The biggest sign it's time to quit your job

3 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job

There are a lot of good reasons to quit a job: Your values don't align with those of your employer; you don't get along with your boss; you're not passionate about the work you're doing; you're burnt out; you've got a better offer in hand.

But perhaps the biggest sign it's time to throw in the towel is that pit-in-your-stomach feeling some of us get when the weekend comes to a close ... also known as the "Sunday Night Blues" or the "Sunday Scaries."

Of course we all experience the occasional wave of dread on Sunday evening — especially after a fun weekend or when you have a particularly busy workweek ahead. In fact, a whopping 76% of American workers say they get the Sunday Night Blues, according to a Monster survey.

But if you spend every Sunday feeling anxious, depressed, or fearful — sobbing on the couch, drafting your "I'm sick" email for Monday morning — it's probably time to move on from your current job.

"Having the Sunday Night Blues can be a common phenomenon for anyone," says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job." "You're transitioning from a leisure mindset to work, with all its daily challenges. But if you're feeling trapped, hopeless, or anxious about your job for weeks or months as you face Monday — it's time to look for greener pastures."

She says writing down your feelings always adds clarity. "You don't have to produce an elaborate, perfectly crafted document of pros and cons," she explains. "It's sometimes easier, more heartfelt and effective to jot down your thoughts in a free form way, as if you were having a conversation." For example: "I'm feeling as if I have to work at this company, or else I will ..." or, "I feel sick when I think about how my boss has been acting towards me." "As you read it, your feelings can better evolve into specific actions," she says.

Life is way too short to squander on a job that causes you prolonged misery or stress, Taylor adds. "The anxiety can spill into your weekend, and not just steal your joy — but compromise your health, too. The key thing to remember is that you do have choices. Your career future is only limited by your imagination."

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The biggest sign it's time to quit your job

25. Occupational Therapy Assistant​

Median Salary: $56,950  
Unemployment Rate: 1.2 percent

Expected Job Openings: 14,100

Patients may require occupational therapy to manage a lifelong medical condition or the effects of a stroke, accident or other physical trauma. OTAs help these patients live as independently as possible, teaching them to perform daily tasks, such as brushing their teeth and getting dressed. To enter the field, OTAs need to earn an associate degree, which typically takes about two years.

Learn more about occupational therapy assistants.

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24. Accountant

Median Salary$65,940 
Unemployment Rate: 3.2 percent

Expected Job Openings: 142,400

Accountants inspect financial records and may work for government agencies, private corporations, nonprofits or individual clients. While an associate degree is available for accounting, employers may prefer a bachelor's or master's degree.

Learn more about accountants.

23. Occupational Therapist

Median Salary$78,810 
Unemployment Rate: 1.1 percent

Expected Job Openings: 30,400

OTs help patients build or restore their ability to perform daily tasks and work toward certain goals. Licensed OTs typically need to earn a master's degree, pass board examinations and complete a fieldwork requirement.

Learn more about occupational therapists. 

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22. Registered Nurse

Median Salary$66,640 
Unemployment Rate: 2.1 percent

Expected Job Openings: 439,300

Registered nurses monitor a patient's condition, perform medical procedures and administer medicine. Entry-level RN positions are available with an associate degree, but a bachelor's degree is becoming the industry standard.

Learn more about registered nurses. 

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21. Cartographer

Median Salary$60,930 
Unemployment Rate: 3 percent

Expected Job Openings: 3,600

Cartographers specialize in drawing maps, which have seen reinvention in an environment where millions of people look at GPS-enabled maps on cellphones and interactive maps online. Cartographers typically must earn a bachelor's degree in cartography or a related field.

Learn more about cartographers. 

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20. Web Developer

Median Salary$63,490 
Unemployment Rate: 3.4 percent

Expected Job Openings: 39,500

Web developers build websites, working with software applications or writing code to get the job done. Employers typically prefer a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field. Specialized certifications may also demonstrate expertise in a certain area.

Learn more about Web developers.

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19. Physician

Median Salary>$187,199 
Unemployment Rate: 0.4 percent

Expected Job Openings: 5,100

Physicians manage patients for a variety of medical issues, doing everything from diagnosing and treating injuries and illnesses to prescribing medicine. Becoming a physician is no easy path. Aspiring physicians need to attend medical school and complete advanced  training requirements.

Learn more about physicians.

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18. Operations Research Analyst

Median Salary$76,660 
Unemployment Rate: 3.8 percent

Expected Job Openings: 27,600

Workers in this business-related field dive into raw data and mathematical equations to help businesses make educated decisions. A bachelor's degree in math, business or industrial engineering can open the door for entry-level workers. Some employers may favor master's degree recipients.

Learn more about operations research analysts.

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17. Statistician

Median Salary$79,990 
Unemployment Rate: 4 percent

Expected Job Openings: 10,100

The highest-ranked business profession on this year's list requires mathematical prowess and a passion for numbers. Statisticians use data to make decisions. A bachelor's degree should open doors, but a master's degree or Ph.D. may open more.

