Most of us will complain that our job is causing us to feel stressed out from time to time. An impending deadline for a barely completed client report or a ‘To Do’ list that never seems to get any smaller can be enough to make anyone feel as if they are going to suffer a mental breakdown!
Keeping stress to a minimum is imperative for good health since constant worrying often leads to headaches, an upset stomach, high blood pressure and even strokes and heart disease. The emotional ailment can even see some workers being prescribed time off of work and in some instances, stress can even be deemed as the cause of an accident which occurs in the workplace. Employers may be liable to make compensation payouts to employees who hurt themselves as a result of stress and to those that suffer psychiatric problems due to work pressures.
No matter the challenges you face in your own employment though, it is unlikely that they will compare to those faced by individuals working in the five jobs that I consider to be the most stressful in the world (unless you do work in one of the following occupations obviously!)
How could the job of school teacher not appear on this list? Some parents find it difficult to control just one child and so a room of 30 or more can be a right nightmare!
There are some people who would argue that teachers have very little to complain about considering their working hours (usually 9am – 3pm), long summer holidays and better than average pay packet but a teacher’s life really isn’t an easy one.
Teachers are not only responsible for the education of their students (who are often rude, rowdy and refuse to sit still) but they must also aid their emotional development, protect them from the threat of bullies and warn them of the perils involved in drug taking and under aged sexual activity. This is besides constant meetings with other staff members and the parents of troublesome kids, as well as endless evenings spent producing lessons plans and report cards.
I never really got the hang of using a needle and thread and so pursuing a career as a surgeon was never really an option for me!
Whereas most of us can get away with going to work for a day without having had an adequate amount of sleep the night before, the consequences of this can be devastating for a surgeon. Just the simplest of mistakes can see accident compensation claims being made against a surgeon and the medical practise for which they work.
Horror stories involving surgeons include those that accidently sew up patients whilst they still have pieces of surgical equipment inside of them and inadvertently performing surgery on the left – instead of right – organ or limb (or vice versa). Constantly witnessing the awful ailments that others suffer must also see surgeons constantly fearful for their own health.
Commercial Air Pilot
Human beings were never designed to fly and so being in control of a vehicle which allows people to do exactly that must be quite daunting! There may be some things that are out of the control of the pilot when up in the air (a flock of birds flying into a plane’s jets, for example) but as a rule, that one man is responsible for the lives of everyone on board.
Airline customers can be quite grumpy thanks to the delays they often face. Imagine being the pilot of a ridiculously late plane filled with disgruntled customers who you must then address cheerily through the plane’s intercom. Also imagine having to leave your family at home for days at a time when controlling an aircraft on a long-haul flight and having to rely on the advice of control tower operators – which the headlines recently revealed have a tendency of falling asleep whilst on the job – to land safely.
Add the recent threat of terrorist attacks to the equation and you have one very stressful career!
You might think that pointing and clicking a camera is a rather easy job but anyone who takes and sells photographs to the press for a living is very likely to lead an extremely manic existence!
Snapping that hot celebrity looking absolutely awful or securing the first shot of an A-List couple’s newly born baby isn’t going to be possible unless said snapper is forever on the heels of the rich and famous. Paparazzi must always be careful when following celebs for being spotted could lead to a claim of harassment and/or a nasty punch in the face.
It is not just candid photos of celebrities which fetch a high price either – members of the paparazzi can also make themselves a significant amount should they take great pictures at the scene of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. It is not unheard of that a photographer will risk their own wellbeing for the perfect shot.
There are many people that would argue that being a stay-at-home-mum does not count as a real job but the women actually in this role know only too well the hard work that is involved! This is especially true for mothers who have multiple children.
Housewives not only have endless loads of laundry to wash and dry throughout the day but they are often left to pay the bills and complete the weekly grocery shop too. To top it all off her husband and kids are sure to bring more problems/chores home with them once their working/school day is over. The fact that Mum is at home “all day” means that the rest of the family expects the house to always be in tip top condition and dinner to ready on the dot because it’s not as if she has had anything else to keep her occupied, is it? (Note the sarcasm).
If you make a mistake at an office job or in a commercial kitchen, you could upset – or even hurt – a customer (read as; stranger) whereas the actions of mothers can directly affect the lives she has created and so the role of Mum is arguably more traumatic.
What do you think? Do you agree that these are the five most stressful jobs in the world? Share your views in the comments below.
Sarah Cole is the author of the blog post. Sarah is the designer of a popular online injury compensation calculator.