Most and Least Stressful Professions

Carlsbad, CA (February 18, 2009) — When US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed his jet safely in the Hudson River, he proved himself to be a great performer under stress. He also helped illustrate why a commercial airline pilot is ranked as one of the nation’s most stressful jobs, according to the “2009 Jobs Rated Report,” an in-depth look at 200 jobs by, the nation’s newest job search portal.

Topping the list as the nation’s most stressful job is surgeon, followed closely by commercial airline pilot and photojournalist. Since surgeons take a person’s life in their hands every time they enter an operating room, it’s not surprising that stress plays a big role, especially when they encounter unexpected issues. On the other hand, commercial airline pilots are responsible for the lives of their passengers and crew every time they fly. In the event of an emergency, they must handle rapidly changing situations from poor weather conditions and UFGs – unidentified flying geese – to equipment malfunctions. And while photojournalists tend to only be responsible for themselves, their jobs can require them to be on the frontline of every catastrophe, from wars to hurricanes to riots. However, one common bond between all three of our most stressful jobs is their demanding schedules, which often change at the last minute and may require extended periods away from home or long shifts while on the job.

“The type of stress surgeons face when operating is very different from the stress a pilot feels when landing in a storm and from how a photojournalist feels while taking pictures during a fire or hurricane,” says Tony Lee, publisher of “But all three bear more stress than any other job in the country, which is why they rank at the top of our list.”

The criteria used by researchers to determine the most and least stressful jobs include 21 different job demands which can be expected to invoke stress. Each demand was assigned a range of points, and a high score was given if the demand was a major part of the job, while fewer points were given if the demand wasn’t normally required. Photojournalists, for example, who often face daily deadlines, received the maximum points in this category, while actuaries received the least since they seldom have deadlines. Each occupation is ranked using data from such sources as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as information provided by a wide range of trade associations and industry groups.

Rounding out the list of the five most stressful jobs are advertising account executives, who have to compete in this tough economy to acquire and maintain revenue-generating accounts, and real estate agents, most of whom are having difficulty earning a living given the serious downturn in the housing market.

Among the least stressful jobs are actuary, dietician, computer systems analyst, statistician and astronomer. Interestingly enough, most of the least stressful jobs were ranked among the best jobs in the nation as well. To see the full rankings of all 200 jobs, go to or


1) Surgeon

2) Commercial Airline Pilot

3) Photojournalist

4) Advertising Account Executive

5) Real Estate Agent

6) General Practice Physician

7) Newspaper Reporter

8) Physician Assistant


1) Actuary

2) Dietician

3) Computer Systems Analyst

4) Statistician

5) Astronomer

6) Mathematician

7) Historian

8) Software Engineer

6 new shows for week of Feb 16

1. – The Working Podcast #85

The price of the uncalled for reprimand. What if the characters from ABC’s LOST had to re-enter the work force? Interviewing-101, Unemploymentality and other new job Websites. What weather do you prefer to work in? [download mp3]

2. Secrets of the Job Hunt – 10 Tips to Great Interview Conversation

Former recruiter turned hiring expert and CEO of, Rick Probstein, points out 10 ways to a Great onversation/Interview that every job hunter should pay attention to. [download mp3]

3. Jobs in Pods: GEICO college jobcast

GEICO is more than just insurance jobs. In fact they have a variety of roles to fill for recent college graduates in all areas of the company for all types of majors. In this six minute jobcast you’ll hear College Recruiting Manager Matt Duren talk about what makes GEICO a great place to work. [download mp3]

4. Total Picture Radio: Personal & Executive Branding podcast

“Stand Out by Building Your Brand” the co-author of a business best-seller and founder of Reach Communications, William Arruda stops by to chat with Peter Clayton. [download mp3] (repeat)

5. Savvy Jobseeker: Seven Tips for Transforming Your Resume

Professional resume writer, Louise Fletcher, will go deep into her “bag of tricks” to share seven tips for effectively showcasing your unique skillset on your next resume. [download]

6. Career Communique: 3 things recruiters don’t tell you

Join Annemarie Cross and Keith Keller as they interview Darren Saul from Carnegie Hill Recruitment as he exposes three things that most recruiters often fail to disclose. A must-listen interview that answers the question: “Are recruiters a trusted advisor or just another supplier?” Observations of an IT Recruiter. [download]

whats new on jobradio for feb 9th

We 4 exciting new shows this week. Normally we’d have more but our jobcasters have been taking some breaks to catch their breath. Its been a frenetic start to the job market for 2009. But worry not my friends, we have lots of new career advice shows in the works for weeks to come.

View entire playlist.

New this week:

1. JobRadiofm Personal Branding Update #3 with Dan Schawbel

Twitter, baby boomers and more for your personal brand.

2. Secrets of the Job Hunt: the Obama Jobs Effect

Which jobs will President’s Obama’s stimulus package create? Laurence Shatkin, author of ‘Great Jobs in the President’s Stimulus Plan‘ stops by to detail them for you. [download mp3]

3. Secrets of the Job Hunt: Recession busting job search tactics

Career Coach Mary Elizabeth Bradford stops by to tell exactly how to look underneath the hidden job market to boost your chances of getting hired. She’ll define the hidden job market and reveal 4 key tips. Stay tuned at the end for a special offer on her ebook. [download mp3]

4. Career Communique: Portfolio Careers

Join Annemarie and Keith as they interview Ellen Jackson from Right Management (Boston), on how you can create multiple sources of income from adopting a portfolio career model. They’ll also be discussing the importance of blogging in your self-marketing strategy. [download mp3]

SimplyHired on Fox News

Despite the bad news plenty of employers are still hiring! SimplyHired has over 3 million open jobs in our database in need of the perfect people to fill them. Start your search today!

This morning, Gautam Godhwani their CEO had a live interview on Fox Business News regarding the increasing unemployment numbers and the job-searching trends that have resulted from them. Check it out!

Another way to hear Jobradio on your iphone

Shoutcast is out with a free new radio app for iPhone and iPod touch users. It turns your device into a radio capable of playing thousands of internet radio streams.

To download the app directly from iTunes, click on this link is listed in the TALK section or you can do a simple keyword search for ‘jobradio’.

You can also find us in the directory online.

1st impressions, Gen Y and JobAngels this week

We have a terrific new lineup this week including 11 new “Career Breaks” focused the tough question of how to explain employment gaps on your resume. Each 1 minute break is played between shows as you listen. View full playlist.

New shows this week:


Mark Stelzner of stops by to discuss this new ‘movement’ and talks about how the unemployed can use JobAngels to pay it forward and find a job.[download mp3]


McDonald’s has crew opportunities in their restaurants nationwide and today we’ll talk with Marcia Wolff, Recruitment Manager for McDonald’s, about the job, the benefits and get her take on working for the nation’s most popular restaurant chain.[download mp3]


Generation Y in the Workplace: Four things that won’t change regardless of the economy. A Podcast with W. Stanton Smith, Principal, Deloitte LLP. [download mp3]


Looking good and feeling confident is critical during a job search. Professional wardrobe stylist & freelance fashion writer, Kristen Kaleal, joins us to share tips on how to look your best and exude confidence during your job search and beyond.[download]


Did you know that within the first three seconds of a new encounter you are being evaluated – even if it is just a glance? [download]