Long hours, unpredictable shifts, heavy physical work demands.
There are a lot of jobs that push workers’ stress levels through the roof. But which ones are actually the worst?
Last month, we looked at the lowest paying jobs with the most stress. Now let’s strip that down to the basics.
The Occupational Information Network, an online database developed under the sponsorship of U.S. Labor Department, maintains a detailed database of job descriptions, skills and tasks required for each job category. For example, some jobs require the ability to stay upright, while others require programming skills.
One metric, “stress tolerance,” measures how stressful a job is on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the worst — like hair-pulling, grouch-inducing, stay-away-from-them-on-Monday levels. The score takes into account the capacity of a person to “accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively in high-stress situations.”
The median stress level for jobs in New Jersey is 75, according to the database, which is on the higher end of the spectrum. We ranked the most stressful of them all.
See if your job made the list: