10 Careers Mostly Likely to Make You Depressed

Clinical depression is not just a disease of the unemployed or an uninvited visitor around the holiday season. No, clinical depression tends to afflict the employed and can hover over them every minute of their working day, no matter the season of the year.

Psychology Today lists 10 career paths that have been found through research, observation, or just working in them to be associated with the blues or even more serious mood swings down the rabbit hole. Here they are. Just reading about them might bring you down.

1. Nursing home/home care.

You slave on behalf of those whose care depends on you, but your job is low on the totem pole and you receive little positive feedback. Unless you're the Mother Teresa type, this can be a rough way to earn what is probably just above minimum wage.

2. Health care.

With all the changes in billing in health care, the malpractice lawsuits, and the emergence of the consumer who researches everything, even if you're higher up the totem pole in the health care system, you're probably not smiling much. And everyone is telling you that you should be grateful that you at least have a job.

3. Creative professions.

The nature of the creative process puts profound demands on writers, actors, and painters, but so few barely eke out a living. Forget making it big. Because of irregular assignments you tend to be isolated, which can force you inward -- and into a black hole of existential despair.

4. Teachers.

Gone is the 'Mr. Chips' world in which a teacher could make a difference and be remembered by generations of students. That has been replaced with hostility and lawsuits by parents, students, and administrators. Also, in these budget-challenged days, forget job security. You do have it rough.

5. Food service.

It's one thing to labor as a young waitress or waiter with a dream. It's another to do this as your profession. Rude customers, stressed-out employers, and low wages make the work a daily ordeal. Sometimes, the place doesn't even provide you with a meal anymore.

6. Social Work.

This is a story with many grim episodes and few happy endings. Abused and molested children, successful people who become mentally ill and lose everything including a roof over their heads, and battered spouses are the daily realities. Yet, that's your job, at least for now.

7. Administrative support staff.

In downsized organizations, you are responsible for more and more, but have little authority. If things go well, you are rarely recognized or rewarded. If things go badly, you are often targeted for blame.

8. Sales.

This is a line of work with much more rejection than acceptance. Yet, selling or trying to, is the job description. If you don't make your numbers or quotas, you could be out on the street. That might force you to look into other lines of work. No newsflash, sales has high turnover.

9. Financial Advisor.

Money is no joke. Those who put theirs in your hands expect you to do well by them. Yet, there are so many uncertainties in the business of creating wealth. You rarely have much control over what determines gains and losses. No one likes you when you aren't making a lot of money for them.

10. Maintenance.

When things break down, don't look perfect, or don't operate as expected, you are called in. That means you encounter your employers, clients, and customers under lousy conditions. Will they thank you when you fix the mess? Don't expect it.

To this list of 10, you might want to add your own profession. Is your job making you low in spirits?

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al pambuena

i was in the health care field for years, and finally bailed out, to become a truck driver. being around sick and injured patients all day, just sucked, and i got to a point where i could not even walk in the building anymore without taking a pill. i became a truck driver to just get out, and smell fresh air, and meet people, and see different places. then i went into education....boy that really sucked....it was one of the few times where i just wanted to blow up a building....so now i am a treasure hunter....very good...very exciting.

December 13 2010 at 8:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Corporate world is evil! Extremely depressing on a daily basis! Business is a very cold industry! They could care less about you! If you say the wrong thing or wear the wrong shoes your FIRED!! You are garbage that can be easily replaced. My only goal for my career is to retire FAST!!!!!!!!

December 13 2010 at 8:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary Jo

In this day and age anyone who is working is lucky just to have a job!

December 13 2010 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i love my job just hate the people so i put blinders on

December 13 2010 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Custodian. Sure people "leave you alone" but that's just more time alone for you to contemplate offing yourself, being called shiftless and uneducated.

December 13 2010 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

uuuuh how about police or military? did no one else think of post traumatic stress disorder associated with war?

December 13 2010 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am very surprised to see that Inbound Customer Service representative wasn't listed. Getting screamed at, talked down to, hassled, and badgered all day would depress anyone. And that's just from management...

December 13 2010 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Want a thankless job where you can be a "2nd Class Citizen" and the scapegoat for everything negative? Well, become a administrative contractor for the Federal Government! In most cases, these jobs are filled by people with disabilities so that the Feds can say they comply with the law about hiring the handicapped. Then you get to work with some of the most over-compensated, "entitled" people in the world! While you have little to no benefits, these folks are given so much paid leave time that some have trouble taking all their leave and so are in danger of losing some of their accumulated leave at the end of the year because you can only carry 240 hours over for each year! Since I do the payroll for this office, I can see some of these folks have YEARS of paid leave coming to them when they "retire"! Oh yes, and lets not forget that since we're "second class citizens" if we complain about anything we're generally told that we "should be on our knees thanking them for our jobs"! I even had one of the Feds shout physical threats and cuss at me in front of other Feds! This guy was given a promotion!!
Something go wrong with a project? It is almost always blamed on the contractor! Contractors are held responsible for the tasks they perform while the Fed employee is not. In fact, I had one Fed employee tell me that one of the reasons they use contractors is so that they have someone to blame if things don't go right. He said this to me like he was just kidding, however I know he really wasn't.
I hope that if there is only one campaign promise made by President Obama that he keeps it will be to end the use of contractors for administrative positions, we would be hired! In the private sector, the Dept of Labor ruled that an employer cannot use a contractor or temporary employee for a job if it's expected to last more than 6 months and the position requires the employee to work more than 32 hours a week. I have some co-workers (contractors) that have worked in their position 40 hours per week and have been in that position for 10 years! There are no raises, no promotions, nothing to aspire to because all the Fed jobs are "reserved"for veterans or the friends of the current Feds! It doesn't matter how qualified you are for the job, a veteran can always beat you out! Even if they have NO qualifications for the job!!
While I am extremely grateful for having a job, No one should have to put up with the abuse that is heaped on contractors with no end in sight except death!

December 13 2010 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Big Doug

How about Rosie O'Donell's proctologist

December 13 2010 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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lol! a laugh and a smile for the day...thanks! I needed that :)

December 13 2010 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You must be kidding me! I do concur that, yes, creative professionals are subject to deep depression. I am a visual artist and it is the difficulty of the path to creative development and financial viability that makes creative professions tough. But "forget about making it big"??? Come on, Jane. You are a journalist. Should we settle for the hobbyist standard? If we all just "forgot about making it big", there would be no arts worthwhile. I struggle still after three decades of my profession, I do see very sad days indeed, but when I finish a modern masterpiece and it sings (And my public is moved) I find my elation dispells the darkness. I continue on. Coming from a journalist, your advice is a disaster.

December 13 2010 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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