Do You Have One of America’s Most Stressful Jobs?

Most of us would probably guess that being a full-time philosopher is a less stressful career path than say, becoming an EMT, but where does an architect fall in the mix? A new survey by CareerCast.com looked at 11 different factors that can cause stress on the job (which include everything from work environment and job competitiveness to physical demands and on-the-job dangers), and then ranked 200 professions accordingly. Click through to check out which occupations made their top ten, and let us know in the comments if you’re at all surprised by the results — or if you believe that your job deserved to make the cut.

10. Real Estate Agent
Stress score: 38.57
What makes it so stressful: the current housing market; a commission-based salary; long, erratic hours
Average annual salary: $53,100
Hours per day: 9.5

9. Emergency Medical Technician
Stress score: 39.68
What makes it so stressful: widespread job cuts; people’s lives on the line
Average annual salary: $33,020
Hours per day: Varies

8. Stockbroker
Stress score: 39.70
What makes it so stressful: high expectations from clients; fear of missed opportunities
Average annual salary: $85,580

7. Architect
Stress score: 39.93
What makes it so stressful: lack of projects
Average annual salary: $78,800
Hours per day: 8+

6. Advertising Account Executive
Stress score: 41.05
What makes it so stressful: keeping up with trends and technology
Average annual salary: $97,670
Hours per day: 9.5

5. Newscaster
Stress score: 43.56
What makes it so stressful: 24/7 news cycle; changing technology; high expectations from viewers
Average annual salary: $43,270
Hours per day: 8

4. Photojournalist
Stress score: 47.09
What makes it so stressful: 24/7 news cycle; dangerous environments
Average annual salary: $43,270
Hours per day: Varies

3. Senior Corporate Executive
Stress score: 47.41
What makes it so stressful: bad economy; high expectations from employees/board members
Average annual salary: $167,280
Hours per day: 11

2. Public Relations Executive
Stress score: 47.60
What makes it so stressful: lack of control; at the mercy of clients and buyers
Average annual salary: $101,850
Hours per day: 9

1. Commercial Airline Pilot
Stress score: 59.53
What makes it so stressful: reliance on control tower operators, equipment, etc.; massive layoffs
Average annual salary: $117,060
Hours per day: 9

And in case you’re curious — or suddenly feeling inspired to make a career change — there’s also a roundup of the 10 least stressful jobs here.

[via CNBC]