Stressed Out? It’s The Industry, Not You


If you thrive on stress, working as a Newspaper Reporter or Broadcaster could be a perfect fit. If you want a less pressure-filled work atmosphere, you should consider changing professions — to a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Information Security Analyst, or University Professor.

Those are the key findings from CareerCast‘s 2017 Job Stress report.

ccastCareerCast analyzed 11 factors in identifying the most and least stressful jobs, including deadlines, hazards, public scrutiny, physical demands, competition, and career growth potential.

On-the-job stress can be caused by a variety of reasons. Taxi Drivers not only drive in traffic and bad weather, but they face increased competition from online transportation companies, including Uber and Lyft.

For professions like Firefighter, Military and Police Officer, stress results from putting their lives at risk and being responsible for the lives of others.

In the cases of a Newspaper Reporter and Broadcaster, working under tight deadlines, and the fear of lawsuits or layoffs may cause stress.

In fact, broadcasters have a negative job outlook of -9%. The outlook for Newspaper Reporters is -8%.

On the bright side, the jobs that radio and television industry professionals have is vital to our nation.

“Even though they may be stressful, these professions are crucial to American’s safety and democracy,” says Kyle Kensing, Online Content Editor at CareerCast. “Firefighters, Military and Police Officers protect us, and Newspaper Reporters and Broadcasters have a big impact in showing us the truth amidst the trend of ‘fake news.’”

If you don’t flourish in a physically demanding, hazardous or unpredictable environment, CareerCast’s least stressful job — Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, with an annual median income of $63,630 and growth outlook of 24% — might be good fit for you.

Although it requires advanced training, Audiologist is another low-stress profession, with annual median income of $74,890 and growth outlook of 29%.

RBR + TVBR OBSERVATION: Yeah, that Twentyone Pilots tune “Stressed Out” may describe some of our brethren. But, you know what, this business can be FUN and the long hours can yield nice payoffs. Who wants to be some boring sonographer or analyst?