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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some jobs require you to be physically…

  • December 31, 2017

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some jobs require you to be physically fit and active, while others are perfect for couch potatoes.

Physical demands refer to the effort generally required to successfully perform work-related tasks.

The strength required for a job is based on how much weight a worker is required to lift or carry, how often they lift this weight, and the amount they stand or walk in some special cases. Strength is measured in five levels, from sedentary to very heavy.

Jobs for the Physically Fit

Only 3.4 percent of workers had jobs classified as a very heavy strength level. About half (57.3 percent) of emergency medical technicians and paramedics had jobs considered a very heavy strength level, along with 25.4 percent of lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers, and 22.5 percent of laborers and freight, stock, and material movers (hand).

These occupations required lifting or carrying an average maximum weight of between 60 to 120 pounds.

Jobs for Couch Potatoes

Occupations with a high percentage of workers in jobs considered sedentary include telemarketers (91.6 percent) and computer programmers (86.7 percent). These two occupations required workers to spend about 90 percent of the workday sitting. Although most advertising sales agents are sedentary, they only spend about 80 percent of their workday sitting.

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