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What Are The Most Dangerous Jobs?

Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing accounted for the highest number of fatal occupational injuries in 2009. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America hide caption

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Steven Greenhouse, a reporter for The New York Times, and Planet Money highlight a new report from the U.S. Department of Labor, released yesterday: "National Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries in 2009."

"It may be romantic to make a living as a fisherman, logger or airline pilot," he writes. "But according to a new report that the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued on Thursday, those are the three most dangerous occupations in the United States."

What else made the list? Farmers and ranchers, roofers, and structural iron and steel workers.

UPDATE at 1:44 p.m. ET: As David Comarow points out in the comments section (below), it is misleading to say that airline pilots alone have one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Per the report, aircraft pilots and flight engineers have high fatal injury rates.