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The Most Stressful Jobs of 2016


Every one of us endures stress of some kind in our workplace, and at varying times. A quality defining many of the most stressful jobs of 2016 is that stress is virtually omnipresent, and the spikes in periods of high stress are unpredictable.

Stress, as defined by the Jobs Rated methodology, is determined by 11 factors: travel, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, the life of oneself or others at risk, meeting and interacting with customers and/or the public, and the potential for job growth.

Thus, jobs can be remarkably stressful, albeit for remarkably different reasons. The stress inherent with working as a police officer or firefighter, for example, is readily apparent.

Firefighters and police officers face life-threatening situations routinely as a fundamental part of their jobs.

The Officer Down Memorial Page tracks on-the-job fatalities in the American police force with the goal of honoring those lost in the line of duty. ODMP reports 119 officer deaths in 2015, as of Dec. 18.

The U.S. Fire Administration reports 80 fatalities in the line of duty in 2015. Personal danger is just one of the stress factors faced in these careers. Police officers and firefighters, as well as enlisted military personnel, are entrusted with the safety and well-being of others – another key element weighed in the Jobs Rated report.

The kind of stress some of the other careers ranked among the Jobs Rated report’s most stressful of 2016 differs vastly. For example, a public relations agent’s stress comes from tight deadlines, oftentimes out of the agent’s control, and meeting in the public under sometimes inhospitable circumstances.

“Since news happens 24/7, I've been woken in the middle of the night [and] had to get a pitch out on weekends, holidays,” says Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based PR agent Bruce Serbin.

And sometimes, the message presented is met with hostility. “Sometimes, you are berated for disturbing the reporter or offering them a story they aren’t interested in,” says Lauren Littlefield, president of Field Public Relations in Indianapolis. “It takes a thick skin to put the phone down and try again.”

Client demands can contribute to workplace stress no matter the field, and both public relations agents and event coordinators face some considerable demands from their clientele.

In less-than-ideal scenarios, PR agents are the public face when a client needs damage control. However, even in less dire straits, balancing client demands with public response is a source of stress.

“A big challenge in PR — and this doesn't happen in every case — is getting a client to understand the story from the audience's point of view,” Philadelphia-based PR agent Alexandra Golaszewska told in an email. “Sometimes, people are so close to their businesses that they have a hard time seeing what's compelling, or not so compelling, to those who aren't connected to the company.”

Reconciling a client’s vision with a successful end-result is one of the stressful elements of working in event coordination. Bringing together ideas and turning them into a functioning, large-scale event takes an unflappable professional.

“Event planners deal in emotion, so you have to be the calming force in the room,” says San Diego-based event coordinator Nicole Matthews.

Some people have the personality to handle stress gracefully. Likewise, some are cut out for working in the public eye almost exclusively, though most aren’t. Hence the prevalence of glossophobia, or fear of public speaking, which afflicts an estimated 75% of Americans.

For three-quarters of the population, a broadcaster’s line of work would be terrifying. But, just like the other jobs ranked our most stressful of 2016, to those in the field, it’s rewarding.

“PR is a highly satisfying career,” Littlefield says. “No day is like another. It’s fast paced, exciting and very rewarding to those who do it well.”

The following are the 10 most stressful jobs of 2016, according to the Jobs Rated report. Growth outlook and salary information is per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates, released Dec. 2015. Outlook projections span from 2014 to 2024.


Most Stressful Jobs of 2016: 1. Enlisted Military Personnel

Jobs Rated Stress Score: 84.78
Annual Median Salary: $27,936
Growth Outlook: N/A

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Electrical Linemen

This job is extreme stressful. Check it out.

Wharton 111 speaking about wood to papers

Good interview on a great station - Yet your corilation between lumberjacks and news papers is based ona myth - The pulp required to make news print or any paper is derived from the waste stream from saw mills and unmerchatable timber -- sort of like making apple juice from the culls (see the origins of sunrype in kelowna bc - Canada) Point is making leaps to a conclusion based on myth is doinga disservice - Thanks   

Critical research failure

"police officers face life-threatening situations routinely as a fundamental part of their jobs"Seriously? Police patrolling is as dangerous as freaking MAINTENANCE WORK. It's not even in the top 10 most dangerous jobs (that honor goes to logging workers, with about 10 times the casualties per number of workers).Do some research before writing an "article".


Where is the nursing place???!!!!!!who has written such as nonsense article???!!!what  has been criteria for measuring stress??nursing  is one of the most stressful  job in the world. .maybe one to five 

Lol yeah ok 

Lol yeah ok 


I think being a fulltime pastor could be one of the most stressful carreers in the fact you deal with people in walks of life.  deal with death almost on a weekly basis, deal with marriages, teen problems, the church problems, financial and spiritual.  You are on call 24/7's...hospitals weddings and funeral..sometimes in the same day.  Then you ahve your family and all that comes with being a father and husband.  counseling regularly, calls about suicide, vacations are slim to none.

