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The Deadliest Job In America Is Actually . . . Being The President

by Nate St. Pierre on February 25, 2015

Loggers carry the swagger of having the most dangerous job in America, unless you count that one old dude sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office.

A sitting American president is 15 times more likely to be killed on the job over the course of his career (5-year average) than the 2nd-place occupation on the list. Being the president is up to 85 times more deadly than all the other jobs rounding out the Top 10.

So next time you think that the most powerful man in the country has a cushy life with nothing to fear, just remember that everyone in the world is gunning for him, and you’d be more likely to get killed doing that job than all the other dangerous jobs combined.

Would you take a job where there’s a 10% chance you’ll be killed while doing it?


America’s Deadliest Jobs

Dying for a Paycheck

List of Presidents by Time in Office

The American Presidents: Johnson to McKinley

(Plus some spreadsheet calisthenics to calculate all the odds based on a consistent career span. Don’t bother calling out all the different ways this could be calculated differently or change based on historical differences in safety and protection, or small Presidential sample size, etc, etc – I can think of 10 different things off the top of my head, too. It’s nothing new. Just have fun with it, k?)

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