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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

CARLSBAD, Calif., Jan. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 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. 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

Profession

Stress Score

Median Salary

Growth Outlook

1. Enlisted Military Personnel

72.74

$27,936*  

N/A

*Source: United States Army. Refers to E4 Specialist or Corporal with 4 years of experience








2. Firefighter

72.68

$45,870

5%





3. Airline Pilot

60.54

$102,520

5%





4. Police Officer

51.68

$60,270

4%





5. Event Coordinator

51.15

$46,840

10%





6. Newspaper Reporter

49.90

$36,360

-8%





7. Corporate Executive (Senior)

48.56

$102,690

6%





8. Public Relations Executive

48.50

$104,140

7%





9. Taxi Driver

48.18

$23,510

13%





10. Broadcaster

47.93

$37,720

-9%

CareerCast's Least Stressful Jobs of 2017

Profession

Stress Score

Median Salary

Growth Outlook

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

4.00

$63,630

24%





Compliance Officer                                                                

5.73

$65,640

3%





Hair Stylist                                                                  

6.71

$23,710

10%





Audiologist                                                                              

7.31

$74,890

29%





University Professor (tenured)                                            

8.17

$72,470

13%





Medical Records Technician                                               

8.57

$37,110

15%





Jeweler                                                                                  

8.95

$37,060

-11%





Operations Research Analyst                                             

9.02

$78,630

30%





Pharmacy Technician                                                          

9.10

$30,410

9%





Medical Laboratory Technician                                         

10.31

$50,550

16%

To read the full report, visit http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/most-stressful-jobs-2017

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. The methodology can be found here.

Median Annual Salary and Projected Hiring Growth by 2024 are via the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Editor's Note: This material may be published with a link to http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/most-stressful-jobs-2017

Media Contact:
Beth Brody, Brody PR
609-397-3737
[email protected]

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