HR Strange But True!
February 24, 2009

The least stressful job in the United States is an actuary, someone who analyzes statistical data and constructs probability tables to forecast risk and liabilities, according to a ranking of 200 jobs by, a job-search portal.

To come up with a list of the most and least stressful jobs in the United States, looked at 21 stress factors of 200 jobs.

The stress factors included:

  • Quotas
  • Deadlines
  • Win or lose situations
  • Competitiveness
  • Physical demands
  • Environmental conditions
  • Speed required
  • Hazards encountered
  • Own life at risk
  • Life of another at risk

The most stressful job is surgeon, which received a stress score of 99.5, according to the ranking. By contrast, an actuary had a stress score of 20.2.

These are the 8 least stressful jobs, according to the ranking:

  1. Actuary
  2. Dietitian
  3. Computer Systems Analyst
  4. Statistician
  5. Astronomer
  6. Mathematician
  7. Historian
  8. Software Engineer

The following 8 jobs are ranked as the most stressful (as you can see, at least three of these jobs have been hit hard during this recession):

  1. Surgeon
  2. Commercial Airline Pilot
  3. Photojournalist
  4. Advertising Account Executive
  5. Real Estate Agent
  6. Physician (General Practice)
  7. Reporter (Newspaper)
  8. Physician Assistant

If you are wondering where the human resources professional falls on the list, you'll have to look somewhere else, because it isn't one of the 200 jobs covered by Careercast's ranking.

The company's ranking uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, trade associations, and industry groups.

In 2006, a survey by another firm cited HR as one of the most stressful jobs.

Source: Careercast

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