If you want to avoid dying on the job, you should quit trying to become a real life Travis Bickle. The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety lists taxi drivers as among the deadliest jobs in America as a result of the exceptionally high homicide rate among cabbies.
There is a reason why taxi drivers are killed more often statistically speaking than, well, any executive working for a taxi company. The taxi driver is alone out there in desolate places with no realistic barrier between him and a gun and though less people are likely to pay with cash than in the past, there still remains a steady supply of cash on hand that makes for a very tempting target. In fact, the temptations luring violence toward taxi drivers is not at all unlike the temptations luring violence toward convenience store clerks.
The Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart clerk Apu Nahaspeemapetilan is often a target of satire over just how dangerous it really is to take a job as a convenience store clerk. It’s no joke to the 3.8 convenience store clerks out of every 100,000 whose lives end inside the convenience store. When you add liquor store clerks into the equation that percentage leapfrogs up to a homicide victim rate of 7.8 out of 100,000.
What we are really discussing here is not deadly occupations like those guys trying to catch crabs in the dangerous waters off the coast of Alaska to sell to snobs at trendy restaurants. We’re talking murder, plain and simple. Homicide in the workplace. If you want to increase you chance of being murdered on the job, then slide behind the wheel of a taxi or stand behind the counter of a convenience store or stay up all night selling liquor to desperate drunks.
If you want to avoid being murdered on the job, become a politician, attorney or bank officer. The politician one may seem surprising in light of infamous names like Booth, Oswald and White (Harvey Milk’s assassin), but the fact is that even politicians who shout the loudest about the right to keep and bear arms tends to limit that right when it comes to the buildings in which politicians do their job. The bank officer is protected not only by armed security guards but by having private offices with doors. In fact, it is a point well worth considering if you want to find a job that cuts down on your chances of becoming a homicide victim, you should work where enormous amounts of money are being protected. American companies will spend huge sums to protect even huger sums; much huger than they will spend to protect mere workers.
If you really want to decrease the potential for murder on the job, become an actor. This article from Health Day includes a laundry list of hazards that actors face daily both on the set and on the stage. The dangers that have caused loss of life range from experimentation with the blanks used to load up on-set firearms to perhaps the most dangerous threat facing any movie actor: being directed by John Landis. The one word that does not appear in that article on workplace violence in the acting field is murder. Of course, there are some who would argue that in at least one notorious case, working with John Landis was tantamount to working with someone guilty of homicide . While it is true that a number of actors have died in the workplace, you will be hard-pressed to track down very many case of those who were actually murdered. Unless, of course, you consider an actor to always be on the job in which case you must include those who have been murdered by stalkers or jealous spouses or, to stretch the definition, drug dealers and pushers. Under those conditions, the expansion of the danger of becoming an actor is significantly greater, but on the job homicide victim? Not so much. Making the occupation of acting one of the safest in the country when it comes to workplace violence.