CDC Talks about those Jobs Which Have the Highest Rates of Suicide in US

by Ernest Thomas
CDC Talks about those Jobs Which Have the Highest Rates of Suicide in US

Jobs can be filled with stress but a new report from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has focused on a different aspect. There are some jobs, which cause more strain mentally than others. Recently the agency conducted a study to determine the occupational groups having the highest suicide rates. In order to do so, they examined data from 17 states, which took part in the National Violent Death Reporting System from 2012 to 2015. As a whole, the researchers made an analysis of the suicide deaths of 22,053 working Americans. They even managed to identify the jobs by making use of the Standard Occupational Classifications.

The researchers found the construction as well as the extraction field with jobs like carpenters; miners and electricians carried the highest rates of suicide for men in the year 2015. Thus the figure came up to 53.2 suicides per 100,000 working people. For women, in the year 2015, making a career in the fields of design, arts, sports, entertainment and media carried the highest suicide rates. The rate came up to 15.6 suicides per working people amounting to 100,000. All those jobs include illustrators, tattooists and professional sports players. The greatest increase in suicide rate among males was in professions like arts, design, entertainment, sports as well as media occupational group. There was an increase of 47 percent between 2012 and 2015. The large-scale increase of 54 percent for women during the same period was in food preparation and in groups related to serving. The lowest rates of suicide for both the genders were seen in fields of education, training, and library.

The analysts did not manage to point out any specific reason for the link between certain specific careers and suicide rates. It was because they believed that there can be a number of explanations. The scientists came across certain limitations. They accepted that the findings could not be represented on a national level due to the participation of only 17 states. They believed that there should be more knowledge on rates of suicide for each group of a career. There was a feeling among them that, it would help in informing prevention programs as well as policies.

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