(KUTV) — Many Americans begin the new year by vowing to eliminate stress from their lives, but for some workers, stress is just a part of the job.
A handful of commonalities are shared by the most stressful jobs. Some require workers to put their lives at risk, while others are constantly facing deadlines and tough competition.
"The stress and the pay may be deterrents for some people, but if you're motivated with what the work is, you'll still pursue it," said Kyle Kensing, online content editor at CareerCast. Some workers make the choice to work in stressful jobs because "it's about the impact they can have."
CareerCast identified the most stressful jobs based on 11 factors, including growth potential, deadlines and physical demands, and travel.
"Every career will face some stress," Kensing notes. "They are just comparatively less stressful. They aren't in the public eye, they aren't facing public scrutiny and the deadlines are typically longer term."
9. Senior corporate executive: $181,210
CEOs can earn massive paychecks, but this comes with a high dose of stress. The stress score for these executives clocks in at 48.7, or almost 10 times as high as the least stressful job on the study — diagnostic medical stenographer.
"You'll be asked to work extremely long hours, and your deadlines will be tight," Kensing said. "You're overseeing the deadlines in everyone in the operation. That will be the public name someone associates with an organization."
8. Public relations executive: $107,320
A public relations executive is among the better-paid workers on the most stressful list, but they are required to juggle a lot for the pay. Clients can be quite demanding, and reaching out to journalists and pitching stories can also be very stressful.
7. Broadcaster: $56,680
Broadcasters can be put under an immense amount of pressure due to constant deadlines, as well as living in the public eye. Breaking news can often require broadcasters to work outside the traditional 9-to-5 workday, and events they cover can conjure anxiety, like natural disasters and shootings.
6. Reporter: $37,820
Not only are reporters in one of the most stressful jobs, but they're among the lowest paid as well.
"If you're a newspaper reporter or broadcaster, you face deadlines every day," Kensing said. The upside, though, is feeling you are making an impact with your job, he adds.
Reporters face a tough future, with job growth projected 11%, according to CareerCast. This indicates that reporters will have a difficult time finding higher pay and job promotions, which adds to stress levels.
5. Event coordinator: $47,350
Event planners organize everything from weddings to professional conferences. This may sound like a fun, engaging job, but it involves organizational and communication skills to juggle schedules and personalities, which can contribute greatly to stress.
Most event coordinators need a bachelor's degree in a related field, like business management or hospitality.
4. Police officer: $61,600
It's simply a part of the job for police officers to risk their lives. Researchers have found that stress puts officers at a higher risk for health problems like high blood pressure and insomnia. Despite this, people who pursue this line of work are often driven by the desire to help others and improve their communities.
3. Airline pilot: $105,270
Airline pilots are compensated quite well, but their job delivers a fair amount of stress. One study found that almost 13% of them could suffer depression — almost double the national rate.
Stress comes from the responsibility of ensuring the safety of their passengers, in addition to dealing with shifting schedules, crews and the pressure to ensure on-time arrivals and departures.
2. Firefighter: $48,030
Similar to police officers, firefighters risk life and limb as part of their job. Scheduling is another stressful factor, with some departments making firefighters work 24-hour shifts. Chronic sleep deprivation can add to stress levels, which are already high due to the nature of the work.
1. Enlisted military personnel: $26,054
The most stressful job for 2018 is enlisted military personnel at the E3 level, or those with at least six years of experience, according to CareerCast. The job includes the risk of bodily harm or injury, as well as the necessity of living away from home.