The 37 most stressful health care jobs, according to O*NET – The Daily Briefing

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December 13, 2022
The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) recently released its list of the most stressful jobs in the United States, with 37 health care jobs ranking among the top 100.
For the list, O*NET, a part of the U.S. Department of Labor, ranked 873 of the most stressful jobs in the United States.
The rankings highlighted the importance of tolerating criticism while calmly and effectively handling high-stress scenarios in each role. Each job was scored using those inputs from one to 100.
Some roles on the list require multiple degrees or post-graduate school, but the overall list consists of “many low and middle skilled occupations with high levels of stress,” said Sania Khan, chief economist at Eightfold AI.
According to Khan, the United States could experience a dip in high-stress jobs, such as entry-level positions at investment banks or law firms, due to “overall worker sentiment changes.”
“People are less tied to their employers nowadays, as we encountered with the ‘great resignation,’ so workers may feel less inclined to pursue such paths,” Khan said.
According to O*NET, 37 health care roles ranked among the top 50 most stressful jobs in the United States, including:
1. Urologists
3. Anesthesiologist assistants
6. Acute care nurses
7. Obstetricians and gynecologists
10. Nurse anesthetists
11. Nurse midwives 
15. Patient representatives
16. Advance practice psychiatric nurses
17. Art therapists
19. Clinical and counseling psychologists
22. Health care social workers
23. Midwives
24. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
26. Critical care nurses
32. Mental health counselors
33. Physician assistants
35. Psychiatric aides
36. Respiratory therapists
37. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors
40. Dietetic technicians
44. Hospitalists
47. Neurologists
48. Prosthodontists
57. Hearing aid specialists
59. Pharmacists
60. Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians
63. Allergists and immunologists
69. Diagnostic medical sonographers
75. Naturopathic physicians
77. Phlebotomists
78. Psychiatric technicians
82. Surgical assistants
87. Family medicine physicians
92. Mental health and substance abuse social workers
94. Neurodiagnostic technologists
95. Ophthalmologists, except pediatric
99. School psychologists
(Alund, USA Today, 12/12; O*NET Stress Tolerance rankings, accessed 12/12)
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