TODAY | January 07, 2013
>>> with the least and most stressful jobs of 2012 . you may be surprised at some of their results. here to talk about it is the arthur of the "encore career" handbook, marcie. talk about their methodology, how did they determine what was a stressful job and not a stressful job?
>> i was very pleased that they saw pu putting yourself or others in danger, like life endangerment stressful.
>> very important?
>> that was high stress. deadlines. opportunities for advancement, competitiveness were all kind of high stress factors.
>> the number one job to be least stressful in the field of education, university professor ?
>> at least some version.
>> that made me scratch my head a little bit and also got to one of the fundamental questions of a survey like this. it depends on the environment you're working in, are you up for tenure, what are your colleagues like? with those factors in play, stress levels can vary. that's the dangers of a study like this.
>> seamstress was right behind at number two. that's surprising.
>> that gets to the issue of how many people are going to make their career decision based on the stress factor of a job, stress level of a job? we should ask that question, too.
>> health care areas in there, like medical laboratory , audit yol auditologist.
>> a lot of job opportunities in these less stressful jobs are in health care . but i did notice a lot of those jobs weren't front line crisis health care jobs. they were administrative jobs, support jobs and jobs that if you want to make a difference in the world and you want to help -- and a lot of people want that in their next career, those are good areas to look at. they're high growth. i was happy to see that on the list.
>> i'll take it. let's focus on one of the most stressful jobs. not surprisingly, time and time again, military jobs are at the top of the list.
>> sure. that leads to another point. i agree those are high-stress jobs, same as emergency room workers. that said people who are drawn to that work really thrive in those environments and we need people to do that kind of work. it really comes down to self awareness. are you looking for a job that's one of these high stress jobs and are you cut out for that kind of work? those are the bigger questions to ask ourselves.
>> it's a stressful job. maybe if you're suited to it you don't feel that stress in the same way?
>> people that are willing to do that work.
>> firefighters, commercial airline pilot , police officer on the list. we don't necessarily as a society compensate the most stressful jobs --
>> -- in the same way.
>> right. and we don't -- teaching can be really stressful also. not highly compensated. there isn't always a match-up like that. the police and firefighter really made me think of it. geography has a lot to do with it. being a new york city police officer can be a lot more stressful than being, you know, a cop in des moines , iowa.
>> it's kind of funny. in their top ten they had public relations , newspaper, journal reporter very high ranking, even higher than a police officer . what gives?
>> we know that media comes with a lot of pressures of their own. as my husband said to me when i went to work this morning, you know, you were just stress out when you were in the media as when you moved to a nonprofit so i think some of this is what you bring to it.
>> some of us are naturally stressed out. marci albohzer, thank you very much.
>> thank you.
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