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2012-04-13 06:30:19 AM  

Riche: What? No middle school teacher under most stressful?


Looking at the list, not even close.
//Really, event coordinator? I guess that is mostly around the small period of time in their jobs that the event is actually occurring, but from the laid back event coordinators that I know, it is very strange to see it on the list.
 
2012-04-13 06:30:53 AM  
Most stressful

Corporate Executive (Senior)

Depends on the company and how successful it is, I guess. But sitting around not doing dick can't be too stressful in either case. Maybe they include the ass kissing to get there.


Speaking as a "Corporate Executive (Senior)" it does depend on the company. I busted my ass to make it to the point where I got noticed, then got brought in by a great CEO. Things were great. Then, a year later, the CEO left. The board replaced him with a total psychopath from a different industry. It's very stressful going to a job you hate, for a boss you hate, in a company whose future (once bright) has been destroyed.

Yeah, I'm looking for a new job but that's the problem with high-level jobs, there aren't many and you get used to the salary. So the choices are: stay where you hate your job until you find something equivalent elsewhere ; take a step backwards in salary and responsibility.
 
2012-04-13 06:34:34 AM  

Valarius: kendelrio: Valarius: Believe it or not, I'm a newspaper journalism student. *Everyone* told me to switch to another job that pays better, or at least another branch of journalism.

Out of college, and I'm currently employed as a lab tech for a company that makes plastic liner for mining companies. I work between 40 and 72 hours a week, sometimes more. My paycheck is at minimum 400 a week, and my boss wants to hire me full time for more money.

I'd rather be a reporter living on food stamps.

40-70 hours a week and your check is $400.00? Is that net or gross?

It's been a while since I made that and I honestly applaud you for being able to do it, but I don't think I could budget for that any more.

/good on you
/no snark


It's... the one where I get my pay after taxes and my temp agency takes its 10% cut. Apparently it would be higher if I didn't have taxes deducted. Full-timers make one-half more, to about double, what I get paid for the same work.

But dude, it is very tiring.


you sound like youre getting raped. over 40hrs a week and your take home is 400? thats what at best 13 an hour? i hope you live in a cheap state! :)

then again the americans are so good at raping themselves and feeling gratfeful about it. to sound all marxisty for a moment, its amazing to me how so many americans are "grateful" for their own exploitation and willingly prostitute themselves for The Man for no benefits, no time off, no job security, and are GRATEFUL.

and then these same people look over across the atlantic at people in France Germany Netherlands etc who do the same jobs, but have job security, benefits, 20-30 vacation days a year in addition to sickleave, retirement etc etc... and sneer at them for being "socialists".

The American Worker has been voting against his own self interest and been getting screwed for so long its like theyve adopted a type of economic Stockholm Syndrome with the guys at the top who are screwing them.
 
2012-04-13 06:38:28 AM  

kendelrio: Keep in mind "oil rig worker" refers to roustabouts. (n00bs). Like any other job, the longer you put in, the more knowledge you get, the better your pay.

After 5-7 years it's entirely possible to be making anywhere from 50-70k working equal time.


50-70k? After 5-7 years? In a dirty, dangerous job away from home for weeks at a time? That's a pretty shiatty profession.
 
2012-04-13 06:45:10 AM  

Bad_Seed: kendelrio: Keep in mind "oil rig worker" refers to roustabouts. (n00bs). Like any other job, the longer you put in, the more knowledge you get, the better your pay.

After 5-7 years it's entirely possible to be making anywhere from 50-70k working equal time.

50-70k? After 5-7 years? In a dirty, dangerous job away from home for weeks at a time? That's a pretty shiatty profession.


You haven't been on any of the new oil rigs have you?

Dangerous, relatively, away from home? Not that bad. Dirty? By no stretch of the imagination.

Granted, there are some nasty rigs, by by and large they are cleaner than your house.
 
2012-04-13 06:54:58 AM  
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Why do you have to make everything suck, subby?
 
2012-04-13 06:57:01 AM  

gamalong: Most stressful

Corporate Executive (Senior)

Depends on the company and how successful it is, I guess. But sitting around not doing dick can't be too stressful in either case. Maybe they include the ass kissing to get there.

Speaking as a "Corporate Executive (Senior)" it does depend on the company. I busted my ass to make it to the point where I got noticed, then got brought in by a great CEO. Things were great. Then, a year later, the CEO left. The board replaced him with a total psychopath from a different industry. It's very stressful going to a job you hate, for a boss you hate, in a company whose future (once bright) has been destroyed.

