Public relations professionals have long understood that they are involved in one of the world’s most stressful professions. Conflict, change and uncertainty are a daily part of a PR person’s life. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on the latest evidence that our feelings about stress aren’t all in our minds.
In a Dec. 29, 2011 column in which he answers questions from readers, Andy Johnston noted an analysis by Careercast.com, a California-based job search Web site, that laid out the top 10 most stressful professions of 2011:
- Commercial airline pilot
- Public relations officer
- Senior corporate executive
- Advertising account executive
- Emergency medical technician
- Real estate agent
According to Johnston, Careercast.com based its ranking on 11 factors that can stimulate stress. They included: putting your own life or others’ lives at risk, hiring outlook/growth potential, competitiveness, physical demands (including long hours), travel, working in the public eye, deadlines, and environmental conditions and hazards while performing the job.