The most stressful jobs in America

Think your job stresses you out? Be grateful you don't perform one of these occupations. (And if you do, please -- sit and relax a moment!)

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Feb 26, 2014 9:05AM
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No military? Stressful hours, no overtime, single pay, always being the ones to be deducted from, our first line of defense. Rangers, Seals, etc. then the other guys who just deal with protecting national assets and don't get the appreciation for it. The guys that take the bullets that don't get to be named due to secrecy and die but don't get the appropriate appreciation. On call more often then nurses, straight standing guard watches for 12 to 24 hours hardly any sleep sometimes carry ammo, gear, and weapons weighing between 15 to 58 pounds for that many hours?
Feb 26, 2014 12:02PM
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Been in a classroom lately?  Try middle or high school these days.  Long hours, lots of paperwork and no respect from parents, students or administration.  Schools today are not your safe havens of yesterday.  I'd like to hand cuff a politician to a special education or any class room teacher's desk for a day.  Let them see the stress caused by their legislation...they have no clue.     
Apr 21, 2014 7:22PM
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Education administrators?  And average salary is only $43, 950?  Where do they get this information?  In Utah, one of the lowest paying states in the country, beginning administrator salaries are well over $60,000.  Try teachers, with beginning salaries of around $32,00.  That's where the stress is, in the classroom!


Feb 26, 2014 2:47PM
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I realize that this is going to be an unpopular post.  Why no sympathy for the small business owner?  I realize that “meeting payroll” is not a life or death issue like some of the other jobs listed but from my perspective, the decisions I make effect the lives of the 70 families who rely on their jobs. 

 

Like most small businesses owners, the majority of my wealth is tied up in my business.  Bad decisions would result not only in my personal losses, but my employees would likewise suffer. 

 

Despite all the partisan bickering on these boards, employers do care about the welfare of their employees. 

Feb 26, 2014 9:33AM
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You want to talk about a stressful job, try being a Correction Officer!
Apr 21, 2014 8:57PM
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Intensive care and ER nurses deal with life and death everyday. ..... You talk about stress
Apr 21, 2014 8:35PM
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everyone thinks their job is the most stressful in America
Apr 21, 2014 11:37PM
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Next to active duty deployed military personnel, I would challenge anyone to top a correction officer for daily stress level. Imagine being locked in a building, immersed in a 100% criminal environment, with violent, repeat offenders. You have NO WEAPON only a radio, they outnumber you 70-1, and nowhere to run when bad things happen. On average a Correction Officers 58th birthday will be his last. Oh and P.S. you don't get the respect the public give police, or the love they give firefighters. The red headed stepchild of law enforcement always...stress indeed.
Apr 21, 2014 10:12PM
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Uh, yeah.  Try controlling 40 teenagers who are not afraid of their parents, have no respect, no manners, can't spell, barely understand what they are reading and ask them to SIT STILL and THINK!  That's about as stressful as WWIII.  Oh, and then try to explain why you are NOT to blame for little Johnny not passing a class when Mommy and Daddy can't even take away his cell phone, TV, video games and set a curfew.  Why do you think most of the creative ones burn out and QUIT??!!  That's why I teach college now - no meddling parents defining their kids when they tell me to F**K OFF in the middle of MY class.  I think I'd rather be an air traffic controller...maybe.
Apr 21, 2014 6:58PM
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I don't really understand how it can be that stressful being a phlebotomist.  I couldn't do it because I hat the sight of blood and have a fear of needles, but I'm assuming that people who choose this career wouldn't be like that.  I've had my blood drawn and the person doesn't seem that perturbed by it.  I have hard to find veins, beg them not to use the back of my hand (sometimes they do, sometimes they don't), but they still manage to get the job done in under five minutes and seem pretty calm about the whole thing.
Apr 22, 2014 5:01AM
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They missed plenty of high stress jobs because our country as a whole is stressed-more than it used to be.  Low wages and high pressure seem to be a larger and larger problem, regardless of where you live.
Apr 22, 2014 7:32AM
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The author of this article obviously has a limited view of reality. Being an ex-military nuclear reactor operator I can tell you that the list presented is complete hogwash.
Apr 21, 2014 11:15PM
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Hands down, dancers must have the most stressful jobs. Those poor ballerinas must be worried about forgetting to put something on under their tutu's all the time. (With a few exceptions, your job is only as stressful as you yourself make it.)
Apr 22, 2014 8:27AM
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Somehow I think engineering is more stressful than dancing
Apr 22, 2014 6:17AM
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In the town where I grew up there was a dynamite factory. It was a main employer. So on my very first day of my first full time job I was making nitroglycerine.
Apr 22, 2014 9:50AM
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LMAO at some of these! Try enlisted Military in the field. No civilian job can keep those hours for any length of time! Weeks with out showers, 4 hours max sleep a day...basically a 24 hour life style. Oh I gorgot, it must have been a dream asObama thinks we're overpaid!
Apr 22, 2014 7:46AM
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I wish the writer/researcher would have elaborated on what makes these jobs stressful because I just don't understand the dancers. I make it a point not to assume I know someone's job when I've never worked in it so I won't say it's not stressful, but I can't figure out how it can be on a list with anyone that has to work in public safety and the like. I'd appreciate it if someone could explain.
Apr 21, 2014 10:23PM
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Only stressful job I see here are the police/911 call center operators.  The rest are a bunch of pansies!  A news analyst?  Give me a break.  Several of these jobs have a high boredom factor:  pilots, lab techs, etc. that does not mean stressful.
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