General Research — 26 November 2018

Always feeling feel stressed? Ever wonder how you’re going to get everything on your to-do list done? Feel like no one else is as stressed as you at work? But are you actually in a high-stress job? Well if yours is on this list of the 10 most stressful jobs in the world then you might just be right. But if yours isn’t, then spare a thought for those who are…

CareerCast.com has released its annual list of the 10 most stressful jobs and unsurprisingly those in the armed forces and emergency services come out on top for obvious reasons – their life being in danger and all – but many others on the list might just come as a surprise.

According to the site, career and money are the two leading – and consistent – causes of stress. And while stress is often unavoidable (unless you don’t care about keeping your job that is) it varies greatly between jobs and professions. While some jobs pose life-threatening risk like say a firefighter, others may be stressful due to things like strict deadlines or being susceptible to public scrutiny.

The jobs were evaluated according to these 11 core factors: 

  • 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
  • Working in the Public Eye

So with that in mind, these are the 10 most stressful jobs of 2018:

10. Taxi Driver

Most stressful jobs

Median Salary: $24,880*

Potential causes of stress: Traffic, directions, vulnerability

9. Senior Corporate Executive

Most stressful jobs

Median Salary: $183,270*

Potential causes of stress: People management, high-stakes decision making

8. Public Relations Executive

Most stressful jobs

Median Salary: $111,280*

Potential causes of stress: High public visibility, public speaking, management of bad publicity

7. Broadcaster

Most stressful jobs

Median Salary: $40,910*

Potential causes of stress: High public visibility/scrutiny, Live television, Public speaking

6. Newspaper Reporter

Most stressful jobs

Median Salary: $39,370*

Potential causes of stress: Strict deadlines

5. Event Coordinator 

Median Salary: $48,290*

Potential causes of stress: Strict deadlines, large-scale organisation

4. Police Officer

Most stressful jobs

Median Salary: $62,960*

Potential causes of stress: Life-threatening situations

3. Airline Pilot

Most stressful jobs

Median Salary: $111,930*

Potential causes of stress: People’s lives and safety in their hands

2. Firefighter

Most stressful jobs

Median Salary: $49,080*

Potential causes of stress: Life-threatening situations, people’s lives in their hands

1. Enlisted Military Personnel

Most stressful jobs

Median Salary: $26,054*

Potential causes of stress: Life-threatening situations, war zones, weapons management

*All median salary data in USD via the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Jessica is marie claire and InStyle’s Senior Digital Content Editor reporting on everything from celebrities to breaking news, lifestyle and all things royal (ahem, Meghan and Harry!).
 
This piece was first seen on ‘Marie Claire‘. 

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