Saturday, January 13, 2018

Broadcaster, Newspaper Reporter Among 2018's Most Stressful Jobs

The truth is, no job is ever going to be free from stress, says a new CareerCast report on the most and least stressful jobs of 2018. This year's least stressful job, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, may not work in the public eye, face imminent risk of bodily harm to oneself or one's patient, and will not typically deal with high travel or workplace hazards.

"However, the least stressful job – Diagnostic Medical Sonographer – isn't merely conducting pregnancy ultrasounds," says Kyle Kensing, Online Content Editor, "Their days may include the task of cancer screenings, which can add stress to the job."

When searching for a profession with low stress, it's important to keep in mind the job's growth outlook. While Jeweler (#7) is a low-stress profession, it has a negative growth outlook of -3%. On the other hand, Operations Research Analyst, which comes in as the 9th least stressful job, has a +27% growth outlook.

Most Stressful Jobs

Enlisted Military Personnel, Firefighters, Airline Pilots and Police Officers – the four most stressful jobs of 2018 – commonly face risk of death or injury, physical demands, and other hazards every single day.

Reporter, Broadcaster and Public Relations Executive are professions with high public visibility. Nearly three-quarters of the American population is estimated to suffer from public speaking anxiety, so with that in mind, one could understand how these careers are high stress.

Add strict and regular deadlines – a pressing concern for those who work as Event Coordinators, as well as Broadcasters, Reporters, Public Relations Executives and Senior Corporate Executives – and the causes of stress are evident.

How much stress we feel can vary depending on the field and stressors can vary dramatically from job to job.

"While the nature of fears and stressors for the 10 most stressful jobs are different, they are common fears just the same," says Kensing. "For those who thrive on stress, one of our most stressful professions may be a good fit for you."

CareerCast's Least Stressful Jobs of 2018

CareerCast's Most Stressful Jobs of 2018

To rank the most and least stressful careers from the 200 professions on the Jobs Rated report, CareerCast evaluated 11 stress factors: travel required; growth potential; deadlines; working in the public eye; competition in the field; physical demands; environmental conditions; hazards encountered on a regular basis; own life at risk; life of others at risk; and meeting or interacting with the public at large. The methodology can be found here.

Median Annual Salary and Projected Hiring Growth by 2026 are via the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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