Raise your hand if you’ve ever been stressed at work. Yeah, you’re definitely not alone. That’s the thing about stress — everyone deals with it, and it differs between individuals.
Job stress can come from a variety of things, whether you’re a doctor, a lawyer, or a sales employee, but some jobs are undeniably more taxing than others with high risks, long hours, demanding deadlines, and public appearances. The Occupational Information Network (O*NET), sponsored by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration, recently developed a list of the most stressful jobs.
According to O*NET, these occupations require “accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.” The organization rates the "stress tolerance" for each on a scale of zero to 100, where a higher rating signals more stress. Most of the occupations that topped the list are, unsurprisingly, in the medical or law enforcement fields. From having people’s lives in your hands to strict, often-inconsistent schedules and intense public scrutiny, the stressful nature of these careers needs no explanation.
So, you think you’ve got it bad at work? Check out the 10 most stressful jobs below.
10. Transit and railroad police
8. Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers
7. Obstetricians and gynecologists
5. Acute care nurses
4. Telephone operators
3. Nurse anesthetists
2. Anesthesiologist assistants
If you’re someone who can stay calm, cool, and collected, then you may want to pursue one of these career paths, as the O*Net reports that many are expected to have large numbers of job openings in the next several years. On the other hand, if you’re looking to get out of a stressful situation, consider these eight ways to embark on a career change with confidence and composure.
One of the least stressful jobs, according to organization? Modeling... Hmm, no wonder they look so damn good all the time.