Firefighters, Executives, Drivers — Oh, My!

Report ranks most stressful jobs 

The three most stressful jobs are: firefighter, corporate executive and taxi driver, according to a 2010 report on the most and least stressful professions. The report surveyed 200 different professions, measuring work environment, job competitiveness and risk to determine the rankings. 

A number of the most stressful jobs, such as commercial pilot and surgeon, are considered highly sought-after positions, and candidates frequently undergo rigorous and costly training for the chance at one of these careers. Competition among such high-stress jobs as advertising executives and real estate agents, for example, has increased exponentially as the economy has worsened, while police officers and firefighters regularly risk their lives and work in extremely dangerous environments. A long workday also tends to intensify the effects of stress. 

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