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This Year’s Most Stressful Jobs & What They Pay


Think your job is stressful?  You aren’t alone.  According to a recent work-stress survey, 73 percent of workers… are stressed out by at least one thing at work

CareerCast has released its list of the Most and Least Stressful Jobs for 2013.

CareerCast used 11 factors, including physical danger, having your life at risk, having responsibility for other people’s lives or livelihoods at risk and how much you work in the public eye or have someone breathing down your neck. Other factors included the unemployment rate and job growth in a particular career, all things that could add stress.

Here are the most stressful jobs for 2013:

1. Enlisted Military Personnel–Median Salary: $45,528–This should come as no surprise that enlisted military personnel is the No. 1 most stressful job. These are the people on the front lines. Whether they’re in a battle environment or helping out after Hurricane Sandy, military personnel are always at risk. There’s the physical risk and physical stress, plus long hours and being away from home.

2. Military General–Median Salary: $196,300–Military generals have all the stresses of their men and women on the ground and in harm’s way, but they have the added stress of having other people’s lives in their hands as well. When you send troops into battle, you have to live with it if it costs lives. Nothing else that can measure up to that.

3. Firefighter–Median Salary: $42,250–There’s no question that running into a burning building is stressful, and still, these men and women do it.

4. Commercial Airline Pilot–Median Salary: $92,060–First, you have the usual stresses like bad weather, delays and long stretches away from home. But on top of that, you’re responsible for the lives of everyone on that plane!

5. PR Executive–Median Salary: $57,550–A lot of people might not think of PR as a stressful job but it’s very stressful. Their job is completely in the public eye, trying to manage awareness and branding for products and services. It doesn’t matter if you’re in charge of toothpaste or a small nonprofit, you’re still under stress to make sure the word gets out in a positive way. And the minute something bad happens, you’re the first one they call! Not to mention, it’s a thankless job.

Here’s the complete list of stressful jobs.



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