The Times West Virginian

January 19, 2014

What job brings the most stress?

Times West Virginian

— 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