We're all stressed here...

by - April 27, 2010

I've been sitting here trying to think of a way to gracefully get into my topic for this morning, but I haven't had any luck. So I guess all that leaves is for me to just jump right into it.

Jobs are stressful, yes? I know mine is, especially during ratings periods. It's stressful right now, too. We're in the process of changing some things with my show, which as I've probably told you before means middle-of-the-day meetings, and that means my sleep schedule is majorly disrupted. This is the third week that my sleep schedule is being thrown out of whack. Hopefully it's the last week. But that's neither here nor there...

CareerCast put together a list of the Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs in America for NBC. They based their results on 21 different stress-causing factors like environment, competitiveness, advancement opportunities, and risk of unemployment. There were other things thrown into the reasons for each of the finalists including how many hours you work and when you work them.

10. Real Estate Agent (what?)
9. Advertising Executive (having to please other people is always stressful)
8. Public Relations Officers (i.e. public speaking)
7. Highway Patrol Officers (high risk of danger)
6. Commercial Pilot (totally don't get this one)
5. Police Officer (apparently they're completely different from highway patrol officers)
4. Surgeon (makes sense)
3. Taxi Driver (this one made me lol)
2. Corporate Executive (I'm sure that high salary helps)
1. Firefighter ('cause there's no way walking into a burning building ISN'T stressful)

FYI: I think my job should have made that list. First of all, I work crazy hours. Secondly, you never know what's going to go wrong when you're working with news. Third, we work with some crazy people (see some of my older posts). Everything we say or do is being constantly criticized, whether you're behind-the-scenes or on-camera. It doesn't matter. Every little mistake is pointed out and even your best isn't good enough for most people. We get ugly emails and phone calls all the time. We're always working toward a deadline.

Don't get me wrong. I love what I do, but being a journalist is extremely stressful.

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  1. To be fair, commercial pilots are responsible for a huge, metal flying machine containing a large number of passengers. I'm sure concentrating on NOT crashing is pretty stressful.

    Oh, and taxi drivers run a huge risk of being murdered every time they pick someone up. Fun times!

  2. I guess when I think about pilots I don't necessarily think about them interacting too much with their passengers other than talking on the intercom every now and then.

    And the reason I laughed about the taxi drivers is that it recalled memories of me being stressed riding in taxis in Costa Rica. Those guys are nuts!

  3. I'm stressed reading this post! LOL

  4. Shoot, if you were me you would've been stressed to the max yesterday carrying over into today. A seemingly small mistake that made it on the air could have some pretty serious repercussions for the station...