Every professional endures stress in their job, whether it has to do with multitasking, push back from coworkers, or even a stressful boss. But for others, the very nature of the job can be stressful.
The Jobs Rated methodology defines stress through 11 factors: competitiveness, deadlines, physical demands, meeting and interacting with customers and/or the public, potential for job growth, travel, hazards encountered, environmental conditions, working in the public eye, and the life of oneself or others at risk.
For example, the stress of working as a police officer or firefighter is immediately apparent. The Officer Down Memorial Page reported 119 officer deaths in 2015 while the U.S. Fire Administration reported 80 fatalities for the same year. Personal danger is one of the stress factors in these two careers.
They, along with enlisted military personnel, are entrusted with the safety and well-being of others. On the other side, a public relations agent’s job is also stressful because of the demand of tight deadlines, and meeting with the public under sometimes stressful circumstances.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based PR agent Bruce Serbin explained to Career Cast, “Since news happens 24/7, I’ve been woken in the middle of the night [and] had to get a pitch out on weekends, holidays.” Serbin added that sometimes his message is met with hostility. Still, Field Public Relations president Lauren Littlefield explained, “PR is a highly satisfying career. No day is like another. It’s fast paced, exciting and very rewarding to those who do it well.”
Check out these top 10 most stressful jobs of 2016, according to the Jobs Rated report. Note that salary information and growth outlook is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates released in December 2015. The outlook projections span from 2014 to 2024.
#1 – Enlisted Military Personnel
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 84.78
Annual Median Salary: $27,936
Growth Outlook: N/A
Enlisted military personnel make up about 83% of the Armed Forces. Typical job duties include: operating, maintaining, and repairing equipment; supervising junior enlisted personnel; performing technical and support activities; and participating in , or supporting, combat and other military operations, including humanitarian or disaster relief.
Enlisted personnel are active in all branches of the military, including in combat, where they are expected to work together as a team or as individuals to protect and defend.
#2 – Firefighter
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 60.59
Annual Median Salary: $45,970
Growth Outlook: 5%
Firefighters see stress in every aspect of their jobs and their bravery is praised. These individuals are often the first responders for accidents, as well as fires. They put their lives on the line for rescues and to put out fires, whether they are structural or otherwise.
#3 – Airline Pilot
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 60.46
Annual Median Salary: $103,390
Growth Outlook: 5%
Airline pilots are responsible for safely flying aircraft with passengers aboard from one destination to another. This job can be stressful for its multitasking requirements. In the case of an emergency, pilots must keep calm and do everything in their training to keep the passengers (and their crew) alive.
#4 – Police Officer
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 53.82
Annual Median Salary: $58,630
Growth Outlook: 4%
Police officers face stress every time they clock in. From patrolling the streets to solving crimes, they must be vigilant and keep the peace while arresting criminals and doling out tickets for people who break the law.
#5 – Event Coordinator
Jobs Rated Stress Score: 49.93
Annual Median Salary: $46,490
Growth Outlook: 10%
Event coordinators have a high-stress job, though it is vastly different than firefighters or those in the police force. They may not be responsible for someone’s life, but they are often responsible for coordinating the most important events, including weddings and funerals.