We need to work to make a living, but could our jobs be doing more harm to our health than good? From the most high-stress professions to relaxing lines of work, find out where your job stands on the scale of healthiest and least healthiest jobs.
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Worst: Doctors and nurses
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Florists are exposed to beautiful things on a daily basis, which is why the occupation made Monster's list of healthiest jobs. Florists are free to express their creativity through their work in addition to seeing first hand how their job brings smiles to customer’s faces. Not without its downfalls: meeting event deadlines can be stressful and standing all day while building bouquets can be back-breaking, but it sure beats the detrimental effects of sitting at a desk.
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Worst: Desk job
While many companies try to promote a healthy lifestyle with on-site gyms and nutritious cafeterias, there’s no way around the fact that sitting at a desk for so long has negative effects on your health. From back pain to increased risk of obesity and a shorter lifespan, it’s important for these nine-to-fivers to incorporate activity into their lives in other ways.
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Best: Health professional
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Being a firefighter requires you to work in highly stressful situations that put you at risk and the health results are severe. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, firefighters are 300 times more likely to suffer from a heart attack at work than any other profession.
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Best: Fitness instructor
Being fit is practically a requirement to work in the fitness industry; and many people who choose to work in this field and devote their whole lives to healthy living. From personal trainers to choreographers, running coaches and yoga instructors, these jobs encourage a healthy, active lifestyle.
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Worst: Labour-intensive jobs
Jobs that require intense manual labour like heavy lifting and operating dangerous machinery constantly put their employees at risk of getting hurt. This category includes jobs like garbage collectors, highway maintenance workers, miners and farmers.
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Best: Government employee
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Worst: Transportation workers
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