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The 37 jobs that are most damaging to your health

Business Insider Logo By Andy Kiersz,Rachel Gillett of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 38: <p>Some jobs intrinsically have more health risks than others.</p><p> A flight attendant working in close quarters with passengers is more likely to catch an infectious disease than a lawyer working in an office, for example. Factor in the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/pgms/worknotify/pdfs/fa_notification_final.pdf"> greater exposure to cosmic radiation</a>, abnormal sleep patterns, and a <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/a-flight-attendant-answers-the-questions-youve-always-wanted-to-ask-2016-5/#-14?utm_source=msn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=msn-slideshow&utm_campaign=bodyurl"> less-than-clean work environment</a>, and it's just not the healthiest job.</p><p> To rank the most unhealthy jobs in America, we used data from the <a href="http://www.onetonline.org/">Occupational Information Network</a>, a US Department of Labor database full of detailed information on occupations.</p><p> In order to analyze jobs by their impact on workers' health, we took O*NET measures of six health risks in each of the 974 occupations in the database: exposure to contaminants; exposure to disease and infection; exposure to hazardous conditions; exposure to radiation; risk of minor burns, cuts, bites, and stings; and time spent sitting, since studies show that <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/the-sitting-disease-is-killing-the-american-workforce-2013-8?utm_source=msn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=msn-slideshow&utm_campaign=bodyurl">frequent inactivity shortens your lifespan</a>. O*NET scores these factors on a scale from 0 to 100, with a higher score indicating an increased health risk.</p><p> Read on to find out which jobs have the most potential to damage your health.</p>

Some jobs intrinsically have more health risks than others.

A flight attendant working in close quarters with passengers is more likely to catch an infectious disease than a lawyer working in an office, for example. Factor in the greater exposure to cosmic radiation, abnormal sleep patterns, and a less-than-clean work environment, and it's just not the healthiest job.

To rank the most unhealthy jobs in America, we used data from the Occupational Information Network, a US Department of Labor database full of detailed information on occupations.

In order to analyze jobs by their impact on workers' health, we took O*NET measures of six health risks in each of the 974 occupations in the database: exposure to contaminants; exposure to disease and infection; exposure to hazardous conditions; exposure to radiation; risk of minor burns, cuts, bites, and stings; and time spent sitting, since studies show that frequent inactivity shortens your lifespan. O*NET scores these factors on a scale from 0 to 100, with a higher score indicating an increased health risk.

Click through the slideshow to find out which jobs have the most potential to damage your health.

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