Over 90 percent of protective service and construction and extraction jobs require work outdoors

January 06, 2017

During 2016, 47 percent of jobs held by civilian workers required work outdoors at some point during the workday. The jobs that were most likely to require outdoor work were in construction and extraction occupations (95.1 percent) and protective service occupations (91.4 percent), followed by installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (87.3 percent) and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (77.0 percent).

Percentage of jobs requiring work outdoors at some point in the day, 2016
Occupation Percent

Production occupations

17.4%

Office and administrative support occupations

18.7

Computer and mathematical occupations

20.9

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

23.4

Business and financial operations occupations

36.5

Healthcare support occupations

39.8

Food preparation and serving related occupations

40.7

Sales and related occupations

42.1

Total, all occupations

47.0

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media    occupations

47.5

Legal occupations

51.6

Life, physical, and social science occupations

52.7

Architecture and engineering occupations

55.9

Management occupations

56.1

Community and social service occupations

58.1

Education, training, and library occupations

64.2

Transportation and material moving occupations

72.9

Personal care and service occupations

73.9

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

77.0

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

87.3

Protective service occupations

91.4

Construction and extraction occupations

95.1

The jobs least likely to require work outside were in production occupations, office and administrative support occupations, computer and mathematical occupations, and healthcare practitioners and technical occupations. Less than 25 percent of jobs in these occupations required work outside.

These data are from the Occupational Requirements Survey. To learn more, see "Occupational Requirements in the United States — 2016" (HTML) (PDF).

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Over 90 percent of protective service and construction and extraction jobs require work outdoors on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/over-90-percent-of-protective-service-and-construction-and-extraction-jobs-require-work-outdoors.htm (visited September 20, 2019).

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