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It is no secret that some jobs are more stressful than others, but you’ll never believe what the most stressful jobs in America are in 2022.

For some people, the thought of a high-stress job is enough to send them running for the hills. Others, however, thrive under pressure and view it as a necessary evil in the pursuit of their career goals.

Whether you love or hate the idea of a high-stress job, there is no denying that they can be extremely… well, stressful. From the long hours to the demanding work, it is no wonder that people in high-stress jobs often report feeling burned out and unhappy. In fact, Mental Health America’s new workplace report shows that four in five employees say workplace stress affects their various relationships.

The Occupational Information Network, part of the Labor Department, ranked 873 different occupations by level of stress. Looking at this list I was a bit surprised. For instance, it says on the list that a radio DJ is #86. Jobs ranked below that though, according to this ranking, include HR Specialists, Nuclear Power Reactor Operators and Airline Pilots. HUH?  There’s a bit of pressure in our job and we’re busy, but it’s not stressful in the way I’d think those jobs would be!

Here are the 10 most stressful jobs in America in 2022:

  • 10. Nurse anesthetist

    These nurses often assist anesthesiologists, surgeons and physicians by administering anesthesia and monitoring patients.

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  • 9. First-line supervisor of retail sales workers

    These professionals supervise retail sales workers in stores and coordinate their activities; manage budgeting and accounting of the establishment; and assist customers. 

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  • 8. Public safety telecommunicator

    These phone, radio or other communication system operators receive calls for emergency police, fire and ambulance services. 

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  • 7. Obstetrician and gynecologist

    These medical experts specialize in the female organs and reproductive system. They provide pregnancy and childbirth care; diagnose and treat diseases; and perform relevant surgeries.

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  • 6. Acute care nurse

    These nurses tend to patients with severe conditions like heart attacks by performing cardiac life support; managing pain relief and sedation; diagnosing conditions; and administering blood transfusions.

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  • 5. Phone operator

    These service workers assist customers by listening to their requests and providing information, assisting with billing needs, and helping children or those with disabilities make phone calls.

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  • 4. Judge

    Judges arbitrate and administer justice in courts of law. They sentence defendants in criminal cases, write decisions and sometimes officiate wedding ceremonies.

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  • 3. Anesthesiologist assistant

    These assistants help anesthesiologists administer anesthesia for procedures such as surgery. 

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  • 2. Film and video editor

    These professionals edit footage according to scripts or the film or video’s narrative. They follow instructions from the project’s producer or director and add music, sound effects and whatever else the piece needs.

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  • 1. Urologist

    Urologists are doctors who specialize in the genitourinary system, or the urinary and genital organs. They diagnose diseases and disorders such as infertility, incontinence and bladder cancer.

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