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The Most Stressful Jobs of 2015

By CareerCast.com

The most stressful jobs of 2015 can be physically dangerous, psychologically taxing—and a great match for those with the passion and drive necessary to succeed in such an environment.

David Barckhoff of Pittsburgh fits the bill. Barkchoff says he became interested in a career as a firefighter, the most stressful job of 2015, at age eight or nine.

“I was interested in the excitement. I remember seeing the truck go down the road with the lights on,” he says. “The idea of rescuing people…and the camaraderie" with other firefighters appealed to him then and now. For some, the job’s challenges might be a deterrent. But not for Barckhoff, who was already used to working in a stressful occupation.

Barckhoff transitioned into firefighting from a stint in the second-most stressful job of 2015, as an enlisted military specialist in the United States Navy. He says the two paths share similarities.

“The fire academy is almost like going through boot camp,” he says. “They take you from the beginning stages, then through all the hazards you could possibly face, with experts teaching from their real-world experience.”

Learning from the experience of others is invaluable in any career, but in the most stressful jobs of 2015, it’s critical. The conditions faced in such stressful jobs as firefighter, enlisted military personnel and police officer constantly change. The most important lesson from the experience, Barckhoff says, is to avoid complacency.

“When you get complacent … that’s when something is going to kill you,” he says. The same mindset is necessary for airline pilots, the fourth-most stressful job of 2015. For the millions of Americans who entrust their safety to them every year, airline pilots must be able to adapt to changing conditions when in flight without losing their cool.

Of course, not all of the most stressful jobs of 2015 find workers responsible for public safety, but they are entrusted with seeing that the expectations of large groups are met without problem.

Event coordinator is one such career. The tight deadlines, the high expectations of clients and the keen attention to detail needed to succeed as an event coordinator land it on the list.

And with experience in the No. 1 and No. 2 most stressful jobs, Barckhoff has an interesting frame of reference for other jobs’ stress. After 25 years in firefighting, he added another career path that was not nearly as death-defying, but still among the most stressful: He became an actor.

Barckhoff has worked in different phases of television and movies, including stunts and writing. He says his military and firefighting experience helps him add believability to fiction.

“It’s still stressful,” he says. “You have deadlines and work long hours,” and you never know where or when the next job will emerge.

Yes, stress can come from a variety of factors. You need not necessarily put your own life at risk to be in a stressful work environment. Tight deadlines, like those faced on a daily basis by photojournalists, newspaper reporters and broadcasters, contribute to high stress. So, too, does working under the constant scrutiny of the public eye. It takes a thick skin and keen attention detail to thrive in these work environments.

The following are the 10 most stressful jobs of 2015, according to the 2015 Jobs Rated report.

Most Stressful Jobs of 2015: 1. Firefighter

Jobs Rated Stress Score: 71.59
Median Annual Salary: $45,600
Projected Growth by 2022: 7%

Firefighters face dangerous situations in ever-changing conditions, and their work is not limited to battling blazes. Firefighters also assist with medical emergencies and natural disasters.


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most stressful jobs

The most stressful job will be a Radar Air Traffic Controller working in a terminal facility such as the New York TRACON where they control all traffic into and out of the 3 major and all airports within their area of jurisdiction. The medical field including the ICU does not come close. I know, I've worked as a controller in the 6th busy-est radar facility in the US & assisted in surgery as a PA for 20 years.

Most stressful job is

Most stressful job is military job .Specially the job of adjutant in the battalion. 

Medical jobs

Paramedic? ER doctor? Nurse?

IT Jobs

I also fault your "methodology" in that there are no Information Technology jobs listed in the most stressful category.  I'm sorry but you are off-point ! 

Exactly. I.T. is way too

Exactly. I.T. is way too stressful.

Not that bad

Everybody should quit complaining about how stressful their job is. If you have a job, you're doing better than a lot of people out there already. Sure, it could be stressful. Believe me, I know. If you wake up every morning and dread going to work because of the stress or any other reason, you're not in the right job. Just enjoy it. Look at the bright side of everything you do. 

Nursing?

As a long term care nurse, I have, on average, 30-60 patients per shift, 12 hour shifts, and rarely work fewer than 4-5 shifts a week. We're getting cut back even more because Medicare and Medicaid are being cut back, our regulations just to give OTC meds requires mountains of paperwork, and not only am I in charge of keeping them alive, but also dignified through their multiple complicated chronic diseases (I dare you to try to check the blood sugar and give a few units of insulin to a highly combative person who is about twice your size suffering from diabetes and moderate dementia three times a day). Not to mention, if you make one teeny mistake, such as accidentally forgetting to initial the microscopic box of the one medication of one of your sixty patients, you get reprimanded for "neglect". 

You're right, your job is

You're right, your job is much more stressful than an enlisted serviceman/women. Props to you, you put your life on the line for your country.

No, but this person is

No, but this person is spending their life try to help save others. I don't believe they were trying to "one-up" any of the professions listed, just saying that the job of a nurse is extremely stressful. Maybe if you had a dying relative that requires 24 hour nursing care you may have a clue instead of making ignorant comment.

Child Protective Investigator

Hands Down! Try it for a day or 2!

Growing up in the '70s, our

Growing up in the '70s, our family was close with several others where the father was a fireman. One of them drove the fire truck. He and several others had heart attacks at a young age, like early 40's, and one died at home after suffering a massive CA.   Back then, nobody did cardio for an hour every morning or ran 5 miles in the evening to take care of their hearts and reduce stress. So I would agree, while fire fighters spend a lot of time hanging around the firehouse doing normal stuff like cooking and cleaning, they've got to be on pins and needles waiting for that alarm to sound any second of the day or night.

If I got married, I would

If I got married, I would marry a firefighter.  They cook, clean, mow the lawn, grocery shop, get red box movies, etc. who wouldn't love them?

Growing up in the '70s, our

Growing up in the '70s, our family was close with several others where the father was a fireman. One of them drove the fire truck. He and several others had heart attacks at a young age, like early 40's, and one died at home after suffering a massive CA.   Back then, nobody did cardio for an hour every morning or ran 5 miles in the evening to take care of their hearts and reduce stress. So I would agree, while fire fighters spend a lot of time hanging around the firehouse doing normal stuff like cooking and cleaning, they've got to be on pins and needles waiting for that alarm to sound any second of the day or night. Syed from Dental Assistant Healthcare Schools

No question fire fighters

No question fire fighters have the most stressful jobs. In addition to the obvious work that we do, we're forced to live away from home to do our jobs with people we may not like very much. Then having to save lives and property at a moment's notice, often in hazardous conditions - it's doesn't get any more stressful than that!

I work in a foundry that

I work in a foundry that makes plane engine parts. That has to top every category that could make a job stressful.

Correctional Officer

As a Correctional Officer Please come and stand on a Rec yard with me, 600 convicted felons when there are only three officers on the yard.

YOU, me and the other two Officers would make the odd's 150 to 1 (and what are you going to do when the crap hits the fan).

Come with me and walk a dorm with 110 convicted felons with attitudes and its only YOU and me (and what are you going to do when the crap hits the fan). I could go on and on but . . . out of sight out of mind.

Please don't forget us. Oh and by the way weapons are not allowed on the compound. Let's take the walk, I'll bring you some toilet paper.

ATC

I wonder where are the Air Traffic Controllers, who are responsible for an average of 30.000 people's live in a single shift - and that's only the ones in the air...

What about EMS

Not all EMS are fire fighters. Here in KCMO at KCFD we stay in the houses but we run call non stop as EMTs and Paramedics. The job is equally dangerous and often times more dangerous. The responsibility level is often greater than that of a fire fighter. Aside from working fires EMS handle the majority of calls. Including motor vehicle accidents,  assaults(be it shootings, stabbings, or blunt trauma), ect. Is unfortunate that EMS workers have been left out. 

You have to be kidding

Try nursing at a level 1 trauma center ER, ICU , or Step Down Unit.   DRs are overloadedand can't respond, patients are too sick, and staffing is shorted to keep profits up. Can you say PTSD when you wakeup in a cold sweat after a 12-hour shift?

Coping with stress

I find that taking my allotted holidays help.  People worry about taking time off because you are deemed to be lazy but ask yourself , does your bosses boss take holidays? Also you can get many discrete phone apps that you can use to count down to your holiday. I use  TimecalcTimer for iPhone but there are others 

My Job

I've been retired for 20+ years. When I worked, my job was elevator mechanic. I worked in installation, trouble shooting, maintenance, etc. Great job, but sometimes very stressful and ocasionally dangerous. 

