Sunday, October 14, 2007

21 Occupations That You May Want To Avoid Like The Plague

A new government study has shed new light into occupational choice. According to the the National Survey on Drug Use and Health made available this past Saturday, clinical depression is more widespread in the workplace that was once imagined. It affects the American economy significantly though lost productivity, employee absenteeism and low morale. The cost to the American economy is staggering, at an estimated $30 to $45 billion dollars a year. There is a variation in the rate of depression in several occupational fields. In fact, according to the study, 8.6% of the employable workforce has experienced a major depressive episode. Of that number 7.6% of employees employed full time, 9.3% employed part-time, and 12.7% formerly unemployed has experienced at least one major depressive episode.

I would imagine that the reasons why they could occur are many:

• Unexpected layoffs
• Outsourcing
• Family Issues
• Financial Issues
• Lack of Mobility
• Poor Working Conditions
• Dim Employment Prospects for the Future
• Lack of Education

But there are twenty-one occupations that have been cited as occupations that have higher incidents of these major depressive issues than others among full time workers:

1. Personal Care and Service – 21%
2. Food Preparation and Service Related – 10.3%
3. Community and Social Services – 9.6%
4. Healthcare Practioners and Technical – 9.6%
5. Arts, Design, and Entertainment, Sports, and Media – 9.1%
6. Education, Training, and Library – 8.7%
7. Office And Aministration Support – 8.1%
8. Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance – 7.3%
9. Financial – 6.7%
10. Sales and Related – 6.7%
11. Legal – 6.4%
12. Transportation and Material Moving – 6.4%
13. Mathematical and Computer Scientists – 6.2%
14. Production – 5.9%
15. Management – 5.8%
16. Farming, Fishing, and Forestry – 5.6%
17. Protective Service – 5.5%
18. Constructive and Extradiction – 4.8%
19. Installation, Maintenance, and Repair – 4.4%
20. Life, Physical, and Social Sciences – 4.3%

I am sure that there are other reasons why these jobs are stressful than others. Does anyone have any idea why? Just seeing these numbers may affect the way that a person makes a career choice.

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