job, added to the emotional blackmail to which they are exposed when they cannot deliver medicines to low-income patients, in addition to the fact that they have access to several exclusive substances for medical treatment. Pharmacists commit suicide at a rate of 1.29 higher than average.

9. Scientist

It is also a very stressful job, especially in times of accelerated technological innovation, but at very high costs, which limits access to the forefront. Suicide rates among scientists are staggering, as experts have a 1.28 higher probability of committing suicide than the general population.

Sometimes all a person needs is a calm listening ear, a caring colleague, and to know that they are not alone. Other times, people need a connection with mental health or crisis services. Encourage them to get help today and seek ways to support themselves as well. we can all make a difference in reversing the rising suicide rates in our nation, regardless of our industry or occupation.

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