Tips for Avoid Stressful Jobs

Since they require putting your life on the line every day, it may not be surprising that jobs in the military and public safety again rank among this year’s most stressful positions, as new research finds. For the second year in a row, careers as enlisted military personnel, firefighters and police officers make up three of the top four most stressful jobs, according to CareerCasts’s annual Most Stressful Jobs report. Airline pilot also ranks in the top four for the second consecutive year. Kyle Kensing, online content editor for CareerCast, said many of the factors the company uses to evaluate workplace stress apply to military service, police work and firefighting more than, or at least as much as, any other career.

“These include physical demands, on-the-job hazards, environmental conditions, [and] the risk of personal injury or injury to another for whom the worker is directly responsible,” Kensing told Business News Daily. Overall, CareerCast’s ranking system considers 11 different job demands that can be expected to evoke stress, including the amount of travel, the growth potential, having deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards, risk to one’s own life, risk to the life of another and meeting the public. Although they may not include the same physical dangers, jobs that require strict deadlines, like jobs as newspaper reporters and broadcasters, also rank among the most stressful. In addition, those working in the news industry face the fear of lawsuits and a dwindling job market, factors that also keep stress levels high.

Although they may not include the same physical dangers, jobs that require strict deadlines, like jobs as newspaper reporters and broadcasters, also rank among the most stressful. In addition, those working in the news industry face the fear of lawsuits and a dwindling job market, factors that also keep stress levels high. Kensing named a common factor shared by some of the jobs on this year’s rankings: These professions are crucial to safety and democracy in the U.S. “Firefighters, military and police officers protect us, and newspaper reporters and broadcasters have a big impact in showing us the truth amidst the trend of ‘fake news,'” Kensing said.