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They bear the burden of the entire family 24/7 365! They specialize in everything. Hairdresser, Barber, Short Order Cook, Taxi, Teacher, Philosopher, Cleaning service, personal scheduler and shopper, Tutor, Doctor, sometime play other role father, role model......the list is endless.
Worrying about keeping a roof over your family's head, food on the table, pleasing your boss, keeping your job in the economy. And don't even get me started on the nagging wife.
With the increase in the number of flights to various destinations, the busiest airports just got busier. The air traffic controller, who is responsible for regulating the arrival and departures of all the flight to and from the airport, has to always be alert. A small error could claim hundreds of lives.
Still underpaid, understaffed and overworked. There is a high turnover rate in hospital nursing, in my opinion, due to excessive paperwork and computer skills. Every RN is constantly stressed about being sued. Responsibility of the patient is your #1 priority, and in addition the RN has responsibility of all medical personal working under them. Many places of employment require working week-ends, night shifts and holiday time.
Your lives are in their hands literally. A small error can prove fatal. They are always under stress thanks to the ever increasing number of people suffering from various ailments.
underappreciated, always in the shadow of the dreaded FIREFIGHTER!! Underpaid, overworked, tired, and the world keeps getting heavier!!!
Dealing with customers down the phone and not being able to hang up! Nightmare!
Dealing with the biggest criminals inside a facility with absolutely no weapons.....
trying to save a life at 3:00 am while a drunk a--hole pees on the floor. Shift work combined with the expectation of perfection no matter how tired or how busy you are.
Working long hours, making sure things are made perfect, Very fast paced, risk of getting burned or cut, dealing with food allergies, dealing with annoying servers, and making sure everything is spotless and stocked up for the next days relentless work before you are able to go home and rest (usualy 2-3 AM).
If you work in a dealer, Theres a time limit for everyjob the longer u take more money you dont make
Constant ringing phones with angry people yelling at you because the world will end if their pc,phone,internet is down for 30 seconds. You need to know everything about anything to do with computers and MUST be INSTANTLY able to fix the customers problem. Soul crushing and never ending. Never time to finish fixing anything because you have to answer the phone for the next caller and then the next. The the 1st customer calls bitching that you havent fixed their problem. Thankless job leaving you bitter months after leaving...
Nurse Aids, like nurses, are in short supply and there is not enough to give residents to nursing homes top quality care. You need take your time caring for the resident but still need to get back out to answer the 10 other calls. And we do more physical work then anyone else in the medical feild.
This has been the absolute most stressful job I have ever had. What you see the kids go through is unbelievable. The expectations which are placed on social workers by the state are unrealistic. You have to go to court and testifjy on a regular basis, against parents who you are expected to work with to try and reunify the family. You have expectations placed on you by the state, supervisors, coworkers, attorneys, children, parents, reporters, foster parents, judges, and the list goes on. And no matter what you do, you make some one angry at you, and they will let you know about it. You constantly deal with crisis situations, but are expected to take care of all of your other duties as well. The shortage of foster homes is unbelievable, and there are times when you spend a few nights at the office with children because no foster parent is willing to take them in. You work more hours than you can possibly imagine, and are not compensated for it.
These guys work ridiculos hours, in front of heaps of computer screens with hundreds of millions of dollars on the line. One wrong move and heaps of money can be lost
Employers who push you to do as many prescriptions as possible to make money. Work as hard as possible to not sacrifice safety for time. But still are kept up at night worried if they had made a mistake that might harm a person.
65-90 hours a week dealing with drunk, drug addicted and unloyal employees. Then you have the customers that think they know more about how to run a restraunt better the the person who has been in the industry for the entire life. On top of the petty things you have to run a place that will 95% of the time not make it past the first year. Do not forget about the cost managment on everything down to the penny (example: a 1/4 oz. over pour from on bartender 4 times a week for a month can cause a 3% to 4% cost jump. You will lose your job over this and you have almost no control over a 1/4 oz. over pour.)
Being alert from the time you clock in, till the time you clock out, being responsible for your partners life, trusting your partner to be there for you if your life is in jeopardy, getting paid to make zero mistakes 1 mistake and your fired, no breaks no lunches, your in 70-80 places a day, you have a start time.. but ur finished when ur done.. cancel ur dinner plans!! Love this job! But the stress can be overwhelming!
you have to take care of 30-40 patients at one time, mostly 8 hour shifts, you have to give medications/pills to all 40 and then tons of paperwork . then if something bad happens then assessing and sending them to the hospital adding up more paperwork, unfortunately if somebody falls or have a skin tear ....add up more tons of paperwork besides calling the doctors and the families , in understaffed long term care facilities 2 aides are there for 30-40 patients , if one goes on break then u have to call the answer lights...if some thing u cannot do then u have to go all around the facility to find a CNA .....besides if the facility is not locked and patients are confused than u have to prevent them from going out by doing part time job as a gatekeeper in the facility.... all tihis you have to do in 8 hours .......... . :(
Taking care of 30+ soldiers all day, knowing their whereabouts at all times, making sure they get the training to defend their country, making sure they stay out of trouble, making sure they get to their appointments on time, ensuring they are physically fit, dealing with all of their personal problems, counseling them, making sure they get something to eat, making sure they pay their bills, making sure they do their job, making sure their house is clean, making sure, basically being a mom or dad to 18+ year old people all day long.
