While my job may not be as stressful as, say, a Kroger worker on the first night of a major water system contamination episode, it has its tensions.
In fact, last week the job-hunting website CareerCast.com ranked being a newspaper reporter among the nation's 10 most stressful occupations, acing out police officers, among other professions.
The least stressful job ranking went to audiologists, who bring in an average median salary of about $70,000 per year, and have a projected job growth rate of 37 percentage points.
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By contrast, the average median salary for newspaper reporters was listed at $35,870, with a projected growth rate of minus 6 percent. VCR repairmen likely have a brighter employment outlook.
Job factors leading to a high stress rating, according to the CareerCast survey, included low growth potential, job-related travel, deadlines, competitiveness, working in the public eye and meeting the public -- you know, pretty much everything involved in being a bush league reporter.
Topping the most stressful occupation list was enlisted military personnel, the most obvious job category for the No. 1 spot. Among other jobs making the Top 10 cut were taxi driver, firefighter, airline pilot, event coordinator, corporate executive and public relations executive. Newspaper reporters had the lowest job growth outlook and the third-lowest salaries.