"An event coordinator is responsible for planning all logistics and activities associated with the events for which he or she is responsible," the CareerCast.com report states. "Though they may conduct many events through the year, any event may be a once-in-a-lifetime special occasion for the people involved. Therefore, events often have very high visibility and high stakes for the coordinator involved."
Enlisted Military Soldier earned the top spot as the nation’s most stressful job, while Medical Records Technician ranked as the least stressful.
If a more relaxed work environment is your goal, the five least stressful professions of 2012 are Medical Records Technicians, Jewelers, Hair Stylists, Dressmakers/Tailors, and Medical Laboratory Technicians.
The criteria used by CareerCast.com researchers to determine the most and least stressful jobs includes 11 different factors that invoke stress. Each factor was assigned a range of points, and a high score was given if it was a major part of the job, while fewer points were given if it wasn’t normally required. Jobs that are in dangerous settings, have demanding deadlines, or involve repetitive, detailed work can increase stress levels, but stress is not limited to any particular job, industry, salary, or education level.
“Not all jobs are created equal when it comes to stress levels,” explains Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com. “If avoiding workplace stress is your primary goal, there are many attractive options. And most interesting, your salary may not suffer. In fact, the most stressful job from our research this year pays about the same as the least stressful job.”
CareerCast.com’s 10 Most Stressful Jobs of 2012:
- Enlisted Military Soldier - Average Income $35,580
- Firefighter - Average Income $45,250
- Airline Pilot - Average Income $103,210
- Military General - Average Income $196,300
- Police Officer - Average Income $53,540
- Event Coordinator - Average Income $45,260
- Public Relations Executive - Average Income $91,810
- Corporate Executive (Senior) - Average Income $165,830
- Photojournalist - Average Income $40,000
- Taxi Driver - Average Income $22,440
CareerCast.com’s 10 Least Stressful Jobs of 2012:
- Medical Records Technician - Average Income $32,350
- Jeweler - Average Income $35,170
- Hair Stylist - Average Income $22,760
- Dressmaker/Tailor - Average Income $26,560
- Medical Laboratory Technician - Average Income $36,280\
- Audiologist - Average Income $66,660
- Precision Assembler - Average Income $31,250
- Dietitian - Average Income $53,250
- Furniture Upholsterer - Average Income $29,960
- Electrical Technician - Average Income $56,040
CareerCast.com’s ranking system for job stress compares a range of different job demands that can reasonably be expected to evoke stress, including hiring outlook/growth potential, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, own life at risk, life of another at risk, and meeting the public. To learn more about the most and least stressful jobs, view the lists at CareerCast.com.