Military most stressful line of work, jobs website reports

The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionJanuary 15, 2014 

Where does your job rank when it comes to the level of stress you have to manage daily? Do you have to avoid land mines, save people from raging fires or formulate policies for public and private companies?

Or are you on the low end of the stress meter, working as a tenured university professor, dietitian or hair stylist?

Jobs website CareerCast recently released its annual top 10 most stressful and least stressful occupations for 2014. Not making the top of the list doesn’t mean your job isn’t stressful. It only means there some occupations that regularly take a physical and emotional toll on employees — around the clock.

The online employment information service considered 11 factors in coming up with its list, assigning scores to each; the higher the score, the more stressful the job. A high score was awarded if a particular demand was a major part of the job, fewer points were awarded if the demand was a small part of the job, and no points were awarded if that demand was not normally required.

The study considered travel, growth potential, deadlines, public scrutiny, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, danger to a worker’s own life, danger to someone else’s life, and contact with the public.

By the numbers

Following are the top 10 most stressful and top 10 least stressful jobs, accordiing to website CareerCast.

Most stressful:

1. Enlisted military personnel.

2. Military general.

3. Firefighter.

4. Airline pilot.

5. Event coordinator.

6. Public relations coordinator.

7. Senior corporate executive.

8. Newspaper reporter.

9. Police officer.

10. Taxi driver.

Least stressful:

1. Audiologist.

2. Hair stylist.

3. Jeweler.

4. Tenured university professor.

5. Seamstress/tailor.

6. Dietitian.

7. Medical records technician.

8. Librarian.

9. Multimedia artist.

10. Drill press operator.

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