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6 jobs that will stress you out (but are still worth it)

Debra Auerbach, CareerBuilder Writer

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Every job comes with some amount of stress. Even people who say they love their jobs still have days when something goes wrong and their blood pressure rises several digits. Let's face it -- if something is called work, it's going to include some stress.

There are certain jobs that universally are known for their high-stress work environments -- military personnel, police officers, firefighters and doctors to name a few. Then there are those jobs that on the surface may not seem as demanding, but are in fact filled with stressful experiences. Here are six of those jobs, the reasons why they made the list and why they're still worth pursuing.

1. Editor
Why it will stress you out: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of editors is expected to experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020. As online media grow and traditional newsrooms continue to shrink, editors will deal with more pressure and increasing workloads. Plus, working under tight deadlines and being responsible for the accuracy of published content can be stressful.
Why it's worth it: Some people flourish when working under pressure. Plus, as a journalist, and someone who appreciates the written word, it's gratifying to publish work that is read and enjoyed by the public. If you're able to adapt to online media and are comfortable using digital tools, you'll have an advantage in the competitive job market.
Average annual pay: $60,490

2. Event coordinator
Why it will stress you out: While it may seem like a glamorous job, the role of event coordinator can be highly stressful. You're responsible for handling the logistics and execution of events for clients – some of whom may be difficult to work with or demanding. If anything goes wrong, it's on your shoulders. No wonder it made CareerCast's list of the 10 most stressful jobs of 2012.
Why it's worth it: No two days are the same, and you're not constricted to a cubicle. Plus, it's exciting to see someone's vision come to life, and fulfilling to receive kudos from happy clients.
Average annual pay: $49,840

3. Public-relations manager
Why it will stress you out: As a PR manager, it's your job to get your client or company in the news, which sometimes means dealing with reporters who aren't interested in what you have to say. Also, as a company spokesperson, you are responsible for representing the company, which can be stressful. When the company is faced with a crisis, you're the one who has to put out the fire.
Why it's worth it: If you work at an agency, you may have a variety of clients, which can keep things interesting. You often get to flex your creative muscles when planning new campaigns or programs to get publicity for a client. And if you enjoy public speaking and like thinking on your feet, you'll find the job exciting.
Average annual pay: $105,690

4. Real-estate sales agent
Why it will stress you out: The volatile economy has made the job of real-estate agent more stressful. You have clients with unrealistic expectations of what their home price should be, and having to sell a home for more than it's worth can be a challenge. You may also devote time and energy to helping clients find a new home, only for them to back out on the sale. And working on commission means you rely on those sales for a paycheck.
Why it's worth it: According to the National Association of Realtors, total home sales in 2012 were the highest they've been in five years, and they predict that sales will continue on an upward trend. Also, it's a great job for people who don't want to sit at a desk all day.
Average annual pay: $51,170

5. High school teacher
Why it will stress you out: According to a 2011 CareerBuilder survey, high school teachers were named among the most frightening professions. And no wonder -- dealing with hormone-raging teenagers can be scary. Also, some teachers deal with large class sizes and financial strain, which can make their jobs more difficult. They're also held accountable for students' academic performances and may encounter disrespectful students or unhappy parents.
Why it's worth it: It may be one of the most stressful jobs out there, but it's also one of the most rewarding. There's no better feeling than teaching students new skills and seeing them grow and succeed.
Average annual pay: $56,760

6. Veterinarian
Why it will stress you out: As the BLS notes, "Veterinarians' work can sometimes be emotionally stressful as they deal with sick animals and the animals' anxious owners. Also, the workplace can be noisy as the animals make noise when sick or being handled." Basically, working with sick animals can take a toll on you.
Why it's worth it: Job prospects are good; according to the BLS, employment of veterinarians is expected to grow 36 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Plus, if you love animals, you get to have a direct hand in helping them.
Average annual pay: $91,250

Debra Auerbach is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.



Last Updated: 26/02/2013 - 3:12 PM


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