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Where Stress at Work Comes From May Depend on Your Job

Where Stress at Work Comes From May Depend on Your Job
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Robby Berman

Robby Berman is a reporter, father, and musician who creates and discovers good stuff for the Internet world.

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Sometimes it’s obvious where workplace stress comes from. Maybe it’s person you don’t get along with or that you have too much work to get done. Every job has its pressures, and they can do a lot to determine how you feel about your work or even getting out of bed in the morning.

In January 2016, job-searching site CareerCast, asked its readers to chime in on what stresses them out, and they’ve just published the results of their survey.

What CareerCast found is that the top stressors are:

  • Unpredictability: 26% of respondents overall cited changing job responsibilities and expectations as their biggest source of stress. It was selected by even higher numbers of academics (40%), engineers (33%), and customer service reps (30%).
  • Workplace environment: In second place overall, 21% of readers talked about their work environment, specifically their interactions with bosses, coworkers and clients or customers. This was especially an issue for 30% of IT people.
  • Deadlines: 20% of respondents felt stressed out by deadlines. Many people hate them, some love them, and some need them to be productive. 33% of readers in the entertainment field listed this is their primary stressor.
  • Safety of others: Worry about others’ safety was cited by 16% of CareerCast’s readers overall, but was cited more frequently by people in transportation (41%) and healthcare (50%).

Other less common sources of stress reported by respondents included length of the work day or week (7%), personal danger (5%), nerves about promotion (3%), and work travel (1%).

The study’s findings suggest that when you’re thinking about the best career for you, you’d be wise to take into account the kind of stresses you’re likely to experience in it and how much stress it involves in general — here are CareerCast’s previously published careers stress rankings you might want to have a look at.

Robby Berman

Robby Berman is a reporter, father, and musician who creates and discovers good stuff for the Internet world.

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