• Dr. Yalena Deshko

Top 10 Toronto Jobs That Pose Health Risks


And How Supplementing & IV Therapy Can Help Bolster Your Health


Even if you eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet and live a healthy lifestyle, that doesn’t mean you’re healthy.

What we do for a living may be undoing all that health-conscious behaviour with every shift. The harmful chemicals, long periods sitting or stationary, physical dangers and contaminants we are exposed to where we work out stress on our immunity and diminish our health.

Using the data compiled and presented by O*NET, we have rated the top 10 Toronto occupations that are harmful for your health from least to greatest harm. O*NET or Occupational Information Network is a US Labor Department database that presents detailed information on occupations.

O*NET rates each health risk category from 0 to 100 and then averages them to create a total overall score. We used those ratings to inform our list.


Our ranking is based upon six major health risks:

  1. Exposure to contaminants

  2. Exposure to disease and infection

  3. Exposure to hazardous conditions

  4. Exposure to radiation

  5. Risk of minor burns, cuts, bites, and stings

  6. Time spent sitting, because studies have shown that long periods spent sedentary shorten our lifespan.

It's important to be aware of these health risks so that you can make sure to bolster your health via supplements or IV vitamin therapy treatment.

Top 10 Jobs In Toronto That Are Harmful To Your Health



1. Boiler Operators And Stationary Engineers

Boiler Operators and Stationary Engineers startup, regulate, repair, maintain, and shut down stationary engines, boilers, chillers, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, compressors, diesel engines, turbines, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or industrial processes.

With a high rate of occupational injuries - due to electric shocks, burns, noise, dangerous moving parts, and exposure to hazardous chemicals - this occupation has an overall unhealthiness score of 57.7 out of 100.

The Top Three Health Risks Boiler Operators And Stationary Engineers Face Are:

1. Exposure to contaminants: 99 out of 100

2. Exposure to hazardous conditions: 89 out of 100

3. Exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings: 84 out of 100

2. Wastewater and Water Treatment Plant and System Technicians

Wastewater and Water Treatment Plant and System Technicians operate, monitor, maintain, and control the equipment and processes in wastewater (sewage) treatments.

With an overall unhealthiness score of 58.2 out of 100, these technicians make it into our spot as second least harmful to your health. This may seem surprising considering the toxic chemicals and noxious odours they are exposed to.


Top three health risks a Wastewater and Water Treatment Plant and System Technician face are:

1. Exposure to contaminants: 97

2. Exposure to hazardous conditions: 80

3. Exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings: 74

3. Histotechnologists And Histologic Technicians

In our number three spot are histotechnologists and histologic technicians. These occupations involve preparing histologic slides from human or animal tissue sections for microscopic diagnosis by pathologists, in the case of a technician, or do the careful removal of said tissue from the human or animal and prepare it for testing, in the case of a histotechnologist.


Although this may seem like a very risky occupation because they are in close and direct contact with potential disease, their overall unhealthiness score is only 59 out of 100. The safety precautions and procedures they must follow have them in at the third least harmful Toronto job for our health.


The Top Three Health Risks For Histotechnologists And Histologic Techs Are:

1. Exposure to hazardous conditions: 88 out of 100

2. Exposure to contaminants: 76 out of 100

3. Exposure to disease and infections: 75 out of 100

4. Immigration And Customs Inspectors

Coming in at number four are Immigration and Customs Inspectors. Their job involves investigating and inspecting people, common carriers, goods, and merchandise, arriving in or departing from Pearson and along the US-Canadian border. Their job is to detect violations of Canadian immigration and customs laws and regulations.

While it may seem odd that immigration and customs inspectors have a more harmful job than a histotechnologist, they are not working in a sterile, clinical setting and cannot be prepared for every risk they may face. Consequently, their overall unhealthiness score is slightly higher at 58.3 out of 100.

The Top Three Health Risks For Immigration And Customs Inspectors Are:

1. Exposure to contaminants: 78

2. Exposure to disease and infections: 63

3. Exposure to radiation: 62



5. Podiatrists

Podiatrists come in at the mid-way point of our list with an unhealthiness score of 60.2 out of 100. These medical professionals diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot. While they work in a sterile environment with safety protocols and protective equipment, they’re exposed to numerous diseases and infections hourly.