I find it demeaning to my profession that I pour my heart and soul in my training and take pride in my services which are grossly underpaid. We hairstylists love it when we are taking care of another client that has paid for our time, just for you to hoard in on us demanding a free consultation. Make it obvious you have no intention to pay the more than fair price listed for your haircut, by saying I don't want a full haircut, just the ends trimmed, last time I checked that was a haircut. I just love standing on my blistery feet all day practically giving away good service, and don't dare make someone 5 minutes late because if so you have underhandedly ruined their entire day. By all means scrutinize our price list and make us feel like we aren't worth the nickle you pay for an already low discounted price in which the stylist get no cut of that, only minimum wage, please complain and change your mind several times during the service to waste others time,because when you leave I get bitched at for taking to long and a tip was not given as punishment, oh yes that two dollar tip on your whiny kids head that took an hour to cut was totally worth it, because you cant correct your child but you can yell at service personnel for gaping up a head that wont sit still. Please remember that we are service professionals, that had to take many hours of instruction for state board, then many more of our own time practicing, so that what ends up on your head is something we both can be proud of, we are not dumb bimbos playing beauty shop because we are getting our kicks. Have some common respect, when your you are tying to get something for nothing, remember we have kids to feed and bills to pay too and we eat that loss, not the company, oh and taking a bath and removing unpleasant odor from your body and hair and scalp is just plain good manners, not a favor to us.
My dad is one of these VERY stressfull not only do you have to wake up at 4am everymorning but you have to look over everysingle controler in your section has your dad ever flown in Obama?....didnt think so
Typically much more stressfull at the luxury service level, Front Desk Agents are expected to know and be everything. Perhaps surprising, we don't have advanced degrees in Accounting, Public Relations, Marketing, Business, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, and Swahili. If you cannot figure out why you're computer won't connect to the wi-fi, we likely can't either; you'll yell at us anyways. We are expected to be a front desk agent, an operator, a bellhop, houseman, guest service representative, housekeeper, sales coordinator, information specialist, entertainment critic, restauranteur, stock broker, referee, janitor, computer technician, plumber, ice-breaker, postman, babysitter, dispatcher, laundry cleaner, lifeguard, electrician, ambassador, personal fitness trainer, fax expert, human jukebox, domestic abuse counselor, and verbal punching bag. We must keep everything confidential and discreet. Oh, that reservation you booked at Hotels.com (note, folks, that all major hotel chains have a 'best rate guarantee' when you book with them directly) that you now want to change at the hotel; I'm sorry, you've paid Hotels.com, not the hotel. I understand your frustration and confusion but we cannot simply change an agreement you have with a completely seperate entitiy. Think of all that one asks of a hotel and who it all falls on.
Nothing is perfect we do not live in fairy land. Maybe your so stressed out because you think you should be. Take a deep breath.
You move thousands of miles away from family and friends to a strange culture and are struggling to learn an unfamiliar language. In the beginning, embarrassment and awkwardness is an everyday thing. You are sick often as your body struggles to adjust to the food and unsanitary water. You are there to help people, but sense that they are suspicious of you and the process of gaining their trust can be slow and frustrating. You thought it would be like a vacation, but after a month or so, the vacation feeling wore off and reality set in. Add to all of this feelings of isolation, loneliness, homesickness, political upheavals; you get the picture.
Hard work with horrible schedules and shifts ,unhealthy working conditions . Printers usually age quickly from the stress ,are prone to alcohol and / or drug abuse and have been very underpaid since the early 1980's when the industry began going to hell in America much the same way as the Textile industry. Printing while once a good paying industry has sadly become a classic "dead-in job" in America with a very short return for the Printer considering the investment one puts into this incredibly stressful career.
Not only are you the person that has to deal with the most irate customers, but you also have to manage the employees that work for minimum wage and push them to produce more by constant training. You report to customers, employees, and corporate all at once.
