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Most stressful jobs

Think you’ve got a stressful job? Just be thankful you’re not a urologist. (And our sympathies if you are one.)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks the most stressful professions in the country, and urology tops the list, followed by a variety of other health care and front-line jobs. What exactly qualifies a job for a high ranking? According to the bureau’s Occupational Information Network, it’s mostly about “accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.”

For what it’s worth, most residents in Southwest Florida don’t work in high-stress jobs, according to financial research firm Smartest Dollar. Its study looked at the highest stress jobs (meaning a ranking of 90 or above on the bureau’s rating scale) and totaled the percentages for major metro areas in the United States. In Naples, about 6.6% of residents were in high-stress positions, while about 7.2% of Fort Myers-Cape Coral residents had stressful jobs. Statewide, that figure stood at about 7.8%.  

Stress level         Occupation

100 Urologists

99 Film and Video Editors

98 Anesthesiologist Assistants

98 Judges, Magistrate Judges and Magistrates

98 Telephone Operators

97 Acute Care Nurses

97 Obstetricians and Gynecologists

97 Public Safety Telecommunicators

96 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

96 Nurse Anesthetists

96 Nurse Midwives

96 Transit and Railroad Police

95 Arbitrators, Mediators and Conciliators

95 Meeting, Convention and Event Planners

95 Patient Representatives

94 Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

94 Art Therapists

94 Chief Executives

94 Correctional Officers and Jailers

94 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

94 Healthcare Social Workers

94 Midwives

94 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

94 Special Education Teachers, Middle School

93 Critical Care Nurses

93 Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare

93 First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers

93 Funeral Home Managers

93 Lodging Managers

93 Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance

93 Mental Health Counselors

93 Physician Assistants

93 Psychiatric Aides

93 Respiratory Therapists

93 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

92 Animal Control Workers

92 Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products

92 Dietetic Technicians

92 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire and Ambulance

92 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

92 Hospitalists

92 Marriage and Family Therapists

92 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

92 Neurologists

92 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

92 Prosthodontists

92 Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

91 Actors

91 Air Traffic Controllers

91 Biomass Power Plant Managers

91 Clinical and Counseling Psychologists

91 Coroners

91 Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners

91 Data Entry Keyers

91 Detectives and Criminal Investigators

91 Firefighters

91 Hearing Aid Specialists

91 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan

91 Pharmacists

91 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians

91 Producers and Directors

91 Real Estate Sales Agents

91 Veterinarians

90 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary

90 Athletes and Sports Competitors

90 Chefs and Head Cooks

90 Claims Adjusters, Examiners and Investigators

90 Compliance Managers

90 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

90 Educational, Guidance and Career Counselors and Advisers

90 Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary

90 Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

90 Investment Fund Managers

90 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

90 Naturopathic Physicians

90 Passenger Attendants

90 Phlebotomists

90 Psychiatric Technicians

90 Quality Control Systems Managers

90 Social and Community Service Managers

90 Sound Engineering Technicians

90 Subway and Streetcar Operators

90 Surgical Assistants

Editor’s Note: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics develops stress ratings for 872 professions. The highest rating is 100 (urologist) and the lowest is 37 (couriers and messengers). 

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