The Top Three Health Risks For Toronto Podiatrists Are:

1. Exposure to disease and infections: 87

2. Exposure to radiation: 69

3. Exposure to contaminants: 67

6. Flight Attendants

Flight attendants provide personal services to ensure the safety, security, and comfort of airline passengers during flight. They greet passengers, verify tickets, explain the use of safety equipment, and, until recently, serve food and beverages.

With an overall unhealthiness score of 62.3 out of 100, flight attendants come in as our 6th worst Toronto jobs for our health. They are exposed to a multitude of health risks from exposure to disease and infection to contaminants, to physically aggressive passengers, and everything that comes with long hours on a plane day after day.

Top Three Health Risks Faced By Flight Attendants Are:

1. Exposure to contaminants: 88

2. Exposure to disease and infections: 77

3. Exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings: 69

7. Anesthesiologists And Anesthesiologist Assistants

Coming in at number seven are anesthesiologists and their assistants. These medical professions involve administering anesthetics or sedatives during medical procedures and help patients recover from those anesthetics safely.

While this is a stressful job because you are responsible for getting the dosage just right or those patients could die, it is not a Toronto job that comes to mind when we think of posing high health risks. But it does, with an overall unhealthiness score of 63.7 out of 100, primarily due to the disease and infections anesthesiologists and their assistants are exposed to.

For Anesthesiologists And Anesthesiologist Assistants, Their Top Three Health Risks Are:

1. Exposure to disease and infections: 94

2. Exposure to contaminants: 80

3. Exposure to radiation: 74

8. Prosthodontists

Prosthodontists construct and repair full or partial dentures and dental appliances. They work with hazardous chemicals and spend a lot of time sitting which brings them into our number 8 spot with an overall unhealthiness score of 65.7 out of 100.

The Top Three Health Risks For Prosthodontists Are:

1. Exposure to contaminants: 99

2. Time spent sitting: 85

3. Exposure to disease and infections: 72

9. Veterinarians, Veterinary Techs, Assistants And Laboratory Animal Techs

In our list as the second worst Toronto job for our health are veterinarians, vet techs, assistants, and laboratory animal technicians. They feed, water, and examine animals for signs of illness, disease, or injuries. While most of their work is conducted in a sterile environment, depending on their specializations, they may work outdoors and go to the animals not the other way around.

Seeing animal medical professionals at number 9, with an overall unhealthiness score of 66.5, is not as surprising as some of the previous rankings of Toronto occupations. They are exposed to so many health risks when working with animals from bites, scratches, to disease and hazardous chemicals.

Top Three Health Risks For Veterinary Professionals Are:

1. Exposure to disease and infections: 87

2. Exposure to contaminants: 82

3. Exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings: 77

10. Dentists, Dental Surgeons, and Assistants (Including Hygienists)

Coming in as the most harmful job in Toronto for our health are the remaining careers in the dental industry. These occupations involve cleaning teeth and examining oral areas, the head, and neck for signs of oral disease. They educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x-rays, apply fluoride, fillings, and sealants.

Combined, these occupations have an average overall unhealthiness score of 72.8 out of 100.


The Top Three Health Risks Faced By Dentists, Dental Surgeons, Assistants, And Hygienists Are:

1. Exposure to disease and infections: 100

2. Exposure to radiation: 91

3. Time spent sitting: 85

What Can We Do To Counter The Health Risks Of Our Job?

Regardless of how dedicated we are to eating nutrient rich foods, living a healthy lifestyle, every day we are exposed to stressors, viruses, and toxins that deplete us of essential nutrients through our jobs alone. Whether through our jobs, families, or daily activities, our bodies demand large quantities of essential nutrients that cannot be obtained through diet alone, as discussed in a previous article.

Supplementing our diet can ease the strain on our organs and immune systems but it is not adequate if we work in high exposure environments, live high stress lives or experience greater than normal risk. IV Drip Supplementation can give us the boost we need for prevention and maintaining optimal health.

We cannot avoid exposure so increasing the dosage of toxin and virus fighting essential nutrients is all we can do. Supplementing with vitamins, minerals, and contaminant and heavy metal flushing nutrients is needed daily. And when overexposed, IV may be the only way to balance our bodies and prevent illness and disease.

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