Is Your Blood Pressure Rising? The Most and Least Stressful Jobs Around

January 8, 2013  |  


Think your job is stressful? CareerCast has taken its annual look at the most and least stressful jobs out there. And, as should be expected, the jobs occupied by those who are risking life and limb are the most stressful — members of the military, military generals, and firefighters are in the top three spots.

But you don’t have to go too much farther down the list to come to jobs that you might otherwise think are pretty sweet. At number five is PR executive, a job that stays on the most stressful list year after year.

“Their job is completely in the public eye, trying to manage awareness and branding for various products and services. It doesn’t matter if you’re in charge of toothpaste or a small nonprofit, you’re still under stress to make sure the word gets out in a positive way,” Tony Lee, publisher of tells NBC News. Also on the list are reporters, photojournalists, and cab drivers. The full list is available here.

And what about the least stressful jobs? University professor, tailor, and medical records technician.

The scale isn’t all about danger and cash. Numbers two and three on the least stressful list aren’t big money makers and relatively low-paying jobs appear on both lists. Job prospects are also taken into consideration. Also stressful — when you work with psychopaths. AOL Jobs says that the areas attracting the most psychos are CEOs, lawyer, the media, and salespeople. We probably could’ve guessed that.

Of course, ultimately, what stresses people out is unique to each person. What do you find stressful about a job?

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