A single parents role encompasses that of Father, and Mother, looking after the children, and their needs requires enhanced skills that aren't taught by anyone, but are learnt from meeting the demands of the children. The hardest lessons to learn, are how to say no, and when to say no. The children ALWAYS come first.... but you need some me-time as well, and when there is a child who is ill in the house, you also need to keep yourself well. Skills and experience, make this "job" as rewarding as it is hard, and include the responsibilities, of both a mother, and father, and main carer.
well your hanging off the side of a building working for a company that wants to save money an cut corners look at cranes falling off sides of buildings because of cheap non union contractors . i am union operator >
Railway Engineering is known to be a very stressful job, note the lack of sleep. Shifts can be very long. It is also one of the top 50 jobs that causes workers to get involved with alcohol, to try and remove stress or traumatic events from their minds (hitting and killing people ...)
Unfortunately, alot ( not all) of the children's parents think you have a "gravy" job, staying home with their children while they go out to slave at a "real" job. Many parents tend to take advantage...disregarding pick up times (after all, you have their children...you should be having fun and you don't have any other life...do you?) They bring children to your home that miraculously start running fevers about 3 to 4 hours after their arrival...usually after the Tylenol wears off. "They were fine this morning when they got up!" Runny noses, fussy, diarrhea?...they're cutting teeth. I have some in elementary school whose parents STILL use this excuse. If my children or I end up sick because they bring their children sick and I have to take off to take them to the doctor, I have totally inconvenienced them. They sign contracts then act totally dumb-founded when I try to enforce something in that contract.
Dealing with the scum of the earth. Dealing with intoxicated people. Nobody likes you until they need your help. People want to 'go at you' to prove to their friends they are cool or tough. Always have to be alert and on the ball... Its stressful, but I love it. Best job in the world :)
1. Land a multi-million dollar plane. 2. Onto an Air-craft carrier 2. At night. That's stress!
Without surgical technicians and nurses surgeries would not be possible. It is their job to provide the surgeon with the equipment and supplies needed to save patients lives.
Aircraft landing and taking of all teh time, Huge cables that move and could snap, Prepping aircraft right next to an Air intake that could suck you straight in, possibility or an aircraft crashing, Ammo setting off, etc. i'd seek therapy for sure,
We have it pretty damn tough sometimes! My client from some of the top Fortune 100 companies worldwide will call me with a meeting request. I will then reach out to 50 vendors/suppliers and make it happen! One stop shopping for my client... Pulling of a major event logistically is a bit stressfull. Try moving 8000 guests with 100 motor coaches and 15 hotels smoothly! Thank goodness I love what I do!
Must work to very close tolerance always. No mistakes in work. A bad mistake may cause an expensive scrap, ect.
This job is unfrogiving and thankless when dealing with adults. You make home calls and do not know what is in the neighborhoods, or doors you are kncking on. You deal with people who lack basic education and attempt to motivate them to become law abiding citizens. Some days you fight with people both physically and mentally for 8 hours. You intreact with families and mental health issues that are over whelming. Then you have deadlines the court's the district attorney's and other professionals impose upon you.You wear two hats a lawenforcement officer, and a social worker. The issue is waht hat to put on at the correct time.
It is the number one stressful job and not great pay. You have to work day plus night and full week. Even at home. Try this job yourself !
I CAN NOT BELIEVE NO ONE HAS MENTIONED THIS???? HALF MY ****ING CLIENTS DONT APPRECIATE **** AND THE OTHER HALF EXPECT 40% MORE THAN WHJAT THEIR PROPERTY IS REALLY WORTH! WORST ****ING JOB I DECIDED TO TAKE, OK, I MADE 200K LAST YEAR BUT IS IT WORTH THE SLEEPNESS ****ING NITES!
12-16 hour days. 7 days per week. Never know if/when you will work again. Miss a note--you're not hired again. Practice your instrument 4-8 hours per day from age 6 on. 30K miles of driving per year. No health benefits. Huge expense to buy a decent musical instrument.
These people are the bridge between the customer and the company. A lot of pressure is on them to deliver customer service par excellence and handle the thousands of complaints that customers call in with. This is surely a stressful job.
Trying to fix a tracked robot , that has conked out, while knowing if you cannot fix it the bomb disposal officer will have to suit up and do it by hand . Time problems , fault finding stress, parts issues. Blazing heat, or hostile crowds throwing bricks, soldering iron burns. Guilt and fear. 24 hr call out. NEVER AGAIN
Most of the time nothing happening at work but when it does, things can get stressfull. Most of the time working with idiots who always trying to find a way to get you fired and since its not a union job its easy to get fired. Especially when working with young kids who are your superiors.
Making 100 calls a day to people who don't want to talk to you trying to make appointments for sales people who will go in and get the sale and get the commission..... Soul destroying!!
