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What Are The Most and Least Stressful Jobs?


Stress can take a huge toll on the body and can cause deterioration in everything from your gums to your heart and can make you more susceptible to illnesses ranging from the common cold to cancer. According to CareerCast, 70 per cent of all employees say that work is the main cause of their stress, with nearly half of those questioned attributing it to worries about job stability. They ranked the most stressful and the least stressful careers.

Many people also complained their employers paid little heed to trying to help them find a good balance between work and the rest of their lives.

A previous PreventDisease.com poll shows that most employers do little to encourage exercise and help their employees relieve stress.

The 2011 stress list is led by commercial pilots, but their $100,000 plus annual salaries might make up for some of the angst.

At the other end of the stress scale, the health care field makes up five of the ten spots in the survey’s list of least stressful jobs with audiologist coming out as the best bet.

The toughest blue collar jobs are more predictable, with firefighters, who are paid an average $45,222, topping the list and police officers and prison guards not far behind.

To find the rankings, researchers reviewed the differences in five key criteria - environmental factors, income, outlook, physical demands and stress.

With the last category, they broke it down into factors like travel, deadlines, whether the work was in the public eye, competitiveness, hazards and whether your own life or that of another was at risk.

MOST STRESSFUL

1. Commercial Air Pilot, $106,151

2. Public Relations Officer, $90,160

3. Corporate Executive, $161,141

4. Photojournalist, $40,209

5. Newscaster, $50,456

6. Advertising Executive, $62,105 

7. Architect, $73,193 

8. Stockbroker, $67,470 

9. Medical Technician, $30,168 

10. Real Estate Agent, $40,357


LEAST STRESSFUL

1. Audiologist, $63,144

2. Dietitian, $52,127

3. Software Engineer, $87,140

4. Computer Programmer, $71,176

5. Dental Hygienist, $67.107

6. Speech Pathologist, $65,143

7. Philosopher, $61,221

8. Mathematician, $94,178

9. Occupational Therapist, $70,193

10. Chiropractor, $68,358


MOST STRESSFUL BLUE COLLAR

1. Firefighter, $45,222

2. Taxi Driver, $21,127

3. Police Officer, $49,185

4. Highway Patrol Officer, $53,171

5. Lumberjack, $32,109

6. Painter, $34,152

7. Corrections Officer, $39,150

8. Ironworker, 34,127

9. Construction Foreman, $82,210

10. Roofer, $34,168


LEAST STRESSFUL BLUE COLLAR

1. Bookbinder, $31,194

2. Photographic Worker, $26,182

3. Musical Repairer, $33,211

4. Automobile Assembler, $27,263

5. Precision Assembler, $28,150

6. Forklift Operator, $30,144

7. Furniture Upholsterer, $30,147

8. Drill-Press Operator, $31,124

9. Vending Machine Repairer, $30,147

10. Appliance Repairer, $34,152


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