What Are the 20 Most Stressful Jobs?


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According to CareerCast's 2014 list, the most stressful jobs are, in descending order, enlisted military personnel, military general, firefighter, airline pilot, event coordinator, public relations executive, senior corporate executive, newspaper reporter, police officer and taxi driver. CareerCast determines stressfulness based on the amount of responsibility, public scrutiny and deadlines a position offers.

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In its 2013 rankings, CareerCast included photojournalist as the seventh most stressful career. In 2011 rankings of the most stressful blue-collar jobs, the website included, in descending order, highway patrol officer, lumberjack, painter, corrections officer, ironworker, construction foreman and roofer. The regular 2011 list also included real estate agent, emergency medical technician, stockbroker, architect, advertising account executive and newscaster.

The Occupational Information Network ranked the most stressful jobs as first-line supervisors of police and detectives, mental health counselors, education administrators, broadcast news analysts, nurse anesthetists, phlebotomy technicians, pilots, co-pilots and flight engineers, air traffic controllers, surgeons, obstetricians and gynecologists, dancers, psychiatric technicians, police, fire and ambulance dispatchers, and psychiatric aides.

The 2014 CareerCast rankings include stress measurements for 200 different jobs. Its list of the least stressful jobs include audiologist, hair stylist, jeweler, tenured university professor, seamstress or tailor, dietitian, medical records technician, librarian, multimedia artist and drill-press operator.

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