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CareerCast identifies low stress and high-stress professions for 2017

Enlisted Military, Firefighters, Pilots have most stress: Sonographers, Research Analysts, Audiologists are low stress Jobs with promising outlook

If you thrive on stress, working as a Firefighter, Police Officer, Newspaper Reporter, or Broadcaster might be a good fit for you. But if you want a less pressure-filled work atmosphere, you should consider professions such as Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Information Security Analyst, or University Professor, according to CareerCast’s 2017 Job Stress report.

CareerCast analyzed 11 factors in identifying the most and least stressful jobs, including deadlines, hazards, public scrutiny, physical demands, competition, and career growth potential.

On-the-job stress can be caused by a variety of reasons. Taxi Drivers not only drive in traffic and bad weather, but they face increased competition from online transportation companies, including Uber and Lyft.

For professions like Firefighter, Military and Police Officer, stress results from putting their lives at risk and being responsible for the lives of others. In the cases of Newspaper Reporter and Broadcaster, working under tight deadlines, and the fear of lawsuits or layoffs may cause stress. (Broadcasters have a negative job outlook of -9% and the outlook for Newspaper Reporters is -8%.)

“Even though they may be stressful, these professions are crucial to American’s safety and democracy,” says Kyle Kensing, Online Content Editor, CareerCast. “Firefighters, Military and Police Officers protect us, and Newspaper Reporters and Broadcasters have a big impact in showing us the truth amidst the trend of “’fake news’”.

If you don’t flourish in a physically demanding, hazardous or unpredictable environment, CareerCast’s least stressful job — Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, (annual median income of $63,630 and growth outlook of 24%) might be good fit for you. Although it requires advanced training, Audiologist is another low-stress profession (annual median income of $74,890 and growth outlook of 29%).

If you have an aptitude for math, find intrigue in the secrets of data, and have the determination to work through problems until you come up with a good solution, consider the profession of Operations Research Analyst ($78,630 salary and 30% growth outlook).

CareerCast’s Most Stressful Jobs of 2017:

RegionsIndustries
North West +14.2%Recruitment +17.5%
Wales +6.8%Legal +8.7%
East Midlands +3.9%Hospitality +6.7%
North East +3.5%Property +5.7%
Scotland +2.6%Accounting/Finance +4.8%

CareerCast’s Least Stressful Jobs of 2017:

ProfessionStress ScoreMedian SalaryGrowth Outlook
1) Diagnostic Medical Sonographer4.00$63,63024%
2) Compliance Officer5.73 $65,6403%
3) Hair Stylist 6.71$23,71010%
4) Audiologist7.31$74,89029%
5) University Professor (tenured)8.17$72,47013%
6) Medical Records Technician8.57$37,11015%
7) Jeweler 8.95$37,060-11%
8) Operations Research Analyst 9.02$78,63030%
9) Pharmacy Technician 9.10$30,4109%
10) Medical Laboratory Technician10.31$50,55016%

To read the full report, click here.

To rank the most and least stressful careers from the 200 professions on the Jobs Rated report, CareerCast evaluated 11 stress factors: travel required; growth potential; deadlines; working in the public eye; competition in the field; physical demands; environmental conditions; hazards encountered on a regular basis; own life at risk; life of others at risk; and meeting or interacting with the public at large. Median Annual Salary and Projected Hiring Growth by 2024 are via the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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