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The most stressful occupations involve life-or-death decisions; but some 'desk' jobs may not be a cakewalk either.
CareerCast says it developed a ranking system for job stress that compares a number of different job demands which can reasonably be expected to evoke stress, including travel, hiring outlook/growth potential, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, own life at risk, life of another at risk and meeting the public.
Of course, I've heard it said that stress is in the eye of the beholder. What may be overwhelming for one person may be an adrenaline rush for another.
Here are the top 10 most stressful jobs:
1) Soldier: Completely understandable, given the extreme risk and danger that comes with this job. Plus, as anyone in the military will tell you, there's the stress of long hours of boredom, punctuated by moments of sheer terror.
2) Firefighter: Another occupation punctuated by life-or-death decisions.
3) Airline pilot: There's a misconception that jet planes practically fly themselves, thanks to computers. But the pressure is intense to stick to schedules, not to mention jet lag.
4) Military general: A very odd addition to the list, since there aren't too many military generals out there, and not many people go back to school or training with the goal of becoming a "general." (Does this category include admirals as well?) This kind of job, of course, is not as cushy as some may think, since thousands of lives may be at stake with every decision.
5) Police officer: As with soldiers, completely understandable why this can be a stressful occupation. The only surprise is that it doesn't rank as more stressful than military generals and airline pilots.
6) Event coordinator: Not as dangerous as the first five, of course. But having been with an organization that conducted conferences, I know the mental pain, anguish and torture these professionals are subjected to.
7) Public relations executive: Hmm. In the event of a major PR disaster, this could be a very highly stress-inducing position. Say if you were the PR manager for BP a couple of summers back. But overall, I'm surprised to see this on the top 10 list.
8 ) Senior corporate executive: ROI. ROI. ROI. Every day, ROI.
9) Photojournalist: This can be a pretty dangerous profession, especially if they're out there with number 1, the soldiers, or number 5, the police officers -- which they often are.
10) Taxi driver: Oh yeah. Long hours, miserable pay, miserable riders, miserable traffic.
Some other stressful jobs that didn't make the list but I would vote for include emergency room physician, emergency medical technician, tax accountant (especially in April) and marriage counselor. Nurses also incur a great deal of stress -- making this one of the most burnout-prone professions.
And here are the top 10 least stressful jobs, according to CareerCast:
1) Medical records technician.
3) Hair stylist.
5) Medical laboratory technician.
7) Precision assembler.
8 ) Dietition.
9) Furniture upholsterer.
10) Electrical technician.
(Photo: US Navy, via Wikipedia.)
Jan 3, 2012
nursing should be included. 12 hour days not to mention up at 5am home at 8pm. this includes patients who act like you owe them. 95% are sooner care (free healthcare paid for by federal government) oh yea, i am part of the federal government. i pay my taxes(which have gone up) the government pays for these peoples FREE healthcare to the hospitals who pay their ER nurses and multiple other staff. Essential, we as nurses pay ourself to work. we take care severe trauma cases, life and death situations, heart attack victims, people who really need us. then you have rude disrespectful, buligerent, people who are whining for narcotics for a toothach because th
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Talk about stressful jobs!Try being a Corrections Officer for 25 years dealing with the "best"of society in The Miami-Dade County Jail facilities always outnumbered 60 to 1. That is 60 inmates to 1 officer and "they"have all the "shanks" and we have to live with them and we do not have anything to defend ourselves with, only our hands and wits. No wonder I have High blood pressure,etc for life, at least a Police Officer has a weapon to defend himself with and he does not have to deal with the arrested person again and we can not have weapons inside the jail with us. So I believe that our job is the most stressful ever!
Anytime you have a job and have to be in place to perform it, either because you have a boss or to accommodate customers/clientele as a business owner, then you have a lot of stress. Your "most stressful" and "less stressful" is not a good measureable yardstick. Everyone who works at any job has a lot of stress everyday i.e., to stay employed, stay in good health and live in a good environment that is safe and secure. Everyone at every job plays a part in allowing our lives to be better; even considering the stress factor!
Sales, especially straight commission sales, can be stressful. If the sale is not made, there is no paycheck.
Personally, I would add being a high school biology teacher in an ultra conservative school in the south (conservative by southern standards) somewhere in the mix... definitely not at the top, but maybe between 7 or 8 and 15 (had the list been extended that far).
Sorry, but even if they are stressed, I couldn't care less. Let them earn the paycheck they get from us, the people they are supposed to care about.
I am a 19 year old girl who gave up logging to join the Navy. I ran a skidder for a year after High School at my families logging company. I ran it over the hill a few times due to slick small roads on the side of a Mountain after rains or snow melts off, and my skidder weighed 46,000 lbs. I also had a cable skidder which means I had to go down the hill with cable and choker chains and hook up individual logs, then run back up the hill to keep production up. Timber cutters have to constantly stay alert and watch for broken branches in the tops of trees, wind (a poof of wind could fall them the wrong way if it catches the top), and they will sometimes get caught in other trees and fall later. Dozer men have it easy, and so do Knuckleboom loader men as long as they know how to run it right. Unexperience loader men could easily take out the front glass with the butt of a log. I live in Southwest Virginia and there are tons of gaswell lines going everywhere! We just cover them up with a few feet of dirt and carry on with our day, but I hated crossing them. I have seen quite a bit of copperheads in my day, and I stayed ate up with poison oak. If you arent on equipment then you also have to watch out for trees falling on you, I have had a few close calls. My stepdad cuts timber, and he has broke so many things due to stuff falling out of trees and such. One time he even cut his leg with the power saw to get away from something and his muscle literally fell out of his leg. Axe men dont have nothing on the way loggers work around here, and its kind of devastating because people have no idea of what we really go through. I was just on the job today, in the bitter cold thanking God that I broadened my horizons. But I am proud to say that my Daddy has provided everything that we have by the sweat of his brow. Its a 24 hr job for him when trucks or equipment break down, and you can count on it.
I'm actually surprised teachers aren't on the list, especially these days. 1) Hours: They tend to work far more than 40-hour weeks when you include grading, setting lesson plans, etc. 2) Lack of control/power: Teachers are the ones to teach our kids, and when the kids are in school, should be the ones to correct/scold/punish them. We now have teachers with kids that I would send to prison right after graduation (if not before) and because of the scare of parents who will flip-out, a kid crying 'pedophile' or some other BS, are hamstrung in their jobs. 3) Speaking of hamstrung. 'No child left behind' has turned in to 'no child may get ahead'. Instead of programs better designed to catch kids up to what the average SHOULD be or even to the slightly-better than average performers. Teachers have to teach, more often than not, to the lowest common denominator. 4) Keeping up with skills: Relating to #1; Teachers are swamped with what their jobs require by default. Add in iPads, Laptops, and other tech-devices that they don't know (and many may not want to know, or are technophobes), They don't have the time to learn them, not and have lives outside of school often. I could go on, but the pressure from all sides, watching a grades and scores on those 'lovely' standardized tests drop, and other issues (and by the way, I've seen most of a school year wasted on just passing the damned standardized tests, rather than focusing on useful knowledge), they are stressed and overworked. For reference, while I've never been a teacher in a school system; I HAVE been IT in school districts and have seen first hand what they deal with on a day to day basis
At least firefighters get to put out the fires! Feel free to expand on your situation, i.e. what, if anything, reaches your students who are steeped in a tradition of conforming anti-evolution dogma? And what about the "sandwich" effect of pressures from above to tone down data driven conclusions? It seems that geography and physical/earth science teachers are probably providing you with good company with all the FUD being thrown up to deny humanity's role in the changing climate going on as well....