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Commercial pilots have most stressful job

May 8, 2011 at 10:12 PM   |   Comments

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 8 (UPI) -- From sleeping air traffic controllers to unruly passengers, the most stressful U.S. job is commercial airline pilot, a career Web site concludes.

Tony Lee of CareerCast.com says the Web site looked at 11 factors that can cause stress on the job and ranked 200 professions by how significantly these demands factor into the average workday. Some of the job stresses include: work environment, job competitiveness, physical demands, deadlines, on-the-job dangers and job growth potential.

CareerCast.com says a pilot must rely heavily on equipment and security maintained by others. They also experience big stress swings from periods of extremely low stress when not flying to periods of extremely high stress, which hurts their health. In addition, pilots also face salary, benefits and pension cuts as well as layoffs. However, salary and layoff stress is something all of the top stressful jobs share.

The other top stressful jobs are: public relations executive, senior corporate executive, photojournalist, newscaster, advertising account executive, architect, stockbroker, emergency medical technician and real estate agent.

"There are simply less people who want to throw themselves into bigger challenges, than there used to be," Lee says on the Web site CareerCast.com. "Specifically, new college graduates are seeking jobs that bring them less stress, a choice that may be difficult to realize for individuals who have been entrenched in their jobs for an extended period of time."

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