The Most Stressful Jobs of 2011

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — If you want to work a low stress job, don’t work in the media industry.

Photojournalists and newscasters had the fourth and fifth most stressful jobs of any industry in the country, according to a new report from job search engine Careercast, due to the highly competitive nature of their work, the pressure of constantly being on deadline and in some cases, the dangers of reporting on stories in the field.

Moreover, public relations executives were found to have the second most stressful job, also because of the highly competitive environment, not to mention the burden of having to give very public presentations and, perhaps ironically, the added stress of having to interact with sometimes hostile reporters (Careercast’s words, not mine.)

"Jobs in communications can be high pressure, especially for public relations executives handling crisis situations, newscasters who go on-air with little or no time for preparation, and photojournalists working in dangerous environments," said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast. "And as traditional forms of communication transition to digital, those who want to remain employed need to embrace new technologies or find a new career."

Number crunchers at CareerCast analyzed key characteristics of 200 professions including their work environment, risks and job competitiveness to find the most and least stressful positions overall.

While the media proved to have several of the most stressful jobs on the list, the top spot went to commercial pilots, who must endure the difficult combination of having to work long, irregular hours and the pressure of keeping passengers safe while ensuring that flights run on time.

The Most Stressful Jobs:

1. Commercial Airline Pilot

2. Public Relations Executive

3. Corporate Executive, Senior

4. Photojournalist

5. Newscaster

6. Advertising Account Executive

7. Architect

8. Stockbroker

9. Emergency Medical Technician

10. Real Estate Agent

On the other hand, the majority of the least stressful jobs were found in the health care industry, as positions like dental hygienist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist and chiropractor all ranked among the top 10. What’s more, the top spot on the list went to audiologists, who treat hearing problems, since this profession requires few physical demands, according to Careercast at least.

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