Stressful jobs

Sorry architect pals, but I think you are in the wrong job 🙂

The Stress-Fest

Rather than asking people how stressed or satisfied they were in their jobs, CareerCast examined 200 different jobs and ranked them according to eleven different stress factors, such as work environment, competitiveness, travel, growth potential, and physical risk. Here are the most stressful:

  1. Commercial airline pilot
  2. Public relations executive
  3. Senior corporate executive
  4. Photojournalist
  5. Newscaster
  6. Advertising account executive
  7. Architect
  8. Stockbroker
  9. Emergency medical technician
  10. Real estate agent

Laid-Back Careers

  1. Audiologist
  2. Dietitian
  3. Software engineer
  4. Computer programmer
  5. Dental hygienist
  6. Speech pathologist
  7. Philosopher
  8. Mathematician
  9. Occupational therapist
  10. Chiropractor

In my own career, I think stress is different in public and private sectors, and probably depends on the type of work.  For example development assessment seems to be an especially stressful area of urban planning work.  I think the roles of architects, planners, landscape architects and designers in general, is mostly stressful because it is the “middle” and it balancing a lot of people, conflicts, vested interests and is work with big implications.  That said it is also what makes it rewarding and challenging.  I think the balance of work-life is ultimately a really strong individual choice.


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