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BLS describes jobs best suited to those who like climbing ladders, ropes, scaffold

18.7 percent of all jobs required climbing in 2017

Posted March 9, 2018

A recent article in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) The Economics Daily spotlights jobs that require climbing. The statistics show that in 2017, 18.7 percent of all jobs required workers to climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds. Almost all the jobs among municipal firefighters and electricians required climbing, and many jobs related to construction and telecommunications also required climbing.

Using data from the Occupational Requirements Survey, the BLS listed the percentages of jobs that required workers to climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds in 2017 as follows:

Job Percentage
Municipal firefighters 99.6
Electricians 99.5
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 98.3
Municipal firefighting and prevention supervisors 96.9
Construction carpenters 96.9
Carpenters 96.6
Painters, construction, and maintenance 96.6
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers (not including line installers) 96.0
Maintenance and repair workers, general 93.1
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 91.0
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers 89.3
Plumbers 88.1
1st-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers 84.2
Heating and air conditioning mechanics and installers 84.1
Construction and building inspectors 81.6

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the BLS reports on the percentage of jobs in 2017 that did not require workers to climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds. Among the jobs that required the least climbing are nurses, human resources specialists, and computer programmers.

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