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The Most Dangerous Jobs in America Infographic

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Ever wondered what the most hazardous jobs in America were? Ever wondered if their pay was tied to how hazardous they are (hint: it’s not). This infographic is a very unique concept, and unfortunately, it confirms many of the thoughts we already had about professions: pay is not in any way tied to how dangerous a job is. In fact, as most people already assumed, some of the most dangerous jobs pay very little. Not exactly the best way to reward people for putting their lives on the line. Fishers and logging workers have below average salaries, but of course, their jobs are extremely risky.

In 2009, 4,340 workers lost their jobs as a result of fatal occupational injuries in the U.S. Now, here’s a disturbing statistic. Shooting deaths accounted for 12% of all fatalities in the U.S., and last year, more retail workers and supervisors lost their lives than police officers in the line of duty.  So, apparently, the greeter at Wal-Mart is more likely to be shot than the average cop.  The myth of retail store safety has been shattered.

Can we find any links between gender and fatalities? Yes, says the graphic. Even though there are more women in the population, many more men died as a result of fatalities than women. Also, more white people died from fatalities than any other race. Now, let’s move on to the grading analysis.

Design: C+

The creator of this graphic chose to take a path that was quick and easy from a design standpoint.  The graphic is plain and borderline boring.  It doesn’t really hold your attention.  If the topic wasn’t interesting, I don’t think too many people would care to read this graphic.

Content: C+

The content is as good as it goes meaning, there are no weird, knock-you-out-of-your socks statistics–the kind that we’ve grown accustomed to here at the infographic showcase.  It simply presents fatalities and pay rates.  All the creator of the graphic had to do was look up figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and turn them into run-of-the-mill graphical form.  That is not winning this graphic any points from a content grading standpoint.

If you want to receive a good grade from The Infographics Showcase, you have to bring your “A” game–pun intended. This type of graphic is simply not worthy of high marks.

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One Comment on “The Most Dangerous Jobs in America Infographic”

  1. 1 Mara said at 6:11 pm on October 16th, 2010:

    The structural steel workers seems low, but perhaps non union rats (who are usually less safe, poorly trained, and not given good equipment) make little money, and they show up on the list?