By Sherkiya Wedgeworth

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How stressful is your career?

You don’t have to be a law enforcement officer, work in a hazardous environment or have a job that has heavy physical and high-risk demands to be in a stressful career, many occupations you might not think of can be just as stressful. — the producer of a popular annual analysis of top careers — releases an annual list of the most stressful jobs and the main factors that contribute to work-related stress.

They use a ranking system that considers 11 different job demands that likely can be expected to evoke stress, and each demand was assigned a range of points as follows:

* Travel, amount of 0-10

* Growth potential (income divided by 100)

* Physical demands (stoop, climb, etc.) 0-14

* Conditions, Environmental 0-13

* Hazards encountered 0-5

* Meeting the public 0-8

* Competitiveness 0-15

* Death (own life at risk) 0-8

* Life of another at risk 0-10

* Deadlines 0-9

* Working in the public 0-5

As expected, firefighters, police officers, enlisted military personnel and airline pilots topped the list as the four most stressful jobs of 2018, but the remaining occupations on the list might be less apparent: event coordinators; journalists; public relations executives; senior corporate executives; and taxi drivers.

The report notes that stress is unavoidable in the workplace, and for any individual employee, it can vary greatly depending on particular working conditions, management styles and co-workers.

Posted by Sherkiya Wedgeworth on May 09, 2018 at 11:51 AM

Reader comments

Thu, May 28, 2020 Ken Castro Texas

If we talk about education during quarantine... Although the coronavirus closure is challenging, students will probably learn more, on average, than students did during closures past. Today’s students have a couple of advantages over previous generations. One is technology. Today teachers can communicate and collect lessons and assignments using email, websites, cloud storage, and videoconferencing software. Students can form study groups using the same technologies. There is a wide variety of educational software and games, all of which are getting what amounts to a once-in-a-generation stress test. The crisis will also affect the very quality of education. For example, I understand that now I need to earn money, so I use the service of a company that writes my university assignment. The other buffer that children have is their parents. Because so many parents are working remotely or out of work, children have more access to their parents today than they’ve had during previous closures. When teachers struck a generation ago, some married mothers were able to stay home. Today fathers are home as well. And children have fewer siblings today to compete for their parents’ attention. At least on average. I’ve got several predictions for when school resumes in the fall—if it does resume in the fall. Almost all children will be behind where they would have been had school stayed in session. Score gaps between the children of more and less educated parents will have grown. What do you think about that?

Sun, May 24, 2020 Johnny Lawless

So, by this a doctor or an attorney’s job is not stressful? Or an admin? That is ridiculous.

Fri, Feb 28, 2020 Craig Miller

There are many jobs that are much higher than police officers and enlisted personnel. Cell tower climbers, highway workers, convenience store workers, window washers...etc... Sometimes as we sit behind our desks we forget how dangerous the real world can be and how lucky we are.

Mon, Oct 28, 2019

Until one works for a military officer in DOD who has no concept of what his non-DOD work force actually does, one has not experienced the extreme stupidity of most management personnel. To make matters worse, these DOD managers are constantly being moved due to DOD mobility.

Mon, Oct 28, 2019

DOD has good benefits? I worked for DOD for 29 years and endured any number of bad managers. By the way, the grade structure at DOD is a grade below other agencies.

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