Is Your Job Stressful

Do you have one of the 10 Most Stressful Jobs of 2012?

1. Enlisted Soldier

Stress Score: 84.61

Average Income: $35,580

There are a variety of duties an enlisted soldier may perform as a part 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 responsibility. However, on aggregate, the Enlisted Soldier takes our top spot for most stressful.


2. Firefighter

Stress Score: 60.26

Average Income: $45,250

Whether it’s running into burning buildings to save lives, putting out raging fires or responding to a serious accident, Firefighters put their lives on the line to save others. The high degree of danger mixed with life and death decisions makes this our number two most stressful job.


3. Airline Pilot

Stress Score: 59.58

Average Income: $103,210

The pressure is high for commercial airline pilots. They are not only expected to guarantee the safety of passengers, but also to keep their flights on-time, even when flying in inclement weather. A pilot’s irregular working hours and routes lead to continual layovers in various cities and, often, to jet lag.


4. Military General

Stress Score: 55.17

Average Income: $196,300

A military general is a high-ranking leader in their branch of the armed forces. They command troops through military training operations and into battle. The complex and dangerous nature of their work, as well as the necessity to make life and death decisions for their troops, results in this being ranked as a highly stressful profession.


5. Police Officer

Stress Score: 53.63

Average Income: $53,540

A police officer helps to provide protection to citizens against crime and investigates criminal activities. They work with the public on crime-prevention measures and education, and often are the first responders to serious accidents and dangerous events. They’re a constant target to criminals, which makes this profession very stressful.


6. Event Coordinator

Stress Score: 49.85

Average Income: $45,260

An event coordinator is responsible for planning all logistics and activities associated with the events for which he or she is responsible. Though they may conduct many events through the year, any event may be a once-in-a-lifetime special occasion for the people involved. Therefore, events often have very high visibility and high stakes for the coordinator involved.


7. Public Relations Executive

Stress Score: 47.56

Average Income: $91,810

Public Relations Officers are responsible for creating and maintaining a positive image with the public for companies, non-profits and government agencies. They typically are responsible for giving presentations and making speeches, often in front of large crowds. This very competitive field, which often includes highly visible, tight deadlines, keeps stress at high-levels for specialists. Some PR executives are required to interact with potentially hostile members of the media, especially after a disaster.


8. Corporate Executive (Senior)

Stress Score: 47.41

Average Income: $165,830

Corporate Executives are in charge of formulating the policies and strategies for their companies, while also directing the operations. Senior executives are expected to have an in-depth knowledge of many different fields at once. They face pressure to make company-wide decisions that can have far-reaching effects for the employees, including layoffs.


9. Photojournalist

Stress Score: 47.09

Average Income: $40,000

Photojournalists capture their stories through the lens of a camera. They are often on the frontlines of dangerous situations in order to get the story, such as fires and battlefields. Danger in the field, tight deadlines and potential technological glitches are factors why their jobs can be considered stressful.


10. Taxi Driver

Stress Score: 46.25

Average Income: $22,440

Navigating through the maze of a city or the outskirts of the suburbs, a taxi driver drives to locations near and far to pick up and drop off passengers by request. They’re also the No. 1 target for crime in most cities and are required to work long hours to earn minimal pay.



What about the least stressful jobs of 2012?

1. Medical Records Technician

Stress Score: 7.52

Average Income: $32,350

Maintains complete, accurate, and up-to-date medical records for use in treatment, billing, and statistical surveys.


2. Jeweler

Stress Score: 8.21

Average Income: $35,170

Manufactures and repairs rings, bracelets, pins, and necklaces using precious or semi-precious metals and stones.


3. Hair Stylist

Stress Score: 8.63

Average Income: $22,760

Creates hair styles, and advises clients about caring for their hair between appointments.


4. Dressmaker-Tailor

Stress Score: 8.65

Average Income: $26,560

Follows design instructions, operates a sewing machine to join, reinforce, and decorate parts of garments or other textiles.


5. Medical Laboratory Technician

Stress Score: 9.33

Average Income: $36,280

Conducts routine laboratory tests and analysis used in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.


6. Audiologist

Stress Score: 9.37

Average Income: $66,660

An Audiologist diagnoses and treats hearing problems by attempting to discover the range, nature, and degree of hearing function. The job is not typically physically demanding or stressful, but it does require a keen attention to detail and focused concentration.


7. Precision Assembler

Stress Score: 9.40

Average Income: $31,250

Works on sub-assembly or final assembly of products such as machinery, electronic equipment, or aircraft.


8. Dietitian

Stress Score: 10.27

Average Income: $53,250

Dietitians assess patients’ dietary needs, plans menus and instructs patients and their families about proper nutritional care. They mostly work in hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, or physician’s offices. Dietitians typically work a standard schedule during the week, although some work weekends as well.


9. Furniture Upholsterer

Stress Score: 10.30

Average Income: $29,960

Builds new furniture and restores worn furniture using a thorough knowledge of fabrics and manufacturing techniques.


10. Electrical Technician

Stress Score: 10.38

Average Income: $56,040

Develops, assembles, and tests electrical equipment according to principles of electrical engineering.



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