The Times West Virginian


January 19, 2014

What job brings the most stress?

Does your job stress you out? Are there certain times of the year when it’s more stressful or is it just consistently stressful?

Everybody has workplace stresses. Deadlines. Difficult coworkers. A mountain of paperwork you just can’t seem to get through. A demanding boss.

Sometimes maybe more stressful than others, particularly because of being responsible for saving or protecting other people’s lives. And then there’s the kind of stress that comes from what would happen if you were to make a mistake in the duties of your job.

A recent report by CareerCast listed the most stressful jobs of 2014. The list was based on “typical demands and crisis inherent in the job” and looked at things like the amount of travel, lack of growth possibilities, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands the environment worked in, hazards, risks, working within the public’s eye.

This is the list that CareerCast came up with:

10. Taxi driver

9. Police officer

8. Newspaper reporter (while we have a stressful profession I’m not sure that I would place it above law-enforcement officers. Of course this was not a list that we compiled ourselves.)

7. Senior corporate executive

6. Public relations executive

5. Event coordinator

4. Airline pilot

3. Firefighter

2. Military general

1. Enlisted military personnel

According to the article that accompanied the list of stressful jobs by Kyle Kensing, “Jobs that require you to face unpredictable conditions, immediate dangers and high-stake situations rank among the most stressful.”

But then again every job has its own kind of stress, and it takes a very special person to fill that position and do it well. Each person has their own unique characteristics that make them perfect for their chosen profession.

Last week, we asked all about professional stress on our online poll, which can be found at Last week, we asked, “A recent report lists the most stressful jobs in America. What kind of job do you think is the most stressful kind of job?”

And here’s what you had to say:

• Jobs in the financial sector — 6 percent

• Medical careers — 12.2 percent

• Educators — 17.07 percent

• Any military job — 31.71 percent

• Police, fire and emergency responders — 32.93 percent

When we asked the question about stressful jobs, more than one person said the worst job would be CEO of Freedom Industries. We tend to agree, which is what leads us to this week’s question. What do you find to be the most unsettling news so far out of the Elk River pollution emergency. We want to know what you have to say about the issue.

Log on. Vote. Email me or respond online.

Misty Poe

Managing Editor


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    July 31, 2014

  • State must convince parents, schools about benefits of Common Core

    It’s always nice to have a little bit of background information before diving into something new.
    So we have to agree with West Virginia Board of Education president Gayle Manchin when she says the state should have done a better job of explaining Common Core standards when they were first introduced.
    Those standards, part of a national educational initiative that sets learning goals designed to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college and career, will be fully implemented in every West Virginia school district next month.

    July 30, 2014

  • Time is now for Tomblin to support King Coal Highway

    U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia’s six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on.

    July 29, 2014

  • United effort to keep NASA in Fairmont is essential project

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    That’s why a strong, united effort to keep the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program in Fairmont is absolutely essential.

    July 27, 2014

  • COLUMN: Calling all readers: Be heard

    I love to talk to readers.
    I love to hear concerns they have about stories we’ve written, things they think should be included in the newspaper and things they think shouldn’t be.

    July 27, 2014

  • Korean War veterans are deserving of a memorial

    NEEDED: A total of $10,000 for the Korean War Memorial this year.
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    July 25, 2014

  • Roll up your sleeves, give blood and you can save lives

    It takes up to 100 units of blood to save the life of someone who sustains life-threatening injuries in a vehicle accident.
    We’re hoping that the number of people who come to Fairmont Senior High School on Friday for and American Red Cross blood drive will exceed that amount.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vehicles and motorcycles must share the road safely

    The days are long. The weather is superb. There’s plenty of leisure time in these lazy days of summer.
    It’s the perfect time to take a long motorcycle ride.
    It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remind not only riders but drivers of the need to share the road. And we feel compelled to mention it because just within the month of July, there have been two motorcycle-versus-car accidents within the City of Fairmont alone — one with severe injuries sustained by the motorcyclist and the other with less serious injury.

    July 23, 2014

  • Too many taking too few steps to protect selves from skin cancer

    July 22, 2014

  • Distracted driving: It isn’t worth fine or a life

    Today marks the day that police agencies from six states are joining forces to crack down on one thing — distracted driving.
    And they will focus on that traffic violation for a solid week, with the stepped-up effort to curb distracted driving wrapping up on Saturday, July 26.

    July 20, 2014

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