Yeah, I'm looking for a new job but that's the problem with high-level jobs, there aren't many and you get used to the salary. So the choices are: stay where you hate your job until you find something equivalent elsewhere ; take a step backwards in salary and responsibility.


At one of my last jobs the senior executive IT guy had made a ton of money as part of some startup that they managed to sell back before the tech bubble burst around 2000. He had had some big, impressive, shiny title at his last job, but the problem was that it was a company with about 6 employees, so he didn't know how to do a damn thing. He drove a Porsche, which started looking particularly douchey back in 2008 when they started laying people off. I got out of there ASAP.
 
2012-04-13 06:57:12 AM  
This is one of those "news reports" where some writer tries to fill column inches and succeeds.
Does not do much else though.
 
2012-04-13 07:01:36 AM  

KrispyKritter: fusillade762: #2. Actuary

So deciding who gets lifesaving medical treatments and who doesn't is a great job? Is it populated primarily by psychopaths?

as there is insurance for most everything actuaries often work on spotting emerging trends of industry to maximize ROI. insurance companies are directly responsible for improvements of many products and processes resulting in less damage and destruction to people and places. you have to be a pretty smart cookie to do actuary work.


All I'm saying is if the guy in Fight Club had the second best job in the world, then I'm either worried about civilization, or more worried than usual about Chuck Pahlaniak
 
2012-04-13 07:01:43 AM  

kqc7011: This is one of those "news reports" where some writer tries to fill column inches and succeeds.
Does not do much else though.


And manages to get his job on the worst list.

Reporter for newspaper.
 
2012-04-13 07:04:21 AM  

Mugato: Most stressful

Corporate Executive (Senior)

Depends on the company and how successful it is, I guess. But sitting around not doing dick can't be too stressful in either case. Maybe they include the ass kissing to get there.


You sound bitter.
 
2012-04-13 07:04:49 AM  

#9: Computer Systems Analyst

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YES!!



Okay, now seriously, let's have a look. *Checks List*

Bullshiat on "most stressful" category. My buddy flew the C5 Galaxy for years in the Air Force (during war time) and now flies commercial airlines. Always said it was / is the easiest piece-of-cake work he's ever done. And where's "teacher" on that list? My neighbor is the dean of 8th grades for an inner-city school district. I can absolutely guarantee his stress is higher than, say, a corporate executive. You can give me some reasoning like "Blah blah blah, millions of dollars, livelihood of his employees" etc, but we both know that's crap. At least I do from experience.
 
2012-04-13 07:07:02 AM  
And, take a look at the most stressful jobs. You may be surprised.

Anyone else not surprised at all?

At least I made the list of the best, but it's also very stressful because I have to fly. A lot. Flying these days is very stressful for me.
 
2012-04-13 07:11:42 AM  
actuaries are in very high demand, and relatively few people go into the field.

demand is so great that in many countries actuaries exempt from work visa requirements.
 
2012-04-13 07:21:10 AM  

kendelrio: Valarius: kendelrio: Valarius: Believe it or not, I'm a newspaper journalism student. *Everyone* told me to switch to another job that pays better, or at least another branch of journalism.

Out of college, and I'm currently employed as a lab tech for a company that makes plastic liner for mining companies. I work between 40 and 72 hours a week, sometimes more. My paycheck is at minimum 400 a week, and my boss wants to hire me full time for more money.

I'd rather be a reporter living on food stamps.

40-70 hours a week and your check is $400.00? Is that net or gross?

It's been a while since I made that and I honestly applaud you for being able to do it, but I don't think I could budget for that any more.

/good on you
/no snark


It's... the one where I get my pay after taxes and my temp agency takes its 10% cut. Apparently it would be higher if I didn't have taxes deducted. Full-timers make one-half more, to about double, what I get paid for the same work.

But dude, it is very tiring.

Net.

I bet it is..... If you get hired full-time the good thing is the temp company is out of the picture. I worked industrial temp for a while and it was nice to be able to call in and tell them " not available", but yeah, that shiat gets old....


Depends on where you live, too. I started at about $500/week net when I worked for the federal government in DC, and money was pretty tight because of the cost of living. (This was also just as the jobs market began to crater, so my wife wasn't working.) Mercifully the feds are pretty good about giving you increases in grade level during the first three years, so by the time I left, pay was about twice that.

Profile says he's in Nevada (I'm assuming the Vegas area), so $400/week is pretty terrible. I'd guess a 50% bump would make life a lot easier, and 100% without the temp cut would put him in great shape.
 
