By David Schepp
Stress. It's a big part of our daily lives, and much of it derives from the kind of work we do. Some jobs, naturally, involve more stress than others for obvious reasons, including the potential for physical harm. But just because a job doesn't appear to be stressful, doesn't mean it isn't. A desk job may seem laid back, but there's no shortage of white-collar jobs that produce tons of stress.
To get a better idea of which careers are the most stressful, CareerCast examined 200 professions to compile its latest Jobs Rated report. The job search website found that many of the most stressful jobs share two key characteristics: the presence of stress is nearly always existent, and spikes in periods of high stress are unpredictable.
CareerCast weighed 11 factors to rank the most stressful jobs: travel; deadlines; working in the public eye; competitiveness; physical demands; environmental conditions; hazards encountered; the life of oneself or others at risk; meeting and interacting with customers or the public; and the potential for job growth.
Check out these latest rankings to find if your current job -- or the job you want -- is among the most (or least) stressful.