We all live with stress, whether it's
actually something worth stressing over or you're one of those
weird people who strive on stress. They're usually referred to with
a name that uses the word drama somehow.
At this time of the year, with sickness
of some kind seeming to smack everybody (or somebody you know),
stress levels can go through the roof. You feel bad, the weather
refuses to clear up, kids are out of school (parents only) and your
job is about to drive you crazy.
Ah, yes, the number one stressor for 99
percent of us. The workplace. Do you like your job, but despise your
co-workers? Are your co-workers pretty good to be around but the job
just doesn't do it for you?
What are the 10 worst jobs for stress? Is yours one of them? According to some website called
careercast.com, these are the 10 jobs that will make you feel bad and
hope that you win the lottery so you can buy your own private island:
Enlisted military personnel
Senior corporate executive
The first four and the last one I can
understand. It's five through nine that kind of baffle me. Being a
newspaper reporter is more stressful than being a cop?
I am a newspaper reporter (small town
version) and I can't think of anything I do that would case me to
stress out more than a cop would. Yeah, there are times when you have
to deal with editors, angry readers, lying politicians, looking at a
story after it's gone to print and realizing you got something
But I can't imagine any of that
beginning to compare to knocking on a strange door or pulling
somebody over and having no idea what's going to happen in the next
few seconds. Even being a newspaper reporter in a large city can't
compare to the stress of law enforcement.
Taxi driver? I guess never knowing
who's going to get in your cab could be stressful. Photojournalist? Maybe if you're dropped in Afghanistan or Iraq, but otherwise?
PR Executive? According to the website,
having to do damage control for people who don't like to accept
responsibility can be very stressful. I guess that means celebrities.
Maybe politicians. But more stressful than law enforcement?
Senior corporate executive? Some
nonsense about having to lead corporations and being the public face
for these companies, but with a median salary of more than $100,000 (meaning most salaries are much larger), they get no sympathy.
The website says the average newspaper
reporter makes $36,000 a year (Hey, boss! Look at this!), but the
stress comes from there being none of these jobs out there and being
asked to do more for the same pay.
That sounds about right. Papers are
shutting down left and right and nobody wants to work in this
business anymore. On the plus side, with nobody wanting this career,
I've got a job until we shut down. Or I do something stupid. The
odds are about 50-50 for each one to happen.
Why did law enforcement, mainly meaning
cops on the street, rate as lower in stress than all the above jobs? Partly because there are a lot of the jobs out there. Every community
has law enforcement, so if you're good at it and don't bring too
much baggage, you can find work. And knowing that can be half the
By the way, all you law enforcement
officers in Monroe County, driving the roads and knocking on strange
doors, did you know the median salary for a cop is $55,000? Hey, stop
Whatever the case may be when it comes
to our stress, I'm sure sun and blue skies would help immeasurably.
Hopefully by the time you read this, that's what we'll have.
Never mind the fact it'll be 16 degrees.
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