2012-04-13 07:23:54 AM  
Didn't someone invent commas to separate list items?
 
2012-04-13 07:25:16 AM  
Audiologist? Really? I can't see it being a bad job, but it certainly does scream THIS IS WHAT I LIVE FOR!
 
2012-04-13 07:25:53 AM  

markie_farkie: We were in Maui in 2009, and I chatted up the hotdog cart vendor guy at the Marriott. He said his spot (had to rent access to their pool customers) went for $120 a day, and he was still clearing close to $300 in profit for 6 hours' work. He said weekends were typically crappier, since people were either flying in or leaving, so he let some other guy take those, and paid the rent just to keep the contract.

After watching him for several hours, raking in cash, I totally believed him.


What a hotdog vendor may look like:

www.rowthree.com
 
2012-04-13 07:34:57 AM  

Father_Jack: where is "fluffer"? i would like to see that ranked.


I imagine you have to enjoy giving blowjobs to get in that line of work, so it wouldn't bother you. It's not like someone goes "Man I'm having a hard time finding a job. Well I guess I'll get some part time job. Now, should I go work at a gas station or give blowjobs on a porno set? Hmmmmm choices"


Oh and I'm only part time at the third worst. Booyah.
 
2012-04-13 07:39:54 AM  

Tat'dGreaser: Father_Jack: where is "fluffer"? i would like to see that ranked.

I imagine you have to enjoy giving blowjobs to get in that line of work, so it wouldn't bother you. It's not like someone goes "Man I'm having a hard time finding a job. Well I guess I'll get some part time job. Now, should I go work at a gas station or give blowjobs on a porno set? Hmmmmm choices"


Oh and I'm only part time at the third worst. Booyah.


well! i never said where *i* would rank it, now did i.

i for one would love to have a fluffer on my staff. get out of a tough escalation meeting and have to have a 15min closed door session with svetlana the 19yr old fluffer/admin assistent? i could live with that.
 
2012-04-13 07:40:17 AM  

mamoru: Huh. I would have thought that being a lumberjack was okay. You sleep all night and you work all day. :-/


Plus there's the whole woman's clothing thing.

So sub, how do you sleep at night knowing you are loathed by the rest of the organization?
 
2012-04-13 07:42:08 AM  
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2012-04-13 07:45:30 AM  

The Envoy: Sorry subby, I don't know what it's like in the States, but here in the UK HR is the backwater where dimwit PA's who think they're smarter than they actually are end up. I deal with HR departments at all my clients and I find them to be 99% filled with vacuous, lazy, stupid, opinionated, ignorant and supercilious biatches, whether it's a government department or a private company.


THIS! HR in the US is full of incompetent fools as well, 95% of them with no clue what they are doing, no clue on how to interview (when actually hiring), and a huge amount of self importance.
 
2012-04-13 07:50:05 AM  
Best job: One you love.
Worst job: One you hate.

Here endeth the lesson.
 
2012-04-13 07:50:40 AM  
This triple list fails for not having Air Traffic Controller under the stressful category.

/Professionally trained to yell at airplanes.
 
2012-04-13 07:51:19 AM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: mamoru: Huh. I would have thought that being a lumberjack was okay. You sleep all night and you work all day. :-/

Plus there's the whole woman's clothing thing.

So sub, how do you sleep at night knowing you are loathed by the rest of the organization?


OhioUGrad: The Envoy: Sorry subby, I don't know what it's like in the States, but here in the UK HR is the backwater where dimwit PA's who think they're smarter than they actually are end up. I deal with HR departments at all my clients and I find them to be 99% filled with vacuous, lazy, stupid, opinionated, ignorant and supercilious biatches, whether it's a government department or a private company.

THIS! HR in the US is full of incompetent fools as well, 95% of them with no clue what they are doing, no clue on how to interview (when actually hiring), and a huge amount of self importance.


man theres a lot of HR hate in this thread. lol!

i always liked the HR dept in my companies... its usually staffed with 22-28yr old "talent" which is easy on the eyes. And since they never stay more than a year or so there was always a fresh pair of somethin or others to oggle and hit on at holiday parties. marketing depts were similar except they were more annoying to deal with because we actually had to listen to them and try to make sense of they wanted and work with them.

now, the dept y'all should be gettin yer hate on over is CONTROLLING. God i HATE those guys.
 
2012-04-13 07:51:21 AM  

Father_Jack: Tat'dGreaser: Father_Jack: where is "fluffer"? i would like to see that ranked.

