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Substance Use Disorder Rate by Profession

Substance Use Disorder Rate by Profession

People working in the Accommodation and Food Services sector have the highest rate of substance use disorder of all the professions at 17.4%. They are followed closely by those in Construction who have 17.3% substance use disorder rate. At 5%, professionals in Education services are the least likely to have substance use disorders while those in Health and Social Assistance have the second lowest prevalence at 6.4%.

The following are the detailed rates of substance abuse, by occupation:

OccupationSUD rate
Accommodations and food services17.4
Wholesale trade13.4
Arts, entertainment, and recreation13.0
Real estate, rental and leasing11.2
Retail trade11.2
Finance and insurance10.0
Transportation and warehousing9.9
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting9.6
Other services9.4
Professional, scientific, and technical services9.4
Public administration6.5
Healthcare and social assistance6.4
Educational services5.0

Now the question is: Are professionals in lower income jobs more likely to have substance use disorder than those with higher incomes? In the following section, we went to U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS to check the average annual income in every listed industry, then compared them against cases of substance use disorder in the profession to establish any possible link between prevalence of substance use disorder and income.

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