A new study suggests that men engaged in routine jobs, such as bus drivers and rubbish collectors, are more likely to die early.
Early figures from the UK Government's Office for National Statistics show that routine workers are 2.8 times more likely to die by the age of 64, as compared to high-level managers.
AdvertisementThe official data shows that professionals like lawyers and architects also have low early deaths rates in England and Wales.
According to experts, such workers were least likely to die in accidents, violent attacks or from suicide.
"It is not the professions that are causing the deaths, unlike when miners were dying. Instead, the biggest causes of death in this age group are accidents, violence and suicide and that is linked to the how much you are paid and valued in your job," the BBC quoted Professor Danny Dorling, an expert in health inequalities at Sheffield University, as saying.
"Those in better paid, more prestigious jobs are less likely to suffer violence, behave differently, are treated better and value their work more," he added.
The statistics, based on the record of early deaths caused by occupation from 2001 to 2003, revealed that there were 513 deaths per 100,000 for routine workers.
By contrast, 182 per 100,000 high-level managers and chief executives died during the same period.
The early death rate among higher professions was 206 per 100,000, while self-employed workers like shopkeepers and builders were just above the 300 mark.
Semi-routine staff, such as postmen and security guards, were the second most likely to die early with the rate of 473 deaths per 100,000.