Nursing, especially

Nursing, especially critically care RN have tremedous, ongoing chronic stress.  The methodology is poor, in my opinion.  True, firefighters have exceedingly high stress(acute stress) if they are in a burning building, the actural time this occurs is vey infrequent.  ICU/CCU nurses have life and death matters, every day; and, the business of health care today (inadequent staffing levels, desire to maximize profits) makes the burn out rate much higher than firefighters, police, etc.  I fault your methodology, not to list critical care/hospital nursing, as a top 'stress' profession.  

The most STRESSFUL JO IN THE WORLD

A BENEFIT SPECIALIST WORKER AT ANY DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVICES, (OFTEN CALLED A FOODSTAMP WORKER)-A WORKER HAS NO RIGHTS AND THE CLIENTS HAVE THEM ALL, EVEN WHEN FRAUD IS FOUND. 

Firefighters

In my mind i would have to say a soldiers job in combat would be more stressful than any other with being in a foreign land where nobody wants you in the first place, not speaking the language and if thats not enough having to deal with being shot at or ied's just to name a few. Having been a firefighter myself in a small bedroom community fire dept, although stressful at times, the most stress we had was trying to figure out what we were gonna eat for lunch and super. I guess this article must be refering to the big city high rise firefighters or maybe smoke jumpers.

Confused

I understand actors work very hard, however I do not understand how their job is more stressful than mine as an ER nurse. Saving entertainment vs savong lives...you do the math.

What about soldiers?

I see that last year, soldiers were ranked most stressful, and now they're ranked second behind firemen. How can that be? They're on the front lines defending our country. No knock on firemen, but it's no comparison in my mind.

Bunch of winners here

I love the my job is tougher than your job. Number one stress job doesn't win a trophy. If you all want to be stressed out beat up and away from your family and be paid and low hourly wage tob oot. Quit your jobs and be a firefighter, heck I'll switch with you.  Grow up, most jobs are sucky. Everyone is under paid and over worked and we alll think were doing all the work. It's just this year firefighters are in the spotlight. Maybe next year it will be dispatchers or teachers. Haven't really heard of a bunch of teachers or dispatchers being killed recently, but I'm sure stress is measured in diffrent ways.

As far as the 2 firefighters

As far as the 2 firefighters you know, it isn't what you portray it to be. First, firefighters work an average of 52 hours a week and the 12 hours are NOT overtime compared to a 40 hour work week. Our shifts in many departments are 24 hours so we do 3 days in one (compared to standard jobs). For the people who think we sleep at night (I work in a Very large metro city). We don't sleep all night. We get calls in the middle of the night and some are very long calls (fires and technical rescues take the longest). We spend time away from our families and we are exposed to toxic smoke (high cancer rates in firefighters). I've seen Many bad things but love my job and wouldn't trade it for the world. I'm not trying to say our job is above anyone else's and respect what each person does for work. I just want you to know that it isn't always days off and vacation. 

Would love to see CareerCast

Would love to see CareerCast publish how this study was conducted.  This speaks of just terrible science and worse journalism.  Psychologists have the highest rate of suicide due to stress, but not even a mention?  Radio station DJ is more stressful?  REALLY?  And no mention of ER doctors?  Yes, Event Coordinators may have to try to keep a lot of people happy, but what about keeping people ALIVE?  An Event Coordinator makes a mistake he/she may lose some business.  A doctor does it and he/she has lost his career.  No law enforcement making the list either eh?  Well, at least being a University Professor responsible for hundreds of students' possible futures each semester and under pressure to produce on a consistent basis is barely more stressful than cutting hair.  

stressful jobs

I do agree that the military on the front lines is stressful,  however,  I'm responding to the ER doctors.  Yes, it can be stressful to try and save a life in a clean room with all the resources they need, try keeping them alive long enough to get them to the doctor in the pouring rain and mud under alive car with it lighting all around you. People tend to forget if they can't be kept alive long enough to make it to the ER then that doctor is not going to do anything for the pt.

Stressful Jobs

I do agree that the military on the front lines is stressful,  however,  I'm responding to the ER doctors.  Yes, it can be stressful to try and save a life in a clean room with all the resources they need, try keeping them alive long enough to get them to the doctor in the pouring rain and mud under alive car with it lighting all around you. People tend to forget if they can't be kept alive long enough to make it to the ER then that doctor is not going to do anything for the pt.

More than likely that fire

More than likely that fire department works a 48/96 or a Kelly schedule which acually means they work 56 hours a week. And it's not necessarily what we do it's what we may have too do. When you deal with the amount of ugly situations and death like we do we deserve every ounce of pay,benifits ,and retirement we get. Not taking away anything from any other job they are all important but if people don't like what we get then Take the test it's open to everyone. 

