Report: PR pro is the second-most stressful job

A study from CareerCast highlights the most and least stressful jobs. If you work in PR, congratulations, you made the list—but not the one you want to be on.


Feeling a bit frazzled at work?

Are you finishing your fifth cup of coffee when you hear “Good morning” for the first time—and does that chirpy greeting annoy the hell out of you? Do you find yourself softly chanting your mantra through gritted teeth?

Don’t beat yourself up: A study says the job of PR officer is the second-most stressful career of 2011.

Each year, CareerCast ranks the best jobs and creates a variety of top 10 lists, including most and least stressful jobs. In 2011, commercial airline pilot ranked No. 1 among most stressful jobs; PR officer was No. 2.

Here’s how CareerCast describes the job of PR pro:

“Public relations officers are responsible for creating and maintaining a positive image with the public for many companies and government agencies. They typically are responsible for giving presentations and making speeches, often in front of large crowds. This highly competitive field and tight deadlines keep stress at high-levels for specialists. Some PR officers, also, are required to interact with potentially hostile members of the media.”

According to CareerCast, the average salary of a PR officer is $90,160, and the average amount of hours logged a day is nine.

Question is: Are you stressed out?

Here’s the full list of stressful jobs:

1. Commercial airline pilot
2. PR officer
3. Corporate executive
4. Photojournalist
5. Newscaster
6. Advertising account executive
7. Architect
8. Stockbroker
9. Emergency medical technician
10. Real estate agent

Visit CareerCast for more lists, including the top 200 jobs of 2011. On this list, PR executive is No. 133, between forklift operator and senior corporate executive. Newspaper reporter is No. 188. Roustabout is No. 200.

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