Every year, CareerCast.com releases a report on what they consider to be the most and least stressful careers. The careers website looks at a variety of stress factors, such as hazards, working in the public eye, dealing with the public, physical demands and deadlines and then scores each job according to how stressful it is.
Here are 2017’s most and least stressful careers, according to CareerCast.com.
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The tenth most stressful job, with a stress score of 47.93 according to CareerCast.com, is that of broadcasting. Broadcasters are constantly in the public eye and the growth outlook for this career is negative.
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9. Taxi Driver
With a stress score of 48.18, taxi drivers have the ninth most stressful job. They work irregular hours and not only have to deal with the public but with traffic too.
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8. Public Relations Executive
Public relations executives are responsible for the image of a business, which in turn helps determine the financial success of that business. CareerCast.com gives this job a stress score of 48.50.
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7. Senior Corporate Executive
The decisions that senior corporate executives have to make can determine the success or failure of a business. Their job has a stress score of 48.56, according to CareerCast.com.
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6. Newspaper Reporter
Newspaper reporters often have to cover stories that take an emotional toll and every day is a race to meet a deadline. Moreover, the growth outlook for this career is negative, contributing to its stress score of 49.90.
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5. Event Coordinator
Event coordinators have to keep tabs on a multitude of little details, each of which can make or break an event. They work against tight deadlines and in the public eye as well, giving their job a stress score of 51.15.
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4. Police Officer
CareerCast.com’s stress score for police officers is 51.68. Police officers not only have to face dangerous situations but often have to deal with an antagonistic public too.
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3. Airline Pilot
Airline pilots have to be extremely focused because a lapse in concentration can spell disaster. In addition, they have to deal with members of the public who don’t always appreciate the demands of safely flying and landing an aircraft. CareerCast.com gives this job a stress score of 60.54.
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With a stress score of 72.68, firefighters have the second most stressful job. They constantly have to be on high alert because a mistake can cause not only their own death but that of the people they’re trying to save.
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1. Enlisted Military Personnel
It’s no surprise that enlisted military personnel would have an extremely stressful job, with a stress score of 72.74. They face injury or death every day, usually in war zones far from the familiarity of home.
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10. Medical Laboratory Technician
Turning to the least stressful jobs: With a stress score of 10.31, medical laboratory technicians have the tenth least stressful job for 2017, according to CareerCast.com. They perform medical tests such as blood tests, which doctors can then use to diagnose and treat diseases.
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9. Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy technicians are not pharmacists but work closely with licensed pharmacists. They dispense medicines and medical devices and explain to customers how to use them. The stress score for this job is 9.10.
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8. Operations Research Analyst
Operations research analysts examine and interpret data, using a range of methods. The growth outlook for this career is extremely positive and the stress score is only 9.02.
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Even though the growth outlook for a career in jewellery is negative, this job has a low stress score of 8.95. Jewellers get to be creative and to share in the joy of customers getting engaged, married or celebrating other big milestones.
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6. Medical Records Technician
Medical records technicians maintain and manage patients’ medical records. Their job has a low stress score of 8.57 and a positive growth outlook.
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5. University Professor
With a stress score of 8.17, university professors have a low-stress gig. They get to shape young minds to help build a better future, which brings a sense of achievement and purpose to their career.
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Audiologists have a low-risk job with a stress score of 7.31. Helping people overcome hearing problems brings immense job satisfaction and their career has a very positive growth outlook.
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3. Hair Stylist
Even though hair stylists have to work with the public all the time, they get to make people feel good about themselves. The stress score for their job is 5.80.
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2. Compliance Officer
With a stress score of only 5.73, compliance officers have the second least stressful career of 2017. The job involves ensuring that all of the business’ activities are carried out within the regulatory framework.
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1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
The least stressful job for 2017, according to CareerCast.com, is that of a diagnostic medical sonographer, with a stress score of 4.00. This job is low risk and diagnostic medical sonographers often get to share in the joy of watching a new life developing. This career also has a great positive growth outlook.