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10 of the Most Stressful Jobs
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The holidays are over and it's the beginning of a new year. As refreshing as that sounds, this time of year is actually the most stressful for many as business get right back into things--full speed ahead.


To help you feel better about how stressful your own job may be, job-hunting site CareerCast.com released its annual list of the 10 most stressful jobs out there. Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. workers feel tense and strained in their positions, according to the American Psychological Association.


Since CareerCast could only list the top 10, they used a system to narrow down their list using 11 different job stress factors like "amount of travel," "deadlines," "physical demands," and if the employee risks his or her own life--probably the most stressful factor of them all.

And who could argue? That's why CareerCast placed enlisted soldiers at the number one spot with a stress score of 84.61 out of 100. And to add to that, an enlisted solider makes an average income of $35,580.

The report claims that, "there are a variety of duties and enlisted soldier may perform as part of of his or her job. From serving food in the mess hall to fighting a battle on the front line, to avoiding land mines along the path to a village, the duties a soldier carries out have very different levels of responsiblity."

Let's take a look at what other jobs might be causing a hair-pulling epidemic...

1) Enlisted Solider

2) Firefighers (60.26). Firefighters are pretty much the citizen soldiers. Having to face burning buildings and putting their own lives in danger to save others will definitely take a toll on stress levels. Ironically, as stressful as it is, it also made the top 10 list of the most satisfying jobs which goes to show that saving lives an be just as rewarding as it is risky.

3) Airline pilots (59.58). Flying an airliner may seem like a lot of fun, but try imagining the duty of having to keep passengers safe while getting them to their destinations on time on your shoulders.

4) Military general. As a military general, it's up to you to make "the life-or-death decisions" for the troops. As nerve-racking as that is, they do get substantially compensated for their efforts with the average income of $196,300.


5) Police Officer (53.63). Cops endure having to take on dangerous situations on a daily basis. Perhaps not the most appealing job description.

6) Event coordinator (49.85). Doesn't sound life-threatening? Well, it isn't, but that doesn't mean it isn't just as stressful. They don't call them bridezillas for nothing.

7) Public relations executive (47.56). Hate having to do damage control? Who doesn't? Public relations execs have to worry about cleaning up the the biggest publicized messes out there. Talk about an expensive cleaning crew.

8) Corporate executive (47.1). "You're not the boss of me!"--Actually, you are; everyone's boss for that matter.

9) Photojournalist (47.09). Wonder how you're able to look at those hard-hitting, emotion-grabbing photos? Someone had to take them, and it definitely took more than a click of a button.

10) Taxi driver (46.25). Taxi drivers have to deal with being in a car with rounds of strangers making them a major target for crime, not to mention that they're bound to encounter some unpleasant passengers.
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