The most stressful jobs are often those that involve risking one's own life or taking responsibility for others' lives, with military jobs topping the list, according to Forbes. Other stressful jobs include those that involve constant rejection or extreme competition and pressure.
According to Career Cast's 2014 ranking of stressful jobs, enlisted military personnel hold down the most stressful job. Their lives are often in danger, they are separated from their families, they deal with heavy physical demands on the job and they have little say over their day-to-day tasks, all elements that add to stress. Military generals hold down the No. 2 spot on the stress list. They face much the same stress as the enlisted personnel and bear the responsibility for all the people under them.
Firefighters are in the third spot on the list; they also risk their lives every time they go to work. Airline pilots, who work erratic schedules and are responsible for the lives of the people in their planes, come in at No. 4.
Event coordinators hold the fifth most stressful job. While they do not risk their lives, they constantly deal with people who are upset with their work and must manage difficult personalities. Similarly, public relations executives at No. 6 and senior corporate executives at No. 7 deal with constant criticism and often are thrown into the middle of tense situations.
Newspaper reporters hold the eighth most stressful job, thanks to the constant deadlines and lack of job security. Police officers, at No. 9, are similar to firefighters in that they put their lives on the line every day. Finally, taxi drivers hold the 10th spot.