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32.9 percent of employees had regular outdoor exposure in 2022

July 14, 2023

Seasonal wildfires are becoming increasingly common in western states, and more recently northeastern and midwestern states have also felt their effects. People who work outdoors are especially affected by wildfires. Overall, 32.9 percent of workers in 2022 were exposed to the outdoors as a regular part of their job. Among the occupations with the most outdoor exposure are cement masons and concrete finishers, construction laborers, firefighters, highway maintenance workers, landscaping and groundskeeping workers, and roofers.

Percent of workers with outdoor exposure by occupation, 2022
Occupation Percent of workers requiring outdoor exposure

All workers

32.9

Cement masons and concrete finishers

100.0

Construction laborers

100.0

Firefighters

100.0

Highway maintenance workers

100.0

Landscaping and groundskeeping workers

100.0

Roofers

100.0

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

99.3

Paramedics

98.0

Crossing guards and flaggers

97.6

Parking attendants

97.5

Carpenters

95.5

Electricians

94.8

Construction and building inspectors

94.6

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

92.4

Locksmiths and safe repairers

92.3

These data are from the Occupational Requirements Survey. To learn more, see “Occupational Requirements in the United States – 2022.” An occupation has outdoors exposure when workers perform critical tasks outdoors and are unprotected and exposed to the elements. For more information on concepts and definitions in the survey, see the Handbook of Methods.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 32.9 percent of employees had regular outdoor exposure in 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/32-9-percent-of-employees-had-regular-outdoor-exposure-in-2022.htm (visited April 22, 2024).

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