Alternatively, those looking for a little more excitement might want to consider becoming a senior corporate executive, which ranks as the third most stressful job (and which probably isn't a huge surprise to those occupying the C-suite).
Of course, CareerCast.com's survey isn't scientific by any means. The site surveyed 200 different jobs, measuring work environment, job competitiveness and risk to determine the rankings. According to the company, research criteria include 11 different factors that invoke stress. Each factor was assigned a range of points, with higher scores assigned if it was a major part of the job and fewer points assigned if it wasn't normally required.
Oddly enough, being a computer programmer and software engineer ranked highest on the Least Stressful Jobs list only behind audiologist and dietician. Not surprisingly, senior corporate executive ranked highest on the Most Stressful Jobs list only behind commercial airline pilot and public relations executive (which, on a personal level, doesn't surprise me one bit).
For those of you who are interested, here are CareerCast.com's Top 10 lists. Read �em and weep (or rejoice):
CareerCast.com's Lowest Stress Professions:
CareerCast.com's Highest Stress Professions:
Commercial Airline Pilot
Public Relations Executive
Corporate Executive, Senior
Advertising Account Executive
Emergency Medical Technician
Real Estate Agent
Has technology become such a humdrum professional category that it doesn't invoke the feeling of anxiety it once did? Are we beyond the days when one could walk the halls of a technology company and not be smothered by the overlying tension or witness the spontaneous implosions of employees dancing on the edge of madness?
Have we mellowed out, or are we now working smarter?
It's impossible to tell from CareerCast.com's survey, but signs are pointing to a new workplace atmosphere. Collaborative technologies, advances in mobility technology and a letting go of outdated attitudes regarding teleworking have converged to transform the workplace into a more productive, yet less anxiety-laden, environment. Unfortunately, stress will always be a part of life, but the right tools can help reduce that stress significantly.