Long hours, unpredictable shifts, heavy physical work demands.
There are a lot of jobs that push workers’ stress levels through the roof. Add a low paycheck on top of that, and you’ve got a recipe for some of the hardest professions out there.
So who are the most stressed, least paid among us? We used some data to find out.
The Occupational Information Network, an online database developed under the sponsorship of U.S. Labor Department, maintains a detailed database of job descriptions, skills and tasks required for each job category. For example, some jobs require the ability to stay upright, while others require programming skills.
One metric, “stress tolerance,” measures how stressful a job is on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the worst — like hair-pulling, grouch-inducing, stay-away-from-them-on-Monday levels. The score takes into account the capacity of a person to “accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively in high-stress situations.”
The median stress level for jobs in New Jersey is 75, according to the database, which is on the higher end of the spectrum. We took the jobs that scored 90 or above and ranked them based on the median pay.
See if your job made the list.