The most and least stressful jobs in 2016

Every job has inherent stresses attached – it’s a part of being an adult in the working world – but some jobs are way more stressful than others.

According to jobs network, CareerCast, the amount of stress a worker experiences can be predicted by looking at the demands and crises inherent in their job.

Analysing over 200 jobs, the group has developed a stress-ranking system which considers 11 different job demands which can evoke stress.

These factors are:

  • 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

Each demand is assigned a range of points. A high score is awarded if a particular demand is a major part of the job, while fewer points are awarded if the demand is a small part of the job.

“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,” the group said.

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

Other jobs, such as PR managers and corporate executives, face stresses that are less apparent – such as meeting deadlines or other demands involved with the position.

Taking these factors into account, these are the 10 most stressful jobs in the world:

Putting your life on the line every day makes fire fighting one of the most stressful jobs in the world


Most Stressful jobs

# Job Stress score
1 Enlisted military personnel 84.78
2 Firefighter 60.59
3 Airline Pilot 60.46
4 Police Officer 53.82
5 Event Coordinator 49.93
6 Public Relations Executive 48.46
7 Senior Corporate Executive 47.46
8 Broadcaster 47.30
9 Newspaper Reporter 46.76
10 Taxi Driver 46.33

These are the jobs that scored lowest in the ranking:

Tenured university professors have one of the least stressful jobs, according to the study

Least Stressful jobs

# Job Stress score
1 Information Security Analyst 3.80
2 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 4.00
3 Tenured University Professor 6.94
4 Hair Stylist 7.47
5 Medical Records Technician 7.55
6 Medical Laboratory Technician 8.89
7 Jeweler 9.10
8 Audiologist 9.30
9 Dietitian 10.23
10 Librarian 10.58

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The most and least stressful jobs in 2016