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Why people with high-risk jobs need life insurance

Life insurance is a good idea for anyone with financial dependents. If you’re in a dangerous occupation, here’s what you need to know

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If you have financial dependents — that is, people (like children or a spouse) who depend on you to pay for everything from groceries to housing and more — life insurance is probably a good idea.

And for people with high-risk jobs, life insurance can be especially important, as it provides financial protection for your loved ones in case the worst should happen.

Unfortunately, it can also come at a higher cost to those whose occupations involve varying degrees of danger. Here’s what people in high-risk jobs should know about life insurance.

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What are high-risk occupations?

All occupations come with risk factors, but some are riskier than others. Desk job? Not all that risky. Fighting fires in a war zone? Probably a little riskier.

For insurance purposes, when discussing high-risk jobs, we’re referring to the end of the scale where personnel are required to take on dangerous activities on a regular or semi-regular basis. Even within that profile, there are different risk classifications that impact whether a job is high, low, or medium risk.

In this article, we’ll focus on hazardous occupations that have an inherent chance of death for the employees. This includes jobs that require employees to be willing to put their lives on the line, such as:

But it also includes careers that carry a risk due to the tools or equipment being used, such as:

Finally, there are careers that are high risk because the environment itself is hazardous, such as:

All of these career types can be considered high-risk and require some level of special-risk life insurance.

Types of life insurance for high-risk occupations

Individuals who work in dangerous jobs have a few different life insurance products from which to choose:

How to choose the right life insurance policy if you have a  high-risk job

Here’s what to consider:

1. Evaluate your coverage needs

Life insurance pays the people who are left behind — whether that’s a spouse, child(ren), or other dependents — so it’s their needs that you should consider when evaluating your coverage requirements. Focus on:

2.  Explore different life insurance options

Your goal isn’t necessarily to find the life insurance policy with the lowest rate; you also need the proper amount of coverage. Strike a balance between what you’ll pay for a monthly premium and what your family would receive as a payout in the event of your untimely death.

Some factors to consider when comparing life insurance policies include:

3. Supplement your life insurance policy for additional coverage

If you want additional coverage, you might consider supplementing your policy with another type of insurance. For example, you might want disability insurance (to help cover your expenses if you get injured on the job) or accidental death insurance.

Factors that impact life insurance premiums for people with dangerous occupations

Life insurance premiums are based on a number of factors, which taken together comprise your lifestyle risk profile. This will consider not only your career but also other life insurance risk factors, such as:

Insurers will also consider the relative risk of your job, keeping in mind that risk is a spectrum. Where you work can have as much of an impact on your life insurance as the job itself.

For example, being a roofer in a town with mostly one- and two-story buildings might have a minimal impact on your insurance policy. But being a roofer in a city with high-rises is likely to earn you a high risk profile, which might mean steeper insurance premiums or even denial of coverage from some insurers.

How does occupational hazard impact life insurance coverage?

Generally, occupational hazard alone is not going to be enough to cause you to be denied life insurance coverage. However, this might not be true with certain very high-risk careers. For example, while police officers can typically receive life insurance coverage, officers working the bomb squad might have a harder time finding coverage, and should expect to pay higher premiums.

Often, people like firefighters or police officers in low-risk environments can expect to be offered a policy, though their premium might be higher than if they worked a standard 9-to-5 desk job. Carpenters, welders, and other people who work with dangerous tools might have a slightly harder time purchasing life insurance and should expect higher premiums.

And individuals who work in actively hazardous environments like mines or certain laboratories might not be able to find term life insurance to meet their needs and might have to fall back on paying higher premiums for a guaranteed life insurance plan.

Keep in mind, however, that your occupation is only one of many factors insurers consider when determining your coverage eligibility. Your age, living habits, hobbies, and lifestyle are also important.

Choose the life insurance that secures your future today

Everyone deserves the security of knowing that, if something happens to you, your family would have the resources to continue on. See what kind of coverage you might get from Haven Life by getting a free online life insurance quote today.

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