Which occupations have the highest risk of skin cancer?

Which occupations have the highest risk of skin cancer?

Which occupations have the highest risk of skin cancer?

Any role which involves being outside for more than an hour a day means that you are routinely exposed to the sun and therefore at risk of sun burn, skin ageing and skin cancer. Over 90% of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure.

Below we have listed a number of jobs which will expose you to a higher risk of sun exposure and therefore skin cancer.

Construction - whether you are designing or constructing a road, railway, port or bridge you are likely to be spending a lot of time outside on a construction site which means you are routinely exposed to the sun.

Facilities management - any role that means you are installing or maintaining a physical asset in the field is likely to be exposed to the sun for many hours during each day.

Horticulture - how you are going to make sure your skin stays as fresh as a daisy?

Agriculture - whether you are picking fruits or herding cattle you are going to be exposed to a lot of UV radiation.

Sport - if you are a professional athlete or in the sports industry, many roles will involve being outdoors for meaningful amounts of time. 

Aviation - pilots, aviation crew and airport ground staff are known to be particularly at risk of skin cancer.

Broadcast media - if your role involves outdoor broadcast you are going to lose your Hollywood looks pretty fast.

Resources sector - if you are based in the North Sea you may have slightly less to worry about, but if you are based in another resource sector hubs like Western Australia, Queensland, the Middle East and Africa you are at risk 

Tourism - a dream job for many, but you may be putting your health at risk if you are not adequately protected from the sun.

Public Safety - while you are protecting the public, are you also safe from the elements?

Transportation - If you are driving or riding around you are getting more than your fair share of sun exposure.

Responsible employers will want to protect their team from the risks of skin cancer


Employers have an obligation to make sure that their team are provided with adequate sun protection. Furthermore, if you are self employed and your role includes outdoors activities, sun protective products are tax deductible expense in a number of countries.


If you wish to talk to us about stylish sun protective workwear solutions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We are working with a number of responsible employers around Australia already.

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The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional



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