These Are The 10 Most Stressful Jobs Of 2017
Is yours on this list?
But ask American workers how they’re doing and you’ll likely get a two-word response: Stressed out!
A report from the American Institute of Stress found that a whopping 80 percent of workers feel stress on the job and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage their stress. But, zeroing in on that a little more, the report says 40 percent of workers reported their jobs are “very” or “extremely” stressful. A quarter said that their jobs are the No. 1 stressor in their lives.
When not managed, stress can be a wrecking ball to your health—causing everything from headaches and fatigue to disrupted sleep, an upset stomach, irritability and more.
While the statistics hint that almost all of us are stressed out by our jobs, some careers are more stressful than others because of anything from tough-to-meet deadlines to imminent danger. CareerCast used 11 factors to curate its list of the most stressful jobs of 2017. Those factors are: travel, career growth potential, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, meeting the public, competition, risk of death or grievous injury, immediate risk of another’s life, deadlines, and working in the public eye.
So, without further ado (because we don’t want the suspense to cause you any further stress!), here are the 10 most stressful jobs this year.
1. Enlisted Military Personnel
Average salary: $27,936
The physical demands of boot camp aside, deploying for long periods of time and putting your life on the line for your country make this career an obvious pick for the No. 1 most stressful job.
Average salary: $46,870
The imminent danger of fighting fires and responsibility for saving lives put this job high on the list.
3. Airline pilot
Average salary: $102,520
Crazy-busy travel schedules and ensuring the safety of a plane full of people land this job high on the list.
4. Police officer
Average salary: $60,270
In addition to risk of death or serious injuries, police officers are also responsible for protecting and serving others.
5. Event coordinator
Average salary: $46,840
Making sure a big fundraiser or a dream wedding goes off without a hitch is a lot of pressure.
6. Newspaper reporter
Average salary: $36,360
One of the only jobs on this list with a negative growth forecast, newsrooms are challenged to do more with less. Plus, the online commenters can be downright cruel.
7. Senior corporate executive
Average salary: $102,690
A high-ranking job in a major corporation means you have a lot of people, including investors, to answer to, and plenty more to manage yourself.
8. Public relations executive
Average salary: $104,140
Being the middleman (or woman) between clients and media is no easy task. Plus, publicists need to appear cool, calm and collected.
9. Taxi driver
Average salary: $23,510
Imagine the stress of traffic jams, compounded by the competition of rideshare programs like Uber and Lyft.
Average salary: $37,720
Accurately reporting breaking news on live television while the masses are watching is no easy task. Plus, this is the other job on the list with a negative growth forecast.