12 Seriously Stressful Jobs

Some days, you probably feel like screaming at your job. Everyone experiences job stress to a certain degree. There is no escaping the realities of the daily grind. However, there are some jobs that are more prone to stressful situations than others. Here are 12 of the most stressful jobs:

1. Combat Soldier

People shooting at you, hard physical conditions and living away from friends and family make being a combat soldier a difficult and stressful job. It’s no wonder that MSNBC reports that one in eight soldiers returning from Iraq have the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

2. Air Traffic Controller

The Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that the mental stress involved in being an air traffic controller can be very tiring. Indeed, there are hours of sitting in one place (in semi-darkness for radar controllers), which can be difficult, as well as the stress related to knowing that you are responsible for the safety of thousands of people. Concentrating that intensely for long periods of time can also be taxing.

3. Firefighter

When you are a firefighter, you are required to work long hours, some of them irregular and unusual, reports CareerCast.com. The Web site ranked firefighter as the most stressful job for 2010, due to the physical demands, risk of injury and mental stress involved.

4. Coal Miner

The demands of going into a dark place to do hard physical labor help make coal mining a stressful job. Add to that the risk of injury, as seen by recent cave-ins at coal mines. Long-term effects can put stress on your health as well. No wonder ShareRanks puts the job of coal miner close to the top on its list of stressful jobs.

5. Teacher

Many people underestimate the amount of stress teachers have to put up with. However, CareerBuilder.com points out that teachers in elementary, middle and high schools have to put up with a great deal. From dealing with unruly students to creating hundreds of lesson plans to dealing with disgruntled parents, teachers can become worn down due to stress.

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