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These are the most stressful jobs in the UK

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Work is stressful, isn’t it? Having to get up every morning to travel, during rush hour, into a harshly-lit office and listen to your annoying colleagues snorting and snuffling and yelling about what they did at weekend. Crap. AND you have to actually “do your job”, which is really annoying. 

Some jobs are more stressful than others though, it turns out, no matter how annoying the person who sits next to you is. A new report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on “work-related stress, depression and anxiety” has found that those in certain professions run an increased risk of being stressed out at work. 

Nursing and midwifery tops the list – probably pretty unsurprising, considering the long hours healthcare workers tend to put up with AND the fact you’re responsible for loads of tiny human lives. Teaching – same, except trying to teach those tiny humans maths – and welfare professions are next on the list, with the top five completed by legal professions and business research and admin.

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Teaching is one of the most stressful jobs in the UK, according to a new report

These aren’t the only stressful jobs out there though – earlier this year, careers website CareersCast found that jobs in the military, fire brigade and police force were pretty high up the list, which isn’t that shocking considering they deal with incredibly dangerous situations on a daily basis.

They found the 10 most stressful jobs in the world in 2017 to be:

  1. Enlisted military personnel
  2. Firefighter
  3. Airline pilot
  4. Police officer
  5. Event coordinator
  6. Newspaper reporter
  7. Senior corporate executive
  8. PR executive
  9. Taxi driver
  10. Broadcaster
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Unsurprisingly, firefighters have a very stressful work life

Good news, though: not all jobs are slowly contributing to your early, stress-related death! A survey from the Telegraph found that high level execs weren’t that stressed because they had more control over their working hours - tell us something we don’t know, idiots.

The same study also found that the happiest employees in the UK were clergymen - so next time you’re sat in your office working late, the stress hormones slowly working their fatal magic on your bloodstream, remember you can always dedicate your life to spreading the word of god. Simple.

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