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For Many, a Sense of Purpose Makes Job Stress Worthwhile

Enlisted military personnel topped CareerCast.com's list of "most stressful" jobs. (Photo: www.army.mil)


A recent study with a catchy headline about the most stressful jobs of 2013 found its way to the soft hour of news last week.

The annual study by CareerCast.com created some buzz in the online water cooler and I was asked to appear on the Today show to talk about it. Colleagues e-mailed me and posted on my Facebook page about where their chosen professions ranked. My media friends couldn't help noticing that public relations professionals, reporters and photojournalists all made it into the top 10 for stress.

The "study," referred to in quotes in some of the commentary, considered some logical criteria to come up with these rankings. Proximity to risk of death (yours or others'), travel, deadlines, working in the public eye and physical demands all racked up points on the stress scale.

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