What's the most stressful job out there? We've already counted through our first top ten list, but there were 6 more that deserve their own mention. Yes, it's obvious that stressful careers are not for those who are meek at heart; they're for those who are willing to put their family lives second and even their own personal life, to strive for excellence in jobs that many times, require work beyond the normal 9-to-5 shift.
In the world's most stressful jobs, both the aptitude and attitude of a person can help decide whether to enter a particular career that is competitive and stressful. The careers listed below are nerve-racking for many reasons. They involve saving lives, taking care of others 24/7 or even managing other peoples' money. However, what makes a career stressful can also make it interesting to work in, and usually, it gives the one who follows it a sense of accomplishment that could never be accomplished otherwise.
Let's take a look.
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Carelessness is not an option for air traffic controllers. With many people’s lives in their hands, air traffic controllers have to be the best in their game, day in day out, and often, on nights too. They are given rigorous training in air traffic management; it requires them to stay sharp and focused during work. Language clarity is essential along with good cognitive functions.
A usual day for an air traffic controller involves working two hours at most and then taking a break to unwind, and then repeating that schedule throughout the day. When the sky gets crowded, controllers ensure that each plane is kept at least 3 to 4 miles apart depending on the size of the aircraft and that no two planes cross each other at the same time. Stress is bound to creep into the controller’s life with this much of a work load, working under strict time schedules, and dealing with emergency situations.
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Emergency medical technicians work 24 hours a day to cater to people who require urgent medical help. The opportunity to be of service to people in need is what gives them the courage to enter into most difficult situations as well.
They deal with all sorts of people on duty, from drug addicts to patients suffering from mental illnesses who can get violent and might harm them. A person’s life depends on the work of emergency medical personnel because they have to think quickly to figure out measures that can save that person’s life.
These technicians work at irregular times, which increases their level of stress, since they might be needed on holidays as well. At the same time, handling and carrying patients is a physically daunting task and puts a lot of stress on their health too.
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