I imagine you have to enjoy giving blowjobs to get in that line of work, so it wouldn't bother you. It's not like someone goes "Man I'm having a hard time finding a job. Well I guess I'll get some part time job. Now, should I go work at a gas station or give blowjobs on a porno set? Hmmmmm choices"


Oh and I'm only part time at the third worst. Booyah.

well! i never said where *i* would rank it, now did i.

i for one would love to have a fluffer on my staff. get out of a tough escalation meeting and have to have a 15min closed door session with svetlana the 19yr old fluffer/admin assistent? i could live with that.


*narrows eyes*

Wait, that's not why interns are kept around?

Well then, I'll brb need to go visit HR.
 
2012-04-13 07:52:58 AM  
1. Me
2. Daughter

I guess we're doing alright then.
 
2012-04-13 07:54:16 AM  

BumpInTheNight: Father_Jack: Tat'dGreaser: Father_Jack: where is "fluffer"? i would like to see that ranked.

I imagine you have to enjoy giving blowjobs to get in that line of work, so it wouldn't bother you. It's not like someone goes "Man I'm having a hard time finding a job. Well I guess I'll get some part time job. Now, should I go work at a gas station or give blowjobs on a porno set? Hmmmmm choices"


Oh and I'm only part time at the third worst. Booyah.

well! i never said where *i* would rank it, now did i.

i for one would love to have a fluffer on my staff. get out of a tough escalation meeting and have to have a 15min closed door session with svetlana the 19yr old fluffer/admin assistent? i could live with that.

*narrows eyes*

Wait, that's not why interns are kept around?

Well then, I'll brb need to go visit HR.


no theyre there for that too, but they usually cry during the whole thing and cost more to keep quiet afterwards. the fluffers are GLAD to be there. its part of their job.

they sue you less than interns do, unless they have a good amount of daddy issues.
 
2012-04-13 07:54:40 AM  

flamingboar: Whar Janitors whar!?


You think a janitor is just some untouchable peasant? Peon? Huh? Maybe so, but following a broom around after shiatheads like us for as long as they have they've learned a couple of things...they look through our letters, they look through our lockers...they listen to our conversations, you don't know that but I do..they are the eyes and ears of the institutions my friends.

/Gotta go, my clock is twenty minutes fast.
 
2012-04-13 07:55:54 AM  

Father_Jack: i always liked the HR dept in my companies... its usually staffed with 22-28yr old "talent" which is easy on the eyes. And since they never stay more than a year or so there was always a fresh pair of somethin or others to oggle and hit on at holiday parties.


Big head ruled by little head.
 
2012-04-13 07:56:02 AM  
I would think making a list such as most stressful would be very subjective. How can you truly know what is most stressful unless you walk in everyone's shoes?

Not to mention, what may be stressful to one person may be a breeze to others. I know they probably go by statistics like average age of death, and what kind of stress related illnesses people have in relation to what job, but still, statistics can't give all the relevant info considering you can never get solid test subjects that may or may not be influenced by other factors.
 
2012-04-13 07:56:07 AM  
...looking....looking... hmmm, don't see jizz-mopper.





/#1 on the list, biatches!!
 
2012-04-13 07:57:00 AM  
With democrats craming their queer sex fetish agenda on us normal people, you'd think Glory Hole Repairmen would've made the list.
 
GCD
2012-04-13 07:57:36 AM  
I have one of the most "stressful" jobs - firefighter - except I think that it belongs under the "best" jobs category.

There are some calls that bother me (ie: kids), but for the most part, I absolutely LOVE getting up in the morning and going to work.
 
2012-04-13 07:57:40 AM  

PainInTheASP: flamingboar: Whar Janitors whar!?

You think a janitor is just some untouchable peasant? Peon? Huh? Maybe so, but following a broom around after shiatheads like us for as long as they have they've learned a couple of things...they look through our letters, they look through our lockers...they listen to our conversations, you don't know that but I do..they are the eyes and ears of the institutions my friends.

/Gotta go, my clock is twenty minutes fast.


That's social. Demented and sad, but social.

/WELL DONE, man! *golf clap*
//does anyone under 30 even remember that?
 
2012-04-13 07:59:49 AM  

mekkab: //does anyone under 30 even remember that?


They farking should do.

/I taped Larry Lester's buns together.
 
2012-04-13 08:01:06 AM  

wildcardjack: This triple list fails for not having Air Traffic Controller under the stressful category.

/Professionally trained to yell at airplanes.


for reals? So you know the VFR On Top isn't actually a VFR clearance? (that one gets all the newbs!)

