Tellingly, the most stressful jobs (as well as the lowest-paying) are in the service of the public
As a sequel to our story on the least stressful jobs of 2015
, we present, with heightened anxiety, the most stressful jobs of 2015 as ranked by CareerCast.
Of course every job carries with it some kind of stress, not the least of which is concern about keeping it. A recent Spectrem Group demographic study of non-Millionaires with a net worth of at least $100,000 found that nearly four-in-ten are concerned about either themself or their spouse losing their job. Of these, concerned is heightened among respondents ages 45-54. Half in this age group (53 percent) are concerned about job loss,
Beyond this, CareerCast considered 11 potentially stressful job demands in ranking the most stressful jobs of 2015. They include:
· Growth Potential
· Working in the public eye
· Physical demands
· Environmental conditions
· Hazards encountered
· Own life at risk
· Life of another at risk
· Meeting the public
Tellingly, the most stressful jobs are in the service of the public. At No. 1 is Firefighter (up from No. 3 last year). The stresses connected to this job (with a median annual salary of $45,600) are obvious, ranging from the ever-changing conditions to the variety of emergencies firefighters face, including natural disasters and medical emergencies.
At Nos. 2 and 3 are Enlisted Military Personnel ($28,840) and Military General. ($196,300)
Landing at No. 4 is Airplane Pilot ($98,410), while Police Officer ($56,980), much beleaguered of late, rounds out the top five.
Several of the top 10 most stressful jobs of 2015 involve being in the public eye. At No. 6 on the list is Actor ($46,070), whose challenges range from just landing a gig to learning lines and performing, and hoping the critics are kind and the show or movie will be a hit.
Broadcaster ($60,070) is ranked 7th on the list of stressful jobs, followed by Event Coordinator ($45,810).
Journalism-related jobs round out the top 10 with Photojournalist ($42,530) and Newspaper Reporter ($37,090). The latter, besides facing daily deadlines and assignments that may require putting oneself in harm’s way, must contend with the financial challenges facing the industry resulting in buyouts and layoffs, and in the most extreme cases, the newspapers themselves folding.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.