Are you more stressed than a fire fighter?

Posted by janelle on January 8, 2012 in Uncategorized |

CareerCast released its Top 10 most stressful jobs in America today on Thursday, ranking public relations professional at No. 7 behind law enforcement, enlisted soldier and firefighter to name a few.

As a PR professional for a high-profile and very active Attorney General’s Office, I can understand why we ranked so high but I was also pleased to see our ranking drop from 2nd to 7th–which is a much more reasonable ranking for our job.

At first glance, I worried this ranking was based on some sort of survey of working professionals and I was concerned that PR professionals might be perceived as taking ourselves a bit too seriously.

However, in reviewing the methodology and the stress factors considered in developing the ranking, I can understand why our jobs are considered so stressful– and I feel a little better about my own stress level!

While certainly, PR professionals are not responsible for the life and death of other human beings like our military, law enforcement and firefighting personnel, we do face fairly high demands in the areas of travel, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, and meeting the public.

Here’s what Careercast had to say about our ranking:

Public Relations Officers are responsible for creating and maintaining a positive image with the public for companies, non-profits and government agencies. They typically are responsible for giving presentations and making speeches, often in front of large crowds. This very competitive field, which often includes highly visible, tight deadlines, keeps stress at high-levels for specialists. Some PR executives are required to interact with potentially hostile members of the media, especially after a disaster.

Perhaps because I’ve been doing this for 15 years, I can still think of many jobs I would say are more stressful than ours –even on the most stressful day.

What do you think?

In the meantime, if you’re tired of your stressful job, check out CareerCast’s list of the Top 10 LEAST Stressful Jobs.

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