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Payscale.com recently surveyed its users and has released their findings, identifying the top 15 most overworked and underpaid jobs….the most stressful ones. Check out the list. There were several surprises that I found, as you’ll read. Let me know what stressful jobs you may have, or have had in the past! Interested to hear!

  • Social Worker
    Median Pay: $43,200
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 72%

    This profession requires people to care and make decisions and take certain actions that are difficult. On a day to day basis. Yeah, of course that’s stressful. Although very rewarding, it’d be really draining to do it on a day to day basis.

  • Special Events Coordinator
    Median Pay: $35,900
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 75%

    Yeah, I can see how this could be stressful. Just look at the stress that happens whenever the Housewives of New York or Atlanta throw a party, or all of those bridezillas you’d have to deal with. People wanting magical things to happen. Champagne taste on an apple juice budget.

  • Probation/Parole Officer
    Median Pay: $38,400
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 58%

    Totally. Having someone’s fate in your hands weighed against the safety of society at the same time? Yikes, I don’t want that kind of responsibility. People can be pretty good liars…but you never know. Talk about having a lot on your conscience. Interesting that the percentage that say it’s stressful has dropped quite a bit though, from the previous too….maybe some people are good at looking at the facts, and not worrying or second guessing any decisions.

  • News Reporter
    Median Pay: $32,900
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 62%

    Yeah, I can totally see that. Even just having this site. It’s like, every day is a new day, and every day you want the best story and you want to have the story first. If your were a reporter as a career, I can imagine the constant like…trying to be getting be on the best time slot, or on the best network, and just always wanting to be promoted. That could be stressful.

  • Music Minister Director
    Median Pay: $40,800
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 67%

    Wow – who knew this would be stressful!? Wouldn’t you think that working in a church would make you calm, and more centered or something? Apparently, it’s the pressure of choosing the appropriate psalm or hymn for everything, and there are so many occasions that are extremely important to them. I guess I could see that. I least they make a little more than the others.

  • Membership Manager
    Median Pay: $42,600
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 67%

    What does that even mean? Well, this is the guy that contacts you from whatever membership that you may have…Fitness center, CD Club, etc. I can see why that’d be stressful. You have to totally be prepared to do anything within reason to get the person to sign up again, while all of your statistics on your successes or failures are tracked. Not to mention all the people dismissing you, hanging up on you, even yelling at you. You’re just treated like the bad guy before you even say anything….hence the high stress percentage.

  • Fundraiser
    Median Pay: $42,700
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 67%

    Yeesh. Count me out. Pounding the pavement, cold calls, whatever you have to do to get people’s money. That’s not for me. I’ve done sales a lot in my life, and at least it’s easier because you are offering a good or service in return. This is asking for people to give up their money out of the kindness of their heart. Now that’s tough.

  • Commercial Photographer
    Median Pay: $43,600
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 100%

    Whoa! 100% of the people surveyed said it was stressful! I would never have known had this survey been released…good thing I had no plans to take it up as a career. These are the guys that capture landscape, merchandise, models, etc. and have to deal with long days, numerous variable, and high maintenance people. Always looking for the perfect shot. I mean, I guess other than the creative part of it, I guess the long days and diva personalities take the fun out of it and suck the life out of you. Point taken.

  • Assisted Living Director
    Median Pay:
    $46,000
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 67%

    Pourquoi? Well, you’re a 24/7 concierge, dealing with everyone’s individual needs and complications on a daily basis. That can be a pretty daunting task!

  • Minister
    Median Pay:
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 71%

    Another religious job! Yeesh! God bless them! Working for God is not stress free, that’s for sure. Having to be the face of a religion or God for that matter is pretty overwhelming. You have to be perfect. Every word that comes out of your mouth can be so important to all of your parishioners. That’s a heavy cross to bear, that’s for sure.

  • Marriage/Family Therapist
    Median Pay: $44,400
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 61%

    You know, I love helping people and the thought of being a therapist did cross my mind at one point, I just would end up taking things home with me and would find myself to be drained emotionally for all of these people’s problems. Everyone putting their problems on you and leaving it to you to figure it out out, while the clock is ticking. That is a lot to ask, and you know, some of these people can be unstable or even dangerous depending on the situation. Kudos to the 39% that do not find it stressful.

  • Curator
    Median Pay: $46,500
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 89%

    Well, then…that’s another high rate of people finding it stressful to be in charge of artifacts, antiques and priceless art. Every little thing can mean a lot of money. They also have to negotiate the exchange or loan of collections to outsiders, write articles about the items, and deal with art handlers, etc. I imagine you’d have to be really into it. I wouldn’t be.

  • Substance Abuse Counselor
    Median Pay: $32,400
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 71%

    Yeah, no explanation needed for this. Dealing with addictions? Good luck. That’s tough…I mean, I watch Intervention on A&E all the time and see how out of control these people are, and how hard it is on the family. Again, a very rewarding job…but at a cost, that’s for sure. I wouldn’t be able to separate my life outside of my work.

  • Film/TV Producer
    Median Pay: $47,600
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 78%

    As glamorous as the name sounds, in order to get there, you have to take whatever you’re dished out and making a lot of sacrifices in hopes of something succeeding. Big personalities and strict deadlines make it hard to juggle a work life balance.

  • High School Teacher
    Median Pay: $43,000
    Percentage of People who say it’s stressful: 65%

    Huh. I knew that this was a stressful job, but didn’t expect it would make the top 15 list. I guess it’s all the behind the scenes stuff: lesson plans, dealing with out of control teens, overbearing parents, etc. It seems that a lot of rewarding jobs, in the sense that you are really opening yourself up and helping others, seem to be quite stressful and low paying.

What stressful jobs do you have or have had in the past? Do any of you have any of these jobs or have had them in the past? Can you relate? Love to hear your thoughts!