WSJ ranks PR as one of the most stressful U.S. jobs

WSJ ranks PR as one of the most stressful U.S. jobs
January 10, 2014 PRSADesigner

If you think your job is stressful, you aren’t alone. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) agrees, with a PR executive cracking the top 10 in its January 7 article listing the most stressful jobs. Using data from CareerCast.com, WSJ compiled and published a list of the
top 10 most stressful jobs in the U.S., which ranked as follows:

  1. Enlisted military personnel
  2. Military general
  3. Firefighter
  4. Airline pilot
  5. Event coordinator
  6. Public relations executive
  7. Corporate executive (senior)
  8. Newspaper reporter
  9. Police officer
  10. Taxi driver

But before you go off sharing this list with the world, a word of caution to my friends in the PR business. Whether or not you agree with the list, the media often laughs at PR professionals who say they have a stressful job. In fact, about two months ago a similar list was published, and the Today Show had a field day criticizing it.

 So, be careful what you crow about. For me, I can think of much more stressful jobs. How about surgeon, or social worker, or even kindergarten teacher?

From back in the mists of time come words of wisdom from my Dad that apply to this situation. “Discretion is the better part of valor.” In other words, be careful about shouting about your stressful job, especially if you work with the media.

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Blog-author_dentDan Dent is principal and founder of the PR agency Dent Communications. He can be reached at dan@dentcomms.com.

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