America's 10 most dangerous jobs

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    For some Americans, risking life and limb comes with the job.

    Occupations that put workers in harm's way aren't always those obviously risky jobs that are highlighted on reality TV, like History's "Ice Road Truckers." In fact, some of the professions that have the highest rates of injury and death involve providing health or public safety services, according to a new survey from CareerCast.

    In 2014, workers suffered almost 3 million nonfatal injuries, while 4,821 lost their lives on the job, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Some workers in the most country's most dangerous careers are making annual incomes that barely tip over the poverty line for a family of four, which indicates that bodily risk may not always come with commensurate compensation. The typical annual salary for one of the riskiest jobs is about $45,000.

    On the flip side, CareerCast also considered which occupations are the safest. No surprise that many of them involve working at a desk or with computers, such as accountants, computer systems analysts and paralegal assistants. These positions also pay higher wages, with an average annual salary of almost $70,000.

    CareerCast based its findings on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Center for Disease Control, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and trade groups.

    Read on to learn about the country's 10 most dangerous careers.