Does Predicted Job Success Increase Stress Levels? According to U.S News, the number one job to have in the United States is a software developer. A software developer is someone who invents technology that at times We take for granted. Things such as alarms on our phones or social media are made by software developers. In addition to providing a rating for upward mobility and flexibility, U.S news also estimates the stress level to be average when compared to other fields.
In contrast, when looking under the category of “Best Paying Jobs”, the number one listed paying jobs is an anesthesiologist. When comparing stress levels between an anesthesiologist who earns an estimated $208,000 a year to a job like a roofingarchitect, who earns a total of $76,000 a year (which is still a reasonable amount of money for a full-time job), you can see that they vary greatly. A Roofing An architect has an estimated stress level of above average, due to the work environment and the complexities of the job’s requirements.
However, an anesthesiologist has a stress level of high. This is most likely due to the extreme lengths that someone has to go through in order to actually become an anesthesiologist as well as the everyday stress that comes with administering these heavy-duty drugs in a hospital setting.
All of this, stress comparison to job payoff, makes one wonder whether there is truly a connection between jobs that are high stress, and jobs that are classified as some of the best or well-paying jobs.
Low Paying, High-Stress Jobs:
As surprising as it may seem, some of the jobs that would be considered the most important to keep everyday civilization functioning effectively are not actually the jobs that are in the top-ranked salaries of the United States. What are some jobs that have extremely stressful work conditions and yet little to no ranking when it comes to best-paying jobs? Those would be the following:
- Enlisted personnel: those enlisted in the military or other armed forces are exposed to extremely high risk and high-stress environments. Many would say that they are probably one of the most important job holders in society. And yet the average salary one can expect to earn upon enlisting in the military is an estimated $27,000 per year.
- Firefighter: A firefighter has an average salary of $48,000 per year with little to no room for upward mobility. This is also not considering the amount of stress and hazard that comes with putting out the house and other related fires and being involved with other emergency situations.
- Police Officer: Police officers face constant high-stress environments. Whether this is being involved in hazardous high impact situations such as hostage negotiation, police chases, or detaining personnel who are participating in illegal activities. Police officers earn a yearly salary of $61,600 a year.
- Event coordinator: While this job may seem a little out of place on this list, event coordinators by definition definitely have a very stressful job with a relatively low salary in comparison. Event coordinators are masters of multitasking. Depending on the event, they can be in charge of up to hundreds of personnel and contract workers. They must also be extremely well organized and detail oriented. For having such a demanding job, their salary is an estimated $47,000 a year.
- Newspaper Reporter: While the news remains as important as ever, the methods in which it is shared with the world has been constantly evolving. Newspaper, as it is presented in print media, is one in which has been said is a dying media. Having to compete for jobs with limited opportunities and resources can be very stressful. The salary for a newspaper reporter is roughly $37,800 a year.
High Paying, High-Stress Jobs:
There are many high paying jobs available in the United States. A majority of them require a vast educational background and experience in the work environment in order to gain the job. However, these jobs also come with a lot of high stress situations. Beyond anesthesiologists, these are the top five highest paying, high stress job environments.
- Surgeons: Surgeons earn an annual median salary of $240,000 a year according to Business Insider(http://www.businessinsider.com/top-paying-jobs-in-america-2015-9#3-oral-and-maxillofacial-surgeons-28). They have an estimated growth of 18 percent between the years of 2012 to 2022, which is a large expansion for that field.
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: For those of us who are not in the know, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are those who perform and specialize in treatments that involve diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, and jaw. So, sort of a mix between a surgeon and a dentist, in a way. They make an annual median salary of $219, 600 every year.
- Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Obstetricians and Gynecologists both have very important jobs that affect hundreds of thousands of women every year. They have an estimated growth rate of 18 percent between the years of 2012 and 2022 and make an average of $214, 750 every year.
- Orthodontists: Orthodontists most common attribute is assigning braces to young teenagers and therefore having those silver monstrosities forever immortalized in school pictures(for five years in my case. I still get Christmas cards from my orthodontist office) Orthodontists make an annual total of $205, 000 every year.
Most of the highest paying jobs have to do with the medical or healthcare fields. This is due to the high amount of turnover and demand that comes with the medical field. The medical field is also one that will remain constant and continue to grow within the next decade.
High Paying, Low-Stress Jobs:
As ludicrous as it may seem, there are some high paying, low-stress jobs out there. These jobs may come from the unlikely of places and may also be limited in opportunities, but they do exist.
- Food Scientists: Food science sounds like something that happens whenever we eat. What it actually consists of is something that is not quite as fun, but interesting all the same. Food scientists ensure that agricultural establishments are productive and that food is safe. They make an annual income of $75,000 every year.
- Astronomers: Astronomy is that one hobby that everyone seems to be interested, yet also know nothing about. Astronomers interpret, analyze, observe, and research astronomical data. They use this knowledge to increase knowledge and solve practical problems about the field of astronomy. They earn an average income of $110,000 every year.
- Economists: Economists study the production and distribution of resources. They analyze trends as they appear in society and apply those to the necessary resources and demands that the population needs. They have an annual salary of $101, 000 every year.
Overall, there seems to be a variety of options when it comes to jobs that are both high stress and low stress. Salary is something that takes many different aspects in to consideration. There can be many things that are said about the different types of professions and the salaries that they deserve. But, overall, it is interesting to notice the trends and compare them between jobs as they appear.