Learn more about statisticians.

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16. Surgeon

Median Salary>$187,199 
Unemployment Rate: 0.4 percent

Expected Job Openings: 9,100

Scalpel, please. Surgeons operate on patients to help treat diseases, injuries and other issues. To enter the field, medical school and specialized training are a must.

Learn more about surgeons.

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15. Podiatrist

Median Salary$120,700 
Unemployment Rate: 2.1 percent

Expected Job Openings: 1,400

These medical professionals diagnose and treat problems in the feet and ankles. Podiatric medical school and advanced training are required to enter this field.

Learn more about podiatrists.

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14. Physical Therapist

Median Salary$82,390 
Unemployment Rate: 1.2 percent

Expected Job Openings: 71,800

PTs help patients battling physical issues or injuries regain movement and manage pain. To enter the field, hopefuls must typically complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, as well as residency and licensing requirements.

Learn more about physical therapists.

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13. Software Developer

Median Salary$95,510 
Unemployment Rate: 2.5 percent

Expected Job Openings: 135,300

Software developers design computer programs, often flexing their creative muscles and technical know-how. A bachelor's degree in computer science is typical – but not required – as are strong programming skills.

Learn more about software developers.

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12. Optometrist

Median Salary$101,410 
Unemployment Rate: 0.7 percent

Expected Job Openings: 11,000

These medical professionals specialize in eye care and prescribe contact lenses or glasses. Optometrists must complete a Doctor of Optometry program, licensing exams and other requirements.

Learn more about optometrists.

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10 (tie). Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Median Salary>$187,199 
Unemployment Rate: 0.4 percent

Expected Job Openings: 4,300

OB-GYNs specialize in women's reproductive health, managing everything from contraception to childbirth. Like other medical fields, the road to becoming an OB-GYN is paved with medical school, licensing examinations and residency requirements.

Learn more about obstetricians and gynecologists.

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10 (tie). Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Median Salary>$187,199 
Unemployment Rate: 0.2 percent

Expected Job Openings: 1,200

These medical professionals perform surgeries on the face, mouth and jaw. Dental school and specialized training are among the requirements for this field.

Learn more about oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

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9. Anesthesiologist

Median Salary>$187,199 
Unemployment Rate: 0.4 percent

Expected Job Openings: 7,100

These medical specialists administer anesthesia to numb pain during invasive procedures. Among the hurdles: Anesthesiologists must complete medical school and other specialized training.

Learn more about anesthesiologists

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8. Pediatrician

Median Salary$163,350 
Unemployment Rate: 0.4 percent

Expected Job Openings: 3,600

Pediatricians are the doctors who diagnose and treat babies, children and young adults. Like other medical professionals, pediatricians must finish medical school, residency and other training.

Learn more about pediatricians.

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7. Psychiatrist

Median Salary$181,880 
Unemployment Rate: 1.8 percent

Expected Job Openings: 4,200

These health professionals specialize in diagnosing and treating issues related to the mind and mental health. Becoming a psychiatrist requires a medical school degree and additional specialized training.

Learn more about psychiatrists.

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6. Nurse Practitioner

Median Salary$95,350 
Unemployment Rate: 1.3 percent

Expected Job Openings: 44,700

Nurse practitioners treat patients for a variety of issues and ailments and may be able to work independently from a physician. To enter the field, hopefuls must earn specialized credentials on top of their nursing degree.

Learn more about nurse practitioners.

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5. Physician Assistant

Median Salary$95,820 
Unemployment Rate: 0.2 percent

Expected Job Openings: 28,700

PAs coordinate with physicians and other health care workers to treat patients. They typically need to complete a master's degree, clinical training and other requirements.

Learn more about physician assistants.

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4. Nurse Anesthetist

Median Salary$153,780 
Unemployment Rate: 1.3 percent

Expected Job Openings: 7,400

These registered nurses specialize in anesthesiology, administering drugs to minimize the pain of procedures. These health professionals undergo training on top of their nursing degree to specialize in this area.

Learn more about nurse anesthetists.

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3. Computer Systems Analyst

Median Salary$82,710 
Unemployment Rate: 2.6 percent 
Expected Job Openings: 118,600

These experts help companies evaluate and improve their computer systems. A bachelor's degree in information sciences can help hopefuls get started in this field.

Learn more about computer systems analysts. 

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2. Dentist

Median Salary$149,530 
Unemployment Rate: 0.2 percent 
Expected Job Openings: 23,300

Open wide. The No. 2 ranked job for 2016 is dentist. These professionals diagnose and treat issues of the teeth and gums and must graduate from dental school.

Learn more about dentists. 

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1. Orthodontist

Median Salary>$187,199 
Unemployment Rate: 0.2 percent 
Expected Job Openings: 1,500

Anyone with a mouth full of braces can tell you about orthodontists. Professionals in this No. 1 ranked job straighten teeth and align bites. Among other requirements, orthodontists must attend dental school and receive specialized training.

Learn more about orthodontists. 

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