Pulling a Slater has crossed my mind many times. The thought of grabbing a cup of coffee while fleeing my job as I disregard my co-workers or customers sounds very inviting….but I have bills to pay. Some jobs are more stressful than others and I’m sure Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater was at the end of his rope when he abruptly grabbed a beer after getting into an altercation with a passenger, exiting the plane only to be arrested near his New York home.
After much research, I’ve come up with a list of jobs that are so stressful that you may even think about abandoning your position.
Real Estate Agents
Real estate agents can work a lot of hours that vary from day to day. They also must be very good with people, for most of their work will require them to show the property they are selling to their clients. Combining those two issues with the competitiveness of the real estate market makes this job one of the most stressful jobs.
Public Relations Officer
One of the biggest fears many people share is speaking in front of people. Public relations officers are required to make speeches and presentations in front of large crowds and often must deal with and interact with opposing members of the media.
Highway Patrol Officer
Highway patrol officers have a lot working against them when it comes to stress. From working holidays, late nights and weekends, to high-speed chases and life-threatening situations, highway patrol officers deal with stress from all angles. Because of the physical and mental stamina, and the attention to detail that is required, the job of a highway patrol officer is one of the top 10 most stressful jobs in America.
Police officers are often confronted with life-threatening situations on a daily basis. Their shifts can be long and require them to deal with emergencies that call for physical and mental endurance. They also must work with the public and occasionally provide medical attention to injured people.
For surgeons, a day at the office requires them to deal with multiple life and death situations per shift. Many of the surgeries they perform require immense precision and fast decision making. They also must deal with the fact that if they mess up a surgery, they can often be sued for malpractice. To top it off, surgeons work long hours.
Firefighters must work long and odd hours and are often on call throughout the night. While on the job, they risk heat exhaustion, serious injury and sometimes their lives. Firefighters usually work outdoors, in bad weather, and fighting out of control fires.
Customer Service Representatives
Imagine being blamed for everyone’s problems while being called out of your name on a daily basis. This is what many customer service reps go through. They are on the front line of many companies yet they get paid less than many of their supervisors and executives. Many of their superiors don’t know how to work the systems that these over used and abused employees are asked to use daily. They have to deal with varying attitudes while making sure their smile is heard through the phone. Now that’s stressful!