What do you think is the most stressful job?

United States
September 21, 2008 8:05pm CST
My girlfriend and I were talking about stressful jobs today. She thinks the most stressful job is being an executioner, the guy who has to electricute someone else or give them the lethal injection. I on the other hand think the most stressful job is being a waitress, having to deal with many people all day all the time, having to remember so many things, and not hearing the end of it if you make a mistake. There are plenty more stressful jobs out there, like being a soldier, or I don't know... the president.....? What do you think is the most stressful job to have??
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@ElicBxn (59616)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I know a lady who quit being a nurse because the job was so stressful. Hey - if you are the executioner - you know they are going to die - this gal couldn't take losing patients, and the weird hours - they changed the shifts around about every 3 weeks(she worked in a hospital.)
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• United States
22 Sep 08
ah yea, that does seem pretty stressful. I might become a nurse though haha, maybe I should rethink it...
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@ElicBxn (59616)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I would think that if you could find a doctor's office to work in instead of doing hospital work, it probably is less stressful - tho at my doctor's office they do have expectations of taking some after hours calls on certain nights/weekends - still....
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@goldeneagle (6776)
• United States
22 Sep 08
The most stressful job I have ever had is the one I just quit. I was working in a call center as an account specialist for an internet service provider. Part of my job was to try to negotiate with customers to get them to stay with the company if they were calling in to cancel their service. I did this for three months. I almost had a nervous breakdown. I got to the point that I didn't even want to see the sun come up in the morning, and I would have to leave my desk sometimes in the middle of my shift to go to the bathroom and throw up. I would get sick on the way to work just knowing that I had to go there. I have done customer service in restaurants and stores for years, as well as work in sheet metal fabrication that required very precise measurements and attention to detail. I was also in law enforcement for a while. None of these jobs were as stressful from day to day as working in that call center was. I hated every minute of it for three months. I finally told them I was not coming back. Just to give you an idea of how annoying it was...I was making $12/hour PLUS commissions to sit and use a computer all day and talk on the phone. I worked four 10-hour days and had three days off each week. During the times we didn't have calls coming in, I could sit and surf the net or read or do whatever else I wanted to do as long as I was available to answer a call. I LEFT THIS JOB to go back to work in a restaurant making less money and working more days per week. That call center was by far THE MOST ANNOYING job I have ever had. Most of the people that went through my training class with me have either quit or been fired. The ones who are still there are actively looking for another job. Call center work in general sucks from what I have been told...
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• United States
22 Sep 08
Wow, that is amazing! I can only imagine how stressful it must've been. How come jobs always sound soo good until you actually get the job and start working it? I had a factory job once, for a WHOPING 3 days haha. All I really had to do was package plastic cups all day. I made 10 dollars an hour. I worked 12 hour shifts and was supposed to work 2 days on, do days off, 3 days on, 3 days off and repeat. It sounded too good to be true, but once I got there, I realised that was not the job for me. I guess I never actually stood on my feet for more than 5 hours without sitting down before, I was practically dying before half of my shift had ended, and we only got 30 lunch breaks, not to mention I was on the night shift. I was loud, and taxing on my back picking up heavy boxes to put onto the pallets. I can't lie though, I made about $150 for those 3 days (actually 2 and a half) but it wasn't worth it to me...