I am so stressed!

- February 19th, 2013
Reporters chasing Flaherty

OTTAWA – Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty is surrounded by journalists (that’s Akin on the right) as he arrives to a Regional Caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in 2010. (Chris Roussakis/ QMI Agency)

I am so stressed! …  because I’m a newspaper reporter. And, according to job search firm CareerCast.com, I work in the 8th most stressful job occupation there is:

Newspaper reporter: It’s about deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. And an ability to confront public and corporate officials making ten times your salary. Median salary: $36,000.

My photojournalist colleagues have it worst. They work in the 7th most stressful occupation and their median income is lower!

Photojournalist: Soldiers have the most stressful jobs, but often, photojournalists have to follow them into combat. Wages are notoriously low, too. Median salary: $29,130.

CareerCast.com also identified the least stressful occupations. Topping the list for least stress?

University professor: Never mind the politics, and classrooms of non-responsive students — it’s a nice place to be. Median salary: $62,050.

Sigh. Maybe one day …

 

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3 comments

  1. Doug Rutherford says:

    For what it’s worth, David, I’ve found being a college professor is almost as stressful as one of my former jobs, army officer.

    Interestingly enough, I’ve seen other, similar, lists that place teaching at quite a high level of stress. I guess the results reflect the methodology and the group surveyed, as in any poll.

  2. I remember the good ol’ days when I was only in the 8th most stressful career. Now I’m in the fifth most stressful career and no one knows what I do. Geesh.
    http://o.canada.com/2013/01/17/most-stressful-jobs-pr-is-5-please-send-scotch/

  3. Mary says:

    You want to experience real stress? Walk a mile in a nurse’s shoes.

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