10 Most Stressful Jobs Of 2012

most stressful jobs of 2012For many Americans, stress is an integral part of work. Whether caused by looming deadlines, balancing demands of job and family, or a career that routinely involves risks to life and limb, stress can both help us do our jobs better -- by keeping us on our toes -- and take a toll on our overall health by putting us at increased risk for disease.

Not surprisingly, some of the most stressful jobs involve protecting others from harm, according to a survey by CareerCast.com, a job-search website. They include firefighters, who in addition to fighting fires frequently come in contact with hazardous materials and poisonous gases, and police officers, who battle crime and deal with dangerous criminals.

Similarly, CareerCast notes, military generals, who are in charge of defense strategy, and maintaining troop strength and morale, have one of the most stressful jobs, as do airline pilots, who are responsible for the safety of scores of passengers as well as their crew.

In its evaluation of job-related stress, CareerCast looked at 11 factors that invoke stress. Each were assigned points, with the highest scores given to those factors that were a major part of the job.

Jobs that are in dangerous settings, have demanding deadlines or involve repetitive detailed work can increase stress levels, CareerCast says. But stress isn't limited to a particular job, industry, salary or education level.

"Not all jobs are created equal when it comes to stress levels," says CareerCast Publisher Tony Lee in a statement accompanying the survey's results. Avoiding workplace stress isn't as difficult as it might seem, he says. There are many career options for those looking to keep stress levels at a minimum.

Fortunately, stress and pay don't go hand in hand. In other words, workers don't necessarily have to have the most demanding, stressful job in order to bring home a handsome paycheck.

In fact, says Lee, "The most stressful job from our research this year pays about the same as the least stressful job."

CareerCast's 10 Most Stressful Jobs of 2012:

10. Taxi Driver -- Average Income: $22,440

9. Photojournalist -- Average Income: $40,000

8. Corporate Executive (Senior) -- Average Income: $165,830

7. Public Relations Executive -- Average Income $91,810

6. Event Coordinator -- Average Income $45,260

5. Police Officer -- Average Income $53,540

4. Military General -- Average Income $196,300

3. Airline Pilot -- Average Income $103,210

2. Firefighter -- Average Income $45,250

1. Enlisted Military Soldier -- Average Income $35,580

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In fact, says Lee, "The most stressful job from our research this year pays about the same as the least stressful job."

Highest job - $35,580 Lowest job - $22,440

Last math I studied, approximately 50% more was not considered "the same".

February 17 2013 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Goodman

Has the author of this visited MY pubilc school. I teach Middle School. SURELY that's up in the running.

September 25 2012 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How did teachers avoid being on that list?

August 29 2012 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike Goodman

Was this author even clued in at ALL?

September 25 2012 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Try being in the service and see what you think next year at this time. My brother is active duty in the Navy and my father is retired Army. Being in the service is not something you can just skate through. You go through basic training and it is not a piece of cake either. Then after basic you go to school and learn what your field does, after all is said and done it takes almost a whole year. The Navy's only place for basic training, unless you are going to OCS, is Great Lakes, about an hour north of Chicago.

A co worker is married to an active duty Army solider and he was delpoyed to Afghanistan right before Thanksgiving, because she had the whole week of Thanksgiving off. Where we work, they have to let her have time off, whether they want to or not. She has two children with her husband, their daughter is 13, will be 14 in May and their son is 10, 11 in February, and she is 38, 39 in February.

When her husband comes back, it will be November sometime, probably right about Thanksgiving. By the time her husband comes back, their daughter will be a freshman in high school and their son will be a sixth grader. And it puts stress on her, because she has to take care of their children and has to be the mother, the father, the husband, the wife, and many more until her husband returns. He may be back in May, because after six months you have a R&R period of two weeks.

January 05 2012 at 4:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike Goodman

I was in the navy, briefly, under less-than-stressful circumstances. It had its moments, though. The engineering "black gang" chiefs seemed to age 40 years in 30. Don't know what serivce you were in.

September 25 2012 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Army Recruiter. They put in some years and have been through the military experience, but go back to the rank of worthless bum when they can't get recruits on the gay bootcamp bus.

January 05 2012 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Baby

BS, try removing a large tree between 2 house with 2 different sets of power lines on eachside!!

January 05 2012 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And curiously enough, NOT having a job is likely the most stressful of all.

January 05 2012 at 12:56 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Um, hello, you forgot anything in EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Trust me, it's not all fun and games out there being a medic or an EMT. You're out there helping others, but you are working right there next to the Cops and Firefighters you posted as most stressful, Why wouldn't those in EMS have the very same stress levels if they are in the very same situations and responsble for someones life on top of it?

January 05 2012 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I agree with you. My understanding is the EMS persons were probably included in the firefighter catagory, though I don't know if the pay scale is the same.

January 05 2012 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Billy Boy

I give a vote for nurses. I see them run around like crazy, skip their breaks, get loaded with tons of paperwork....and then take verbal abuse from some of their patients and sometime from their superiors. All the time they have to stay focused on giving care which includes giving meds, assessing change in patients, changing IV bags, calling doctors, addmissions/ discharges, paperwork and so much more. I give a big vote to nurses being on the list.
PS. Now staff to patient ratio has also been cut...not safe for patients/harder on nurses

January 05 2012 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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All very true. \
And, let's not forget the 7th grade school teacher who is constantly having to keep in line some pimply-faced, hormone crazed class goof off

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