Teaching: one of top 10 most stressful jobs

I know this list has been out for a while, but How Stuff Works reported on the “10 Most Stressful Jobs in America.” Are we shocked that teaching made the list?

Being a teacher is rated as the #4 most stressful job, coming in under police office (#3) and medical professional (#5).

Increasingly, public school teachers face additional problems of lack of respect from students, and even from students’ parents and the general public. Because they’re paid with tax dollars, public school teachers are always under scrutiny. Few professionals are judged as closely as teachers are.

How was the list compiled? “Online employment service CareerCast tries to measure job stress by using U.S. Census and Department of Labor data to assign points for such factors as deadlines, physical risk, competitiveness and work environment.”


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