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13 April 2024

Revealed: 10 most stressful jobs of 2016

By Shuchita Kapur

Stress at work is a global problem for professionals, including the UAE and the Middle East.

Some employees are faced with it more often than others, putting them on the most stressful jobs list.

New data by jobs website CareerCast.com has the job of military personnel as the most stressful.

This is followed by firefighters, airline pilots and police officers.

These category of workers can face life-threatening situations routinely as a fundamental part of their jobs, making their jobs one of the most stressful.

Stress, as defined by the website 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.”
Another stressful job, which does not include any life threatening situations, but takes a toll on employees is public relations.

“The kind of stress some of the other careers ranked for 2016 differs vastly. For example, a public relations agent’s stress comes from tight deadlines, often times out of the agent’s control, and meeting in the public under sometimes inhospitable circumstances.”

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, the report adds.

Event planners are also on the list because they have to deal with emotion and have to be a calming force, making sure that an event/conference goes on without any glitches.

A broadcaster’s job can also be very stressful but can be rewarding, highly satisfying and very rewarding like the ones listed above.

Most stressful jobs of 2016

1.       Enlisted Military Personnel

2.       Firefighter

3.       Airline Pilot

4.       Police Officer

5.       Event Coordinator

6.       Public Relations Executive

7.       Corporate Executive (Senior)

8.       Broadcaster

9.       Newspaper Reporter

10.     Taxi Driver