How do I find life expectancy data, especially by occupation
United States Life Tables are published in the National Vital Statistics Report.
The latest Life Tables available when this question was update (Feb 2015) were for 2010, published in November 2014.
These tables do not include information about life expenctancy and occupation.
The Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) program provides annual information on the rate and number of work related injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries, and how these statistics vary by incident, industry, geography, occupation, and other characteristics.
A PubMed search for Life Expectancy AND Occupation did not turn up many results analyzing US data. The following article seems the most related.
Bailer AJ, Bena JF, Stayner LT, Halperin WE, Park RM. External cause-specific summaries of occupational fatal injuries. Part II: an analysis of years of potential life lost. Am J Ind Med. 2003 Mar;43(3):251-61. PubMed PMID: 12594772.
The bibliography of the National Longitudinal Mortality Study includes the following articles that indicate some analysis of mortality and occupation:
- Johnson NJ, Sorlie PD, Backlund E: The impact of specific occupation on mortality in the U.S. National Longitudinal Mortality Study. Demography 1999;36:355-367.
- Gregorio DI, Walsh SJ, Paturzo D: The effects of occupation-based social position on mortality in a large American cohort. Am J Public Health 1997;87:1472-1475.
- Rogot E, Sorlie PD, Johnson NJ, Glover CS, Treasure DW: A Mortality Study of One Million Persons by Demographic, Social and Economic Factors: 1979-1981 Follow-up. First Data Book. NIH Publication No 88-2896. National Institutes of Health, PHS, DHHS. 1988. Twelve tables give observed and expected sex-race-age frequencies for demographic and socio-economic variables. Frequencies are presented for race, geographical division, SMSA status, nativity, Hispanic status, income, education, household size, marital status, employment status, major occupation, and major industry.