The most stressful jobs in 2016


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Which jobs are the most stressful? Let’s take a look at the ten highest-stress jobs in the United States in 2016. The following statistics calculated stress levels using job-related stress factors including travel, growth potential, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, the risk to the employee’s own life, the risk to the lives of others and meeting the public.

According to, enlisted military personnel experienced the highest job stress score (84.78). Firefighters came in second place with a job stress score of 60.59, followed closely by airline pilots with a score of 60.46. The job stress score of police officers amounted to 53.82, and event coordinators experienced a job stress score of 49.93. Scores of public relations executives and senior corporate executives amounted to 48.46 and 47.46 accordingly.

Broadcasters experienced the eighth most stressful job with a score of 47.3, followed by newspaper reporters at 46.76. Taxi drivers rounded out the top 10 most stressful jobs with a score amounting to 46.33 in 2016.


The main reason for stress at work among employees in North America in 2017 was their workload — 36 percent of respondents reported this as their main source of workplace stress. About 31 percent stated that people issues caused the majority of their stress, while around 20 percent cited difficulty juggling their work and personal life.

A lack of job security often causes stress for employees — around 8 percent reported it as a significant source of stress. Lastly, 5 percent of the respondents said that they experienced either none of the above reasons or did not experience stress at work. Overall, work is one of the most commonly reported sources of stress in adults.

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About Pavel Prikhodko


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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