I'm a Pastor and I agree!

I'm a Pastor and I agree!

The most stressful job will

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.


try being a radar air traffic controller for the military 


Look at all the pity parties being thrown. 

Event Manager Stress

I believe managing the event manager is even more stressful. TRUST ME, I KNOW!!


Nursing is such a stressful job---seriously! Life and death daily. The comment by Joy is so ridiculous---ignorant, really. Has she never been in a hospital setting? Glad for her if not---someday, unfortunately, she will understand. 

Correctional officer.....try

Correctional officer.....try spending upwards of 16 hours a day, alone with 100+ convicted felons with only a radio and pepper spray.

Correctional officer

i started my career with the Federal Correctional Institute back in 1991. I was told it's a highly stressful job. I asked myself. Where is that stress? It creeps in you slowly. You will not know you have stress till your marriage all screwed-up, hate going to work, etc. when I left the Buresu for another job within the Federal government that's when I realize how stressful I was. I was a CO for 4.5 years but it was a big tone of weight was off my shoulder. 

And atc?

I can not imagine a list of the most stressful jobs without the air traffic controllers, you have missed something by the way. And I am with nurses also, at least in europe than they have much more responsabiities (as compared with those in ER or similar series)

Sonographer....NOT STRESSFUL?!?!?!

I would love to hear how you personally know that being a Sonographer is easy?! First of all it is unbelievably hard to even make it into an accredited program. We have to know more about the inside of the body and how the body works than most of any other healthcare worker. Secondly, we are the only diagnostic imaging where we are actually diagnosing the patient. We find what's going on inside your body and then we inform the radiologist of what you have. It may seem like we are just rubbing gel on your body and taking mindless images but what you don't know is that we are the first ones to know that you have breast cancer or any cancer like ovarian, testicular, mets, endometrial and that you may only have a few months to be with your family. How about that your beautiful baby no longer has a heartbeat or has a anomaly that is not compatible with life. Or how about when we assist with invasive procedures like thoracentesis; where WE remove fluid from around your lung and watch to make sure your lung doesn't collapse. Think about this... if I miss something and don't inform the radiologist then you don't have it or I can easily make absolutely nothing look like cancer. I decide what you have. Now tell me how this makes for a not stressful job?!


How is nursing stressful?Doctors are the ones that make the big decisions.And why they have a doctor's stethoscope on??

WOW.... I'm shocked even in

WOW.... I'm shocked even in words to express the ignorance of someone's mind that has obviously hit their capacity of understanding life itself. Nursing and ALL medical staff is the hardest career ever. You're assisting CARDIOLOGIST///SURGEONS///NEUROLOGIST etc... You think they take care of their phone calls? Their paper work? Call in the prescriptions? Set up the surgeries? Triage? Order the blood work? Monitor your surgeries? medications? etc NO IT'S US the nurses, the medical assistants the over all medical staff running around assisting our doctors getting things done for THEM.


I cannot believe that Joy made the very same stupid observation about "A DOCTOR'S STETHOSCOPE" as did a brainless member of T. V.'s "THE VIEW." Stethoscopes are used by both doctors and nurses in order to assess patients' vital organs such as the heart, lungs, stomach, intestines, etc..  I am a nurse, and doctors are great most of the time, but doctors cannot be on the job assessing patients around the clock.  It is up to the nurses to monitor patients.  It is the nurse's assessments and interventions that can often make a big difference in a patient's recovery.  Nurses save lives every day.  So do doctors.  Joy, I do NOT wish you and anyone that you love ill health, but I do hope that someday soon you will be able to see for yourself what a demanding and wonderful job nurses have.  OH, and STOP watching OLD "GENERAL-HOSPITAL" RERUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   

Stop watching T. V.

You are absolutely postively correct. I am a nurae also. Who do you think is at the patient's beside while the physician is aslepp at home. You need educated yourself. Read a book research and stop watching T.V. 

Wow what an IGNORANT comment!

Wow what an IGNORANT comment! I am a nurse's aide in a care home. Ask me how often we or the patients see a doctor. Maybe a couple times a month IF WE ARE LUCKY! All the responsibility falls on the nurses. It is top 5 most stressful jobs. 



WOW !!!

I can NOT believe that Nursing is not on this list !!Life and death decisions DAILY !!! 

the top 2 most stressfull jobs infact are -->

#1 - Disarming live NUCLEAR WEAPONS ..... tic, toc ,tic , toc...#2 - Financial Market Trader - Also watch out for that 'fat finger syndrome'as for 3 i dont know.  My job is #2.  :o)Have a nice relaxing day to all of you :o)Robby ONTI

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