Search AOL Mail
AOL Mail
AOL Favorites

The most stressful and least stressful jobs of 2014

In a new report released by CareerCast.com, a website for job seekers, stress levels in the work place may have a lot to do with where you work.

The 11 factors they consider for each of the careers reviewed were:
  1. Travel (the more travel, the higher the stress)
  2. Growth potential (dead-end jobs tend to create more stress)
  3. Deadlines
  4. Working in the public eye
  5. Competitiveness within the organization
  6. Physical demands
  7. Environmental conditions
  8. Own life at risk
  9. Hazards encountered
  10. Meeting the public
  11. Life of another is at risk
The report shows that service jobs like military personnel, firefighters, and airline pilots all have higher stress levels caused from their jobs, while occupations like librarian and audiologists have lower stress levels.

Join the discussion

1000|Characters 1000  Characters
odie9800 January 08 2014 at 12:53 PM

what happened to least stressful jobs from #4 to number 8?

Flag Reply +2 rate up
Duncan January 09 2014 at 2:00 AM

As a second thought...Registered Nurse would rank very high. My brother was a nurse for 30 years and his accounts of what he had to endure here and there...made my service in teh USN for 30 years a mild comparison... So in conclusion, ranking mlitary #1 is for ground pounding soldiers and pilots but not every military job is stressful...as for me, I had a lot of fun too... MCPO, USN, Retired

Flag Reply +1 rate up
Duncan January 09 2014 at 1:53 AM

Where did they find that General's photo...not a military service I recognize, specially with the long hair... US Army Infantry of what country...with 2 ribbons... You are required to display the 3 most senior ribbons.

Flag Reply +1 rate up
Irmeg2 January 08 2014 at 10:58 PM

Lack of communication with in the work place.

Flag Reply +4 rate up
sunnydays0422 January 08 2014 at 10:36 PM

For nurses #3 - #11 are VERY high, I definitely think it needs to be on your list of highest stress jobs!

Flag Reply +3 rate up
cecinurse January 08 2014 at 9:58 PM

damn...should have been a librarian!

Flag Reply +1 rate up
Joyce January 08 2014 at 8:08 PM

return service desk at large retail stores gets my vote

Flag Reply +1 rate up
Stan January 08 2014 at 7:33 PM

Stress is relative. The more stress should equal more salary and thus a senior airline pilot has the stress of deliverying 300 souls to their destination safely but hopefully has a salary that compensates him or her. A soldier in a war zone goes into battle knowing that any moment he or she can lose their life or be injured for life for very little monetary compensation. That is real stress. For the rest of us we have the choice. If it is too stressfull let someone else do it. Life is too short to do a job that you don't enjoy. Find something worthwhile. I did and I love it. Just wish the compensation was more. Most people couldn't do it because of the high stress level and the lack of reward at the end of the day. Find a job you love and do it well. Money isn't everything!

Flag Reply +1 rate up
hairdyi January 08 2014 at 3:14 PM

I agree with newportjeanne1 ...we are the first person a widow calls when her long sick husband dies, we are the ones who shave the heads of our Chemo clients..we have weddings of 6 bridesmaids and a bride who must all be ready for the photographer by 11:00 am..we have proms..we have divorces...and trying to make them look great and feel good about themselves.we have clients who are taking care of elderly parents while trying to get their kid into college... I have been in this industry for 42 years and have seen it all...and when someone wants you to squeeze them in during the holidays.......or someone is late and pushes the whole day back..I love my job and I love my clients.. but not stressful???? it is and I would not change it for anything.

Flag Reply +1 rate up
1 reply
Tonny hairdyi January 08 2014 at 9:25 PM

dont forget makeup artist..........we not only do weddings, but to make ends meet we have to work at a cosmetics counter in a retail store, where we are treated like second class citizens.......and expected to stand and smile on marble floors all day.................not really fun, but I do love my clients and making them look like movie stars.

Flag Reply 0 rate up
Len Bzura January 08 2014 at 1:51 PM

Event Planner? Really?

Flag Reply +3 rate up
aol~~ 1209600


What do you think?

Tell us what you think!

Do you agree with CareerCast's rankings?

Final Results

  • Yes
  • No
  • They've got most of it right
  • They are missing a few!
Total votes: 514

More From Our Partners