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Do You Have One of the Most High Stress Jobs in America?

Enlisted Military Personnel, Firefighters, Airline Pilots and Police Officers are the four most stressful jobs of 2018!

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Hair Stylist, Audiologist and University Professor are the three lowest stress jobs of 2018!

The truth is, no job is ever going to be free from stress. Some days, it feels like just getting up and out the door for work is stressful. Am I right?

So when looking at what makes a job stressful, CareerCast identified these factors:   Being in the public eye, facing imminent risk of bodily harm to oneself or one's patient, and dealing with high travel or workplace hazards. Working for a jerk of a boss was not one of the factors but it is one that I would attribute to a stressful job.

If you're considering pursuing a less stressful job, you might want to think about the job's growth outlook. While Jeweler (#7) is a low-stress profession, it has a negative growth outlook of 3%. On the other hand, Operations Research Analyst, which comes in as the 9th least stressful job, has a 27% growth outlook, according to CareerCast.com. 

Another consideration:  "For those who thrive on stress, one of our most stressful professions may be a good fit for you," says Kyle Kensing, Online Content Editor, CareerCast.com.

Check out the full list of CareerCast's Most and Least Stressful Jobs

Below are the top 10 lists and their growth outlook:

CareerCast's Least Stressful Jobs of 2018

Profession

Annual Median Salary

Growth Outlook

Stress Score

1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

$64,280

17%

5.11

2. Hair Stylist

$24,300

10%

6.61

3. Audiologist

$75,980

20%

7.22

4. University Professor

$75,430

15%

8.16

5. Medical Records Technician

$38,040

13%

8.54

6. Compliance Officer

$66,540

5%

8.78

7. Jeweler

$38,200

-3%

9.05

8. Pharmacy Technician

$30,920

12%

9.14

9. Operations Research Analyst

$79,200

27%

9.17

10. Medical Laboratory Technician

$50,930

12%

10.00

CareerCast's Most Stressful Jobs of 2018

Profession

Annual Median Salary

Growth Outlook

Stress Score

1. Enlisted Military Personnel (E3, 6+ years of experience)

$26,054

N/A

72.47

2. Firefighter

$48,030

7%

72.43

3. Airline Pilot

$105,270

4%

61.07

4. Police Officer

$61,600

7%

51.97

5. Event Coordinator

$47,350

10%

51.15

6. Reporter

$37,820

-11%

49.90

7. Broadcaster

$56,680

-1%

49.83

8. Public Relations Executive

$107,320

10%

49.44

9. Senior Corporate Executive

$181,210

8%

48.71

10. Taxi Driver

$24,300

5%

48.11

 

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