If you thought your job was stressful, just try venting your problems to a urologist.
The Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration has outlined what they believe are the most stressful job occupations. They developed their list of the most stressful jobs based on the stress tolerance people in the field must possess, though they acknowledge determining levels of stress is difficult. Everyone carries and copes with stress differently, and some are better equipped to handle it than others.
The following 10 jobs require “accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.” You’ll also notice that many of the top jobs on the list, unsurprisingly, involve life-and-death situations. Yeah, we’d say that’s pretty stressful compared to your average desk jockey position.
- Anesthesiologist Assistants
- Nurse Anesthetists
- Telephone Operators
- Acute Care Nurses
- Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
- Transit and Railroad Police
Six of the top 10 most stressful jobs come from the healthcare industry, which is to be expected. Emergency dispatchers aren’t much of a surprise, though we were a bit taken aback by telephone operators. That does prove desk jobs can be strenuous too, however.
Notably, all the jobs O*NET ranked are at least a little stressful: Even the least-stressful profession, Models, had a stress level of 24 (out of 100).
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