Recently, The Wall Street Journal published an article about job characteristics, referring to CareerCast, an online job offering site. According to this, the most stressful job in the US is enlisted military personnel.
The Wall Street Journal: No to Military, Yes to Hair: The Most and Least Stressful Jobs of 2014
CareerCast scored a total of 200 job categories based on several standards related to stress, such as life-threatening, deadlines, growth potential, and so on. This is the list of worst stressful jobs.
1. Enlisted Military Personnel
2. Military General
4. Airline Pilot
5. Event Coordinator
6. Public Relations Executive
7. Corporate Executive (Senior)
8. Reporter (Newspaper)
9. Police Officer
10. Taxi Driver
In contrast, least stressful jobs are also listed.
2. Hair Stylist
4. University Professor (Tenured)
5. Seamstress / Tailor
7. Medical Records Technician
9. Multimedia Artist
10. Drill-Press Operator
CareerCast: The Most Stressful Jobs of 2014
CareerCast: The Least Stressful Jobs of 2014
What do you think about these lists? Indeed, soldiers and firefighters are likely to be stressful.
It is interesting that growth potential is included to calculate the stress scores. Taxi drivers will be no more required in the future, if an autonomous car is realized. It is not true that simple task is free from any stress.
The jobs listed as stress-free are all specialized ones. Their professional skills are hardly to be mimicked. Thus, they can avoid excessive competition. In addition, their incomes are considerably high. Instead, it means that getting such a job requires some talents. It is very difficult to get a seat of a tenured professor. If once gained, will you feel relaxed? I am not sure.
After all, no one knows what kind of job survives the next generation. If an innovative drug and medical system so called "Google Doctor" are invented, physicians will be no more valuable. Which jobs are admirable depends on various factors, not only the characteristics of the jobs, but also social environment. It is quite difficult to find the very job which satisfies you for a long time.