Enroute? Tracon? Tower?


/depending on your answer, I may/may not be one of the guys that makes your life worse
//especially this weekend if you are west of the mighty Mississippi
 
2012-04-13 08:06:27 AM  
Computer System Analyst? Not only is that a term 20 years out of date, but you get to work 60-90 hour weeks (I have heard of 120 hours for one project) with pressure to put things into place at the last second with few requirements and then get blamed when they are done wrong. While you won't get crushed by a tree, I have seen people need stitches from racking servers and at least one broken bone as well. Then there's the folks who are on 24x7 call and get woken at 3AM while on vacation to solve issues. It's not a "worst" job, but no way in hell it goes on the best list.
 
2012-04-13 08:06:32 AM  

The Envoy: Sorry subby, I don't know what it's like in the States, but here in the UK HR is the backwater where dimwit PA's who think they're smarter than they actually are end up.


So, the United States is the same. HR is basically where men who aren't competent enough to become high school guidance counselors and women who aren't pretty enough to be pharmaceutical reps end up working.
 
2012-04-13 08:07:15 AM  
I'll take The Occupational Rapist for 500, Trebek.
 
2012-04-13 08:13:48 AM  
Woooo! #1 best job! Envy me!

/Just got into work
//When coffee wears off, #1 job will feel overrated again
 
2012-04-13 08:16:42 AM  

PC LOAD LETTER: Computer System Analyst? Not only is that a term 20 years out of date, but you get to work 60-90 hour weeks (I have heard of 120 hours for one project) with pressure to put things into place at the last second with few requirements and then get blamed when they are done wrong. While you won't get crushed by a tree, I have seen people need stitches from racking servers and at least one broken bone as well. Then there's the folks who are on 24x7 call and get woken at 3AM while on vacation to solve issues. It's not a "worst" job, but no way in hell it goes on the best list.


Computer System Analyst is a pretty broad term, and no two jobs with that title are anywhere near the same, but I would have to say I agree that it is one of the best jobs around from my own experience.
 
2012-04-13 08:20:59 AM  

GCD: I have one of the most "stressful" jobs - firefighter - except I think that it belongs under the "best" jobs category.

There are some calls that bother me (ie: kids), but for the most part, I absolutely LOVE getting up in the morning and going to work.


Don't you mostly just sit around the club house and play COD? It does sound pretty sweet, especially when you consider retiring at 40 with a full pension.
 
2012-04-13 08:22:29 AM  
I assume they mean REAL software engineer and not programmer.

Ditto systems analyst.

/Still, I got the greenlight to make games on company time yesterday
 
2012-04-13 08:23:37 AM  
Pretty sure that list will get your ass kicked where I work, dude.
 
2012-04-13 08:24:05 AM  

The Envoy: Father_Jack: i always liked the HR dept in my companies... its usually staffed with 22-28yr old "talent" which is easy on the eyes. And since they never stay more than a year or so there was always a fresh pair of somethin or others to oggle and hit on at holiday parties.

Big head ruled by little head.


ruled by little head, ok ill take that one, shoe/fits wear it etc, but big head? was just stating how i saw it.
 
2012-04-13 08:24:35 AM  

bangmaid: Being a photojournalist is stressful. Except when I get to nap in the news van.

Then it's ok.


Har. I used to nap in the darkroom.
 
2012-04-13 08:28:46 AM  

Valarius: Believe it or not, I'm a newspaper journalism student. *Everyone* told me to switch to another job that pays better, or at least another branch of journalism.

Out of college, and I'm currently employed as a lab tech for a company that makes plastic liner for mining companies. I work between 40 and 72 hours a week, sometimes more. My paycheck is at minimum 400 a week, and my boss wants to hire me full time for more money.

I'd rather be a reporter living on food stamps.


I suppose newspaper and tv reporting are very different, but they are both circling the drain in terms of pay, ethics, and quality of journalism.

I've worked in tv for 8 years. I used to be really passionate about it. It was challenging for a while, until you realize news managers don't care about quality journalism or creative storytelling (tv)... Working under a deadline is stressful. The pay sucks, and journalists nowadays do what 3 people used to (reporters are carrying cameras now, in large markets like ny and dc)

I've worked with a lot of established reporters (in large markets) that leave to go follow another passion: architecture, IT, etc)

I think it's like any job... If its stressful and you feel under appreciated, you'll move on and look for a more lucerative opportunity.
 
2012-04-13 08:29:43 AM  
Master's degree in Chemistry. Salary of a lumberjack. Where did I go wrong.
 
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