The Most and Least Stressful Jobs Today: Where does your job fit in?

Where does your job fit in?

Adapted from an article by Tony Lee on

When US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed his jet safely in the Hudson River, he proved himself to be a great performer under stress. He also helped illustrate why a commercial airline pilot is ranked as one of the nation's most stressful jobs, according to the 2009 Jobs Rated Report, an in-depth look at 200 jobs by, a new job search portal.

Topping the list as the most stressful job is surgeon, followed closely by commercial airline pilot and photojournalist. Since surgeons take a person's life in their hands every time they enter an operating room, it's not surprising that stress plays a big role, especially when they encounter unexpected issues. One common bond between all three of the most stressful jobs is their demanding schedules, which often change at the last minute.

The professions rounding out the list may not feature the stress levels that can be found in an operating room, airplane cockpit, or war zone, but each is more than capable of causing increased blood pressure and sleepless nights. Advertising account executives have to compete in this tough economy to acquire and maintain revenue-generating accounts, and many real estate agents are struggling just to earn a living due to the downturn in the housing market. General practice physicians can get swamped with patients when an illness hits their community, while newspaper reporters struggle with deadlines and an increasing scarcity of work. Typically physician assistants face the same fast-paced work environment and long hours as doctors.

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