IN RECESSIONARY times, all jobs come with their own level of stress. Now, there is new research that shows that some jobs are more stressful than others. The study, done by job search site CareerCast, showed that jobs where employees are putting their lives on the line, such as military personnel and firefighters, are among the most stressful, while those that don’t pose imminent danger, such as audiologists and hair stylists, are the least stressful. However, not all workplace stress emanates from danger. Researchers said jobs such as public relations executive, newspaper reporter and event coordinator are among the most stressful because of tight deadlines and scrutiny in the public eye.
CareerCast’s ranking system for stress considered 11 different job demands that can be expected to evoke stress, including amount of travel, growth potential, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, own-life risk, life of another at risk and meeting the public. 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.
Based on the site’s rankings, the most stressful jobs for 2014 are:
-Member of paramilitary force
-Public relations executive
-Senior corporate executive
The study also looked at the least stressful jobs and came up with the top five: