NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Jobs that require you to face unpredictable conditions, immediate dangers and high-stakes situations, rank among the most stressful of 2014, according to CareerCast.com, which compiled a list of the 10 most stressful jobs of 2014.
Whether you're a police officer, a pilot or a reporter, certain jobs can really stress you out. Here are the 10 careers that are said to be the most stressful...
1. Enlisted Military Personnel
In the military, danger is a fact of life.
The most dangerous military jobs are special ops, combat medics, infantry, supply truck drivers, and rescue swimmers, according to US Military.com.
2. Military General
A general is at risk of personal harm, but also is responsible for putting many others in danger, which could stress anyone out.
General Carter Ham, who once commanded all U.S. soldiers in Europe, spoke candidly with USA Today about the stress that comes with being a general who survived combat.
"It's not abnormal to have difficulty sleeping. It's not abnormal to be jumpy at loud sounds. It's not abnormal to find yourself with mood swings at seemingly trivial matters," Ham said.
Firefighters literally put themselves in the line of fire.
As an emergency professional, your work is inherently pressure-packed, the Houston Chronicle said, adding that not only do they have to deal with the stress of putting out fires or helping in emergencies, firefighters in busier communities witness property destruction, death and injury.
4. Airline Pilot
Flying can be stressful, all the security check points, the scheduling, etc. Now imagine flying the actual plane. So many people's lives in your hands. So many variables out of your control.
John Gadzinski, a captain for a major airline and an aviation consultant with The Spectrum Group, told the Guardian the stresses on pilots were now enormous. "All the pilots I talk to would never recommend this as a career to their children," he said adding, "Twenty years ago they joined an industry that promised them a good future, now it's a nightmare."
5. Event Coordinator
So let's leave danger to the side for a second. Event coordinators live by Murphy's law, meaning something always goes wrong--stressful when your job is to make everything go right.
"My colleague was throwing a circus-themed event, and one hour before the event started, Peanut the elephant died in the ballroom," Anne Giapapas, a special events coordinator in San Luis Obispo, CA told CNN, adding, "without time to move the elephant, they threw a tarp over Peanut and made it look like a circus tent. No one even knew what was underneath during the event."
Imagine that. Not to mention juggling vendors, collecting payments, herding cats/guests and taking on "bridezillas."
6. Public Relations Executive
The PR executive is the "catcher in the rye," keeping relationships from falling over the edge.
Mitchell Communications Group CEO Elise Mitchell noted that PR professionals can handle stress better than most, because they are more comfortable existing in a constant state of ambiguity and flux.
"Being prepared for anything is one of the PR pro's greatest gifts and certainly something that is critical for success in today's evolving business environment. When others feel a need for clarity, we're comfortable with uncertainty and can offer counsel, help them think through various options and simply provide clear-headedness and calm in the midst of chaos," she said.
Chaos sounds stressful.
7. Corporate Executive
Corporate executives are responsible for their firms and all of the people working for them.
Steve Tappin wrote a book called The Secrets of CEOs in which he interviewed 150 global chief executives about business, leadership and the harsh realities of their job.
"Probably two thirds of CEOs are struggling," Tappin told CNN, adding, "The major emotions a CEO has are frustration, disappointment, irritation and overwhelmed."
Reporters face deadlines, public scrutiny and certain uncertainty in a contracting industry.
Even strong national newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are struggling to meet Wall Street's demands for growth, New York Times writer David Carr wrote in August, adding, "As it turns out, the journalism moment we are living in is more about running for your life than it is about optimism."
CareerCast publisher Tony Lee, who spent 23 years as an editor and writer on careers for publications associated with the Journal, told TheStreet.com in a phone conversation that the outlook for reporters "is not good" and that there are plenty of other jobs out there like physical therapists that are in great demand and probably pay double what a reporter can make today.
9. Police Officer
We introduce the element of danger again as an officer of the law, but also, just being a constant symbol of authority and correctness must be tiring and stressful.
Additionally, law enforcement officers commonly work extended hours in ever-changing environments that can cause great mental and physical stress, according the National Institute of Justice.
10. Taxi Driver
The life of a taxi driver is non-stop. It requires a great deal sustained focus which can contribute to stress.
Taxi drivers have a repetitive and monotonous job requiring a high degree of concentration with little latitude for decision-making and weak social support, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, adding that long shifts create a high risk of fatigue and sleep problems.
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