The Most Stressful Jobs of 2018 (Article)

The Most Stressful Jobs of 2018 (Article)

Each and every person in the American labor force feels stress. And, according to the American Psychological Association's 2017 report, how much stress we feel has climbed for the first time in a decade.

Career and money-related issues, both of which tie into work, are two of the leading and most consistent year-to-year causes of stress. Stress is unavoidable in the workplace. However, how much we feel can vary depending on the field.

Likewise, the nature of what causes stress can vary dramatically from job to job.

The Jobs Rated report evaluates stress through 11 core factors:

  • Travel
  • Career Growth Potential
  • Physical Demands
  • Environmental Conditions
  • Hazards Encountered
  • Meeting the Public
  • Competition
  • Risk of Death or Grievous Injury
  • Immediate Risk of Another's Life
  • Deadlines
  • Working in the Public Eye
The most stressful jobs of 2018 differ in nature. Some of the factors contributing to high stress are obvious for certain careers. Firefighters, for example, face dangerous conditions both for themselves, and for the public that relies on them.

Firefighters, Police Officers, Enlisted Military Personnel and Airline Pilots - the four most stressful jobs of 2018 - are all careers in which people face common fears every single day. While the nature of fears and stressors for some of the other jobs making the 10 most stressful are different, they are common fears just the same.

Reporter, Broadcaster and Public Relations Executive are jobs with high public visibility. Nearly three-quarters of the American population is estimated to suffer from public speaking anxiety, so with that in mind, one could understand how these careers are high stress.

Add strict and regular deadlines - a pressing concern for those who work as Event Coordinators, as well as Broadcasters, Reporters, Public Relations Executives and Senior Corporate Executives - and the causes of stress are evident.

The following are the 10 most stressful jobs of 2018, based on Jobs Rated report criteria. Wages and hiring outlook are via the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Growth outlook forecasts estimates to 2026.