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Labor Day Reflection

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Monday, Sep 07, 2009

Today is Labor Day.  According to U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

While the vast majority of adults “labor” at some type of job, I thought it would be interesting find out which jobs are the most laborious. That is, burn a lot of calories.  Here they are:  

Job Task

Calories burned per hour*

Firefighting

1,002

Scuba diving (e.g., Navy SEAL)

1,002

Removing slag at a steel mill

918

Carrying bricks

668

Farming, baling hay

668

Forestry, sawing wood

584

Coal mining

501

Grooming animals

501

Operating a punch press