The Most Stressful Careers

The Most Stressful Careers

medium_2889644774It should come as no secret that the jobs that are the most stressful are those that are likely to provoke stress, are highly competitive, harsh physical demands, travel, growth potential, adverse environmental conditions, are hazardous, and present risk to one’s life or the lives of others. When we list it like that, it’s difficult to see why anyone would consider such a job—but those jobs and these people are everywhere!

In’s list of stressful jobs, military personnel occupy the top two spots, in part because they take on the responsibility for other’s lives, require time away from family, travel, and are the subject of public scrutiny. Other high ranking jobs on the list of most stressful careers include similar positions—firefighter, airline pilot, police officer.

But there are other jobs that are stressful too, though they might not seem like it. Public relations executives are also highly ranking on the list of stressful careers. Their stress comes from the rejection they face on a daily basis—ignored emails, missed lunch dates, repeat phone calls that go unanswered.

Corporate executives are also pretty stressed out. This stems from the responsibilities they face on a daily basis. If they run a public company, they’re responsible to and for their shareholders and, at the very least, all of them are responsible for the livelihood of their employees. They also work a weird and variable schedule and travel a lot. For guys like Jason Hartman, the key to happiness and a relatively stress free life is in finding and maintaining a work-life balance.

Also on the list is newspaper reporter, especially in the age of right-now media in which every news outlet is racing to break the news first. There’s also a lot of competition here—blogs, social media, traditional news outlets all competing to get the same information to the same people in the most accurate way possible. Reporters also cover a variety of stressful topics, including war. It’s also an industry that, at least in its current form, is shrinking, which means a lack of job security adding to the stress.

Studies say that, despite the stress, many of those in these positions (especially the dangerous ones) want to and will continue to work in such fields, despite the stress. Sure, these studies might detour others from pursuing such fields, but those that are committed are truly committed.

How stressful is your job?

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