Job search site CareerCast evaluated 200 professions and compiled a list of the 10 most stressful.
The role of PR executive ranked at number six – although PRs can feel relieved at having dropped from the number two spot in 2011 – with stress brought on by client demands, tight deadlines and public scrutiny, as well as long and unsociable hours.
“Since news happens 24/7, I’ve been woken in the middle of the night and had to get a pitch out on weekends and holidays,” said Florida-based PR agent Bruce Serbin.
“Sometimes, you are berated for disturbing the reporter or offering them a story they aren’t interested in. It takes a thick skin to put the phone down and try again,” added Lauren Littlefield, president of Field Public Relations in Indianapolis.
The methodology took into account 11 stress factors including travel, deadlines, public scrutiny, physical demands, environmental conditions, risk to life and interactions with the public.
The top three jobs all had a high risk to personal safety, but jobs within sectors such as banking, construction and healthcare did not make the list. The top ten is:
1) Enlisted military personnel
3) Airline pilot
4) Police officer
5) Event co-ordinator
6) PR executive
7) Senior corporate executive
9) Newspaper reporter
10) Taxi driver