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Q: Life expectancy by occupation ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Life expectancy by occupation
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: biscuitman-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 11 Dec 2002 04:46 PST
Expires: 10 Jan 2003 04:46 PST
Question ID: 122952
I am seeking a list that shows life expectancies for different

For example, the list might look something like this:-

Farmers 76 yrs
Police 73 yrs
Office workers 79 yrs
etc etc

Ideally, the information would be from a major European or North
American country.

The list would need to include at least ten occupation categories (the
more the better).

If this information is not available, a possible alternative would be
a massive list of people who have died showing their age and main
occupation in life.  I could then do the analysis myself.  However,
this list would need to include at least 1,000 people to make the
analysis meaningful.


Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 11 Dec 2002 07:05 PST
At the moment I am unable to find the information in the format you
require. Reliable government sites have placed the various occupation
in categories. I can offer you a table for men only for the years
1972-76,1977-81,1982-86,1987-91,1992-96, at birth and at age 65 with
the categories of Professional, Employers and managers,Intermediate
and junior non-manual, Skilled manual, Semi-skilled manual, and
Unskilled manual.

Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 11 Dec 2002 07:32 PST
I should have added that there is a guide to the type of occupations
that fit into each category.

Clarification of Question by biscuitman-ga on 11 Dec 2002 08:20 PST
Thanks for your response.
Men only would be fine, but those job categories are not specific
They need to reflect more closely the type of work being done eg.
construction workers, farmers, office workers, policemen,
firefighters, doctors, nurses, teachers, retailers etc.
I have found that death certificates in some countries do include
occupation information, so somebody somewhere must have analysed it.
Failing that, the second part of my original question would be to find
an easily-readable list of (more than 1,000) people who have died,
showing their age and occupation.

Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 11 Dec 2002 08:26 PST
Thank you for your reply, I shall open it up again for other researchers.

Request for Question Clarification by nellie_bly-ga on 11 Dec 2002 10:01 PST
A Scandanavian country has tables in Excel format available for
download that look at age of death by occupation. However, the ages
are aggregated in five-year categories.
Would this meet your needs?

Data categories include:
Table contents
Each of the above tables and files contain the same variables.

Below is a list of table headings:

5-year period

job code

code of cause of death

sex (1= male; 2 = female)

5-year age group

No. of persons in the group

Person years

Observed no. of deaths in the 5-year period

Standard Mortality Ratio (SMR)


Designation of cause of death

Clarification of Question by biscuitman-ga on 11 Dec 2002 12:00 PST
Yes, the Scandinavian Excel table sounds good!
Subject: Re: Life expectancy by occupation
Answered By: nellie_bly-ga on 11 Dec 2002 13:16 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
You can access the tables referenced in my Request for Clarification"

If you have questions about this response or require additional
information, please post a Request for Clarification before rating
this answer.

Nellie Bly
biscuitman-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Thanks, this information should be useful.
And thanks for translating those headings - my Danish is not what it used to be!

Subject: Re: Life expectancy by occupation
From: ragingacademic-ga on 11 Dec 2002 10:48 PST
biscuitman -

The following study may be of interest to you -

52:10219 Ishikawa, Akira. Occupational differences in life expectancy
for males: 1980. Jinko Mondai Kenkyu/Journal of Population Problems,
No. 173, Jan 1985. 64-72 pp. Tokyo, Japan. In Jpn.
Differences in male life expectancy by occupation in Japan in 1980 are
examined in a series of life tables. Consideration is also given to
changes since 1970.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR). 


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