Firefighter: Most stressful blue collar job !


Do you have the most stressful job in the world? Job site lists the best and worst for stress

By David Gardner…

It is one thing getting a job in these tough times – it’s quite another handling the stress that comes with it.

A survey carried out by an internet job finder has ranked the most stressful and the least stressful careers.

According to CareerCast, 70 per cent of all employees say that work is the main cause of their stress, with nearly half of those questioned attributing it to worries about job stability.
Relaxed: Early 1900s philosopher Bertrand Russell had one of the least stressful jobs around

Stressed? Early 1900s philosopher Bertrand Russell, left, had one of the least stressful jobs around whereas Chelsey Sullenberger, right, who landed a US Airways Airbus 320 safely in the Hudson River, has the toughest
Stressful: In 2009, Captain Sullenberger landed this US Airways Airbus plane in the Hudson River, after a flock of birds knocked out both its engines

Stressful: In 2009, Captain Sullenberger landed this US Airways Airbus plane in the Hudson River, after a flock of birds knocked out both its engines

Many people also complained their employers paid little heed to trying to help them find a good balance between work and the rest of their lives.

The 2011 stress list is led by commercial pilots, but their $100,000 plus annual salaries might make up for some of the angst.

At the other end of the stress scale, the health care field makes up five of the ten spots in the survey’s list of least stressful jobs with audiologist coming out as the best bet.

The toughest blue collar jobs are more predictable, with firefighters, who are paid an average $45,222, topping the list and police officers and prison guards not far behind.

To find the rankings, researchers reviewed the differences in five key criteria – environmental factors, income, outlook, physical demands and stress.

With the last category, they broke it down into factors like travel, deadlines, whether the work was in the public eye, competitiveness, hazards and whether your own life or that of another was at risk.

CareerCast’s stress lists in full:


1. Firefighter, $45,222

2. Taxi Driver, $21,127

3. Police Officer, $49,185

4. Highway Patrol Officer, $53,171

5. Lumberjack, $32,109

6. Painter, $34,152

7. Corrections Officer, $39,150

8. Ironworker, 34,127

9. Construction Foreman, $82,210

10. Roofer, $34,168

1. Bookbinder, $31,194

2. Photographic Worker, $26,182

3. Musical Repairer, $33,211

4. Automobile Assembler, $27,263

5. Precision Assembler, $28,150

6. Forklift Operator, $30,144

7. Furniture Upholsterer, $30,147

8. Drill-Press Operator, $31,124

9. Vending Machine Repairer, $30,147

10. Appliance Repairer, $34,152

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About Darin Sullivan (1975 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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