Why do actors have stressful

Why do actors have stressful jobs?  They only have to memorize lines.  Try to be a scientist.  That's stressful.  You are expected to produce volumes of work, with long hours, and low pay.  You cannot spend prestige or titles.

and teaching did not make the

and teaching did not make the top 10???  What teachers were ranked? How was travel rated?  Anyone been on a field trip with students of any age?  Looked at a teacher salary schedule? worked with teacher certification renewal rules? Had weekly observations of your classroom? Have to be ranked according to your skill in using technology in front of 30+ students in comparison to other teachers? Had to stoop to listen to a small student, climb desks to decorate class bulletin boards? sprint the entire diameter of a building to cover a class during your prep in the five minute passing period? Worked in a sick (mold-infested) building? Teach all day, hold three hours of parent conferences in the evening, then grade 110+ papers for the next day?  Yes, with the exception of the outbreak of school shootings, teaching is relatively safe, but certainly not stress-free.

I have just recently retired

I have just recently retired from a 30 year career in fir dispatch. Stress yes absolutely, sleep deprived, 14 hour night shifts. Away from your families, sending your brothers/sisters to calls that are sometimes unknown the dangers that they will be confronting. Keeping a calm voice when the caller is screaming at you. This is the callers worse day of their lives when they call 911 fire. Dispatchers are slowly getting recognition for their expertise. Hats off to ALL who have a career in public safety. 

Couldn't agree more. Thank

Couldn't agree more. Thank you for your amazing career and sacrifice!

2 firefighters that live in

2 firefighters that live in my neighborhood are off more than they work.  one works for the city and the other for the county in the same city and both are off at the same times, weekends,  and are also constantly on vacation.  Also homeschool their kids. Not taking anything away from hardworking firefighter locations all over but this leaves a bad taste in your mouth when you know it is a city, county, state, or federal employee

Those firefighters that are

Those firefighters that are off more than they work....do they work 24 hour shifts? Are they at work while you are sound asleep in your bed? Do you realize that while they work less days per month, they actually work more hours than some guy with normal "9-5" hours?

Did you know that those firemen are not guaranteed to get off on time? It is horrible calling home, letting your loved ones know you will be 2 or 3 hours later for whatever is planned because you are trying to extricate a man that is pinned under a vehicle. That is what city, county, and federal employees do.

If your neighbors happen to be in their forties or fifties, then maybe they don't work as much because they are near retirement and have been doing the above for 25+ years.

Try this at home

Try this at home sometime: Have someone set your alarm a couple hours earlier than normal (without any prior knowledge). On your night stand they leave an address to a location within a mile or so of your location. You now have 6 minutes (4 if you are good) to get dressed, get in your car, and drive to said location. Don't worry about lights or sirens.

They are only useful in traffic (should not be a problem at 03:00). When you arrive at said location (if you haven't failed so far, resulting in a call to the professionals) successfully complete an oral or written exam relative to your profession, and complete a job related skill or two.

Once complete you can begin the physical exam. (HINT: You save lots of time by not stopping to use the restroom, stretching, eating, smoking a cig... you will have plenty of time for morning rituals tomorrow!)

Anything from lifting the weight of a human to climbing the stairs to the top of a highrise (don't forget your gear). Upon successful completion of all exams, head back home and fire up the computer as you will need to "document what you did or else you didn't do it". Oh and remember if you fail any portion of this little challenge it could result in the termination of your employment, the death/s of someone's mother, husband, and/or children.

And there's also that "negligence" term they like to use in courts. Have fun and be careful. Challenge your friends and family. Be sure to follow the law and remember Safety First! Fun Facts: Life expectancey of a career Firefighter - 55, Divorce rate > 70%, Majority have a second job, Average yearly income < $46k, Average hourly rate < $15/hr, Average hours per week - 56, Math can be fun: 1 week = 7 days, 1 day = 24 hours, 24 hours x 7 days = 168 hours, Most people work 40 hours/week so... 168 - 40 = 128, 128 > 40, so....