This by far the most stressful job I have ever had ,we deal with novice drivers along with the general public who are for the most part already bad drivers around us and our novice drivers ,every turn ,,every corner taken, could potentially be our last .Then we have to try and teach every kind of personality ,even those who do not listen to our directions ,and those who do not even understand the basic rules of the road for their lack of understanding of the english language..We have road rager's ,angry motorists ,police and pedestrians,around at all times ,as well as some people who are just stuck on stupid ..
There is the constant threat of being robbed, either by a bank robber or by check fraud. You are responsible for peoples money - solving problems, handling complaints, representing the company's policies and procedures. Not only do you have to know both the teller line and the platform, there are audits, and tests on banking regulations. A single mistake can have devastating consequences for both the customer and employee.
You have to deal with children who have major separation anxiety from their parents. Sitting in a room with 12 babies screaming all at once. Then having to feed about 5 all at the same time. Making sure you remember all their allergies and dietary needs, one can't have dairy products, another is vegetarian, someone isn't allowed nursery baby wipes, someone else can't have a particular type of soothing cream. Some sleep on their backs, some sleep on mats instead of in cots, some sleep with a blacket, some won't go to sleep without being patted. ARGH! It's a nightmare! A horrible life long nightmare!
amount of schooling , and all the phicis you have to learn, and adapt to each individual patients, dealing with claustrophobic(having trouble staying in small spaces) pt's. being responsible for time managemnt,, being involved in emergency medical care of poss. stroke patients-life of death situations, irreversible damages to a stroke pt. if you don't do your job in timely mannor and use proper judgement. having to constantly deal with doctors, nurses, radiologists, respitory car, and ultimately be rsponsible for mri safety of every one in the dept, this job has to be listed as one of the top 20 atleast, if you are a good mri technologist working in a trauma center hospital that has a stroke certification
Neither employers nor workers want to listen to your good advice until there is an incident. Then it is your fault. Extremely high turnover. You know you are the scapegoat when you accept a job!. Absence of a reward system (measure what didnt happen)All smoke in mirrors.
Apparently none of you making this list have ever sold cars. It is one of the most stressful jobs you can have. The managers are just sales people who have been promoted with no actual traning for the position other then how to write a deal. If they can't teach you they just yell at the employees. I'm very supprise I don't see the dept of labor involved more in car dealers.
I transitioned over from being a banker, making a salary, with an expected paycheck every two weeks, with full benefits paid for, 401(k) at that time matching up to 15% with $1.00 for $1.00 (1979), three weeks off, (paid) vacation, 12 personal days off for necessary child care, elder care, or personal days. Now, because of a choice of an emergency for 2 years I was the unpaid caregiver for my mother with Alzheimer's Disease, she now has declined to the point of needing 24 hour care, and burnout is especially high in this field. I am now a paid/non paid/volunteer for this same profession. Those that do this profession do not do it for the money. We typically start out, because of no choice, financial, then when time moves on, we realize the gratitude of this position, just helping one or two people in society (no benefits, no paid days off (if working as self-employed, then the agency does not get 1/2 of your salary). You can create your own hours, and this has to be the most fulfilling, and stressful job in my life. It will be what I do for the rest of my life. It takes a village, and I am part of that caring village.
Deadlines, And no help and the district I work for just wants money no thought process on how planning hekps contribute in wriring a good grant
Listening to lawyers mumble all day and trying to type what they are saying is hell. Legal documents that are really really long and so boring too. And not to forget that everything is super urgent and then you get the queue jumpers and lawyers bullying you into doing their work first and also female lawyers are the worst bullies. Sheer hell.
You are dealing with people's money. They don't get paid correctly they are ready to burn you at the stake!!! Trying to please the employee while explaining to them "oh well our insurance doesn't cover that." Even though you pay half your paycheck to have insurance they aren't very happy. People don't see anything you do other than I am eight hours short but I have been paid corrctly for the last 6 years but it's that B*%@* fault and now I will starve my family!!!! Really??? REALLY?????
Coordinating cleaning, building and grounds maintenance around the set up of nightly/ daily sporting and educational events creates ulcers and is a thankless job. Not only do you have to make sure the paperwork is done properly, you still have to clean up the messes that are created thru-out the day. Most of the messes are created by parents and teachers, not the students. Nobody thanks you for what you do they treat you like you are a second class citizen and you are never included in anything.
Anyone thinking this job is easy will be in for a shock, dealing with customer complaints never was anyone's cup of tea. The majority of retail staff smoke due the stress of this role.
Continuously short staffed due to the stressful nature of the job (71 officers resign in the US per fortnight). Expected to catch all drugs, terrorists, weapons, etc while ensuring the speedy faciliation of people, cargo, vehicles. Border Patrol in particular have to deal with Mexican violence, border bandits, etc. Always being abused by the traveling public. Remembered for their failures but never their successes. They do the work of Immigration, Customs, Police, Search and Rescue, Agriculture for low wage. You wouldn't catch me working for them!
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