Jobs for which you can't just take Friday off
Are there any jobs out there anymore that aren't stress-inducing? Given the drive to "disrupt" all workplaces to come up with new strategic initiatives, among other competitive forces in a bruising economy, the answer is probably, "no." But surely some jobs are still more stressful than others.
So which are the most stressful? CareerCast.com, the job-search portal site, has compiled its list of the most stressful jobs for the new year, and many of the results are hardly surprising. "Surely if your job is to work with IUD's in Iraq, you probably have one of the most stressful jobs in the country," Tony Lee, the publisher of CareerCast.com, told AOL Jobs in an interview. "But jobs like being a soldier provide an adrenaline rush that many workers seek out."
(The list is put together by CareerCast.com and is based on data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other industry trade groups. In total, 200 jobs are tracked by the website.)
But as Lee also recognized, stress can emerge in any job due to individual circumstances like a bad boss. "We look at things that are out of the workers' control," he said. "And we notice many of the most stressful jobs are ones in which workers have no control over their day. Jobs for which you can't really take a Friday off for. You are expected to do a certain set of responsibilities, or someone's life, or even your own, could be in danger."
See below for the 10 most stressful jobs of 2014. (Outlook is the growth in hiring in the sector expected by 2020, as projected by the BLS, which also provides the average salary information.)
10. Taxi driver
Median Salary: $22,820
Outlook: 20 percent
Find a job now as a taxi driver.
Median Salary: $55,270
Outlook: 7 percent
Find a job now as a police officer.
Median Salary: $35,870
Outlook: -6 percent
Find out more about newspaper reporters.
Median Salary: $168,140
Outlook: 5 percent
Find a job now as a senior corporate executive.
Median Salary: $54,170
Outlook: 21 percent
Find a job now as a public relations executive.
Median Salary: $45,810
Outlook: 44 percent
Find a job now as an event coordinator.
Median Salary: $114,200
Outlook: 11 percent
Find out more about airline pilots.
Median Salary: $45,250
Outlook: 9 percent
Find a job now as a firefighter.
Median Salary: $196,300
Find a job now as a military general.
Median Salary: $28,840
Find a job now as an enlisted military personnel.