Most people are off more than they work!56 hours - 40 hours = 16 hours x 52 weeks = 832 hours more per year, thats 20.8 extra 40 hour weeks or about 5 months per year extra, so... 40% more hours on average including NIGHTS, WEEKENDS, HOLIDAYS, BIRTHDAYS, ANAVERSARYS, FULL MOONS, BLACK FRIDAYS, GIRL'S NIGHTS, SUPERBOWLS, SCHOOL PLAYS, YOUTH SPORTS, WEDDINGS, CHILD'S BIRTH, PROM, BINGO NIGHTS, BOWLING LEAGUES, AND DURING AMERICAN IDOL.

They have been shot, stabbed, slapped, punched, kicked, cursed at, spit on, and pooped on. Contaminated, infected, inhaled, ingested, burned, bruised, broken, crushed, and cut. Oh and killed.

Despite the various environmental and biological hazards, the mass murders, the school shootings, and the terrorist attacks...... they aren't the ones complaining.They don't seek thanks, or awards, or to be called heros. But less complaining would be great. Thanks,Career Firefighter/EMT

The firefighters I know go to

The firefighters I know go to work for 24 to 48 hours at tome. What’s your work day 8 hours? If you would think about it and do the math most firefighters work 56 to 72 hours a week.

Lol no it isnt

Lifting weights and hanging around for 48 hours waiting for a call isn't very stressful at all. It's actually pretty awesome.

off more?

They may have more "days off than you" but than agian their shift is not 8 hours like yours.  Most likely it is 24-48 hours Straight.   Oh yes they have a bed, but even if they never run a call at night (very unlikely) they do not get a nights rest.

negative comment

s far as the 2 firefighters you know, it isn't what you portray it to be. First, firefighters work an average of 52 hours a week and the 12 hours are NOT overtime compared to a 40 hour work week. Our shifts in many departments are 24 hours so we do 3 days in one (compared to standard jobs). For the people who think we sleep at night (I work in a Very large metro city). We don't sleep all night. We get calls in the middle of the night and some are very long calls (fires and technical rescues take the longest). We spend time away from our families and we are exposed to toxic smoke (high cancer rates in firefighters). I've seen Many bad things but love my job and wouldn't trade it for the world. I'm not trying to say our job is above anyone else's and respect what each person does for work. I just want you to know that it isn't always days off and vacation. 

Are people supposed to be at

Are people supposed to be at work more than they are off work? I was led to believe that a 40 hour work week is a fairly acceptable average out of the 168 total hours available to work in a week. Most firefighters work 48-72 hours per week.

But what you fail to

But what you fail to recognize is that when most people are at home for the Holidays, firefighters are not.  They are forced to miss many of their kids Birthdays, life events and Christmas.  The fire department never closes and many sacrifice a lot to be there for you when you have an emergency.   

Just realize that they are

Just realize that they are working when you are sleeping. They are seeing what you thought was only in movies. And if they live together they are wisely putting together two really crappy incomes to make ends meet. A man with an experience is not at the mercy of a man with an opinion. Sincerely, a 10 year firefighter / paramedic.

More than likely that fire

More than likely that fire department works a 48/96 or a Kelly schedule which acually means they work 56 hours a week. And it's not necessarily what we do it's what we may have too do. When you deal with the amount of ugly situations and death like we do we deserve every ounce of pay,benifits ,and retirement we get. Not taking away anything from any other job they are all important but if people don't like what we get then Take the test it's open to everyone. 

Firefighters work a variety

Firefighters work a variety of shifts all over the country so I can only speak for my City's: they work 24 on, 48 off.

Order-ins not included. 24 hours away from family, 3 times a week. The first day off is spent being exhausted, as they worked 24 hours and had runs all night or even just sporadically...enough to really mess with your health. Catching on yet? You and I work 8 hour shifts. The other 16 is not spent at work. So the "days off" illusion is exactly that. An illusion.

You should talk to your firefighter neighbors and get to know them. Then see if they have a ride along program so you can educate yourself before you make ignorant comments on the internet, most likely from your 9-5 desk.

Walk a shift in their shoes

most likely they work 24 hrs on and 48 hrs off ... So you do see them home a lot ,, But You may want to walk a mile in their shoes .. Go and ride a shift .. Spend the a day training with them... If not .. Then set your alarm clock.. To go off 3 to 4 times get up .. Dressed / go bathroom and out the door to your car in less than 1.5 and then driver to some random address .. Wait 10 to 20 mins and drive back home .. And don't forget to repet that ... A few times ,,,

What an ignorant response.

What an ignorant response. One fire makes up for those days off and then some. Try fighting a fire, getting past the smoke, saving a life, carrying a burnt victim, falling through a rough,..

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