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Dawn Rosenberg McKay

Most Stressful Jobs of 2013

By January 4, 2013

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I can't imagine a job more stressful than one that requires someone to put on a uniform, strap on a gun, and march into a war zone ... and apparently there aren't any. Two armed forces jobs—enlisted military personnel and military general— are ranked numbers one and two on CareerCast.com's list of the 10 Most Stressful Jobs of 2013. Third on the list is firefighter, again not a surprise. I would have expected police officer to be the next occupation on the list, but it is actually the tenth most stressful job. Commercial airline pilot is fourth on the list. I guess if I were responsible for so many lives, I'd be a little stressed out too.

I was a bit surprised that public relations executive was on the list, and at number five, because at first glance it doesn't seem like a pressure-filled job. Then when you think about it, it makes sense. The organizations, companies and people who these folks represent often find themselves in hot water and it is up to them to explain things, in the most positive way possible, to the public. Senior corporate executive is next on the list. Having to answer to stockholders, employees and the public can't be easy.

Bringing us stories that take them into war zones and literally into the eye of the storm, makes photojournalist the seventh most stressful job. Newspaper reporter is at number eight. According to CareerCast, reporters are stressed out by working longer hours for less money, learning how to use new technologies and having to meet tight deadlines.

I have to admit that I hate driving, particularly in a busy city. That's why I wasn't surprised to see taxi driver included on this list—it's the ninth most stressful job. It's not the maneuvering in traffic that makes these drivers' hearts beat faster though. It's the low pay, risk of getting robbed and the bad hours, says CareerCast. Tomorrow, we'll take a look at the least stressful jobs.

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