Taxi drivers
Taxi driver
Fatality rate per 100,000 workers: 19.7
Median wage: $25,020

Lower crime rates have made driving a cab a lot safer than it used to be, according to John Ford, owner of Top Cab and City Cab in Boston.

"There aren't so many potential felons in the backseat as there used to be," said Ford, who used to drive a cab himself.

Another improvement, in Boston and elsewhere, are police crackdowns on dangerous cab drivers.

"It used to be a common occurrence to come into the garage in the morning and there would be a totally demolished vehicle," said Ford. "You had drivers who would get into accidents all the time and they would go from garage to garage and get rehired. We called them crashers."

Now, Boston police take away the hack licenses of those drivers, making streets safer for everyone and helping to lower driver fatality rates.

Still, driving city streets comes with its risks. Last year, 63 drivers died, the Labor Department reported.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics' "National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2011." (Preliminary results).
  @CNNMoney - Last updated September 20 2012 11:59 AM ET
Join the Conversation
Manufacturing jobs boom is for real

Job postings for skilled factory workers have surged 152% since 2009, an indication that domestic manufacturing is on a comeback.

Find Homes for sale
  • Property Type
  • Find a home in:
    New York | Atlanta | Chicago | Los Angeles
    Washington D.C | Houston | Philadelphia | More options
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.