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stressed … at work?

 “How we perceive a situation and how we react to it is the basis of our stress. If you focus on the negative in any situation, you can expect high stress levels. However, if you try and see the good in the situation, your stress levels will greatly diminish” Catherine Pulsifer

Career Cast has a list of the most stressful jobs and the least stressful jobs.    Unemployed people don’t have a place on the list yet we can assume that their job of finding employment, getting an interview and finally landing a job is filled with stress.   There is a lot of personal stress for those who are seeking a job and find more “No’s” in their quest than they desire.

Among the lest stressful jobs are:

1. Audiologist

2.  Dietitian

3. Software Engineer

4. Computer Engineer

5. Dental Hygienist

6. Speech Pathologist

7. Philosopher

8. Mathematician

9.  Occupational Therapist

10.  Chiropractor

Among those list with the most stress are:

1. Commercial Pilot

2. Public Relations Officer

3.  Corporate Executive (Senior)

4. Photojournalist

5. Newscaster

6. Advertising Account Executive

7. Architect

8. Stockbroker

9. Emergency Medical Technician

10. Real Estate Agent

There is probably disagreement as to what job is the most stressful or the least stressful and it probably doesn’t matter.   Most people are experiencing much more stress in their jobs.   It has been reported that more than 80% of people want to leave their job.   That is a huge number of people that could be exiting their current job in search of something better.   What is that better going to be?

According to a recent Atlantic Monthly article growth in jobs is going to come from two sectors, low wage jobs and jobs that are about creation.   Service sector jobs will include many low wage jobs, Fast Food, home health care, sales clerks, and personal care are going to increase in numbers and remain low wage jobs.

The creative jobs will continue to grow but also require substantially more education than farming, manufacturing or the service sector industries.  Farming and manufacturing will continue to dwindle in importance and the service sector industry will grow.  Among all the industries the service sector is the least likely to be exported overseas or replaced by technology.

How stressed are you?   What job do  you really want?  What would it take to get there?

the high cost of stress

” In today’s 24/7 society, work frequently intrudes in to employee’s personal lives during evenings, weekends, vacations and holidays. In fact, 83 percent of email users admit to checking their email daily while on vacation. Increasing work demands on employees have a significant impact on employers too — job stress costs U.S. businesses an estimated $300 billion per year through absenteeism, diminished productivity, employee turnover and direct medical, legal and insurance fees.”  APA

Some stress related facts:

Layoffs:  Research in the U.S. has found that workplace injuries and accidents tend to increase in organizations that are being downsized.

Workforce disengagement: Common job stressors such as perceived low rewards, a hostile work environment, and long hours can also accelerate the onset of heart disease, including the likelihood of heart attacks. This is particularly true for blue-collar and manual workers. Studies suggest that because these employees tend to have little control over their work environments, they are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those in traditional “white collar” jobs.

Continued work stress can lead to:  Burnout can lead to depression, which, in turn, has been linked to a variety of other health concerns such as heart disease and stroke, obesity and eating disorders, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Chronic depression also reduces your immunity to other types of illnesses, and can even contribute to premature death.

Source: APA

There is little doubt that the pace of our world today is driving up the rate of stress.  More workers out of work since the great depression and while things are slowly improving many people are underemployed or have given up even looking for work.   Unemployment only reports active cases, so unemployment while it may look like 9-10% is likely to be much higher.

Globalization continues to drive down costs in some economic sectors creating additional stress for those workers.

For some people jumping ship and creating a new career path is stressful considering the high cost of changing careers.   Some people will ride out their current career path until those jobs have been eliminated before deciding on their next course of action.

For some people it is the stress of getting a job and for others it is trying to find time for all the other things that should be part of the life package and that causes stress.  Perhaps it is having enough time for family and work crowds out those vital once in a lifetime experiences.  What is causing you the most stress?

What would you change if you could?