Most Demanding Jobs: Firefighters, Surgeons and Senior Execs

June 19, 2009 – Firefighters, surgeons and senior corporate executives are among the nation’s most demanding jobs, according to a new study. While firefighter was ranked first as the most all-around demanding job, surgeon and senior corporate executive rank second and third, followed by police officer. Also on the list of the most demanding are oil pipeline/rigger workers, sailors, general practice physicians and psychiatrists. “Obviously the physical demands of any blue-collar job are much higher than any white-collar position,” said Tony Lee, publisher of “But when you factor in the average work week and the stress most white-collar employees endure, it evens the playing field considerably. And although blue- and white-collar workers may feel lucky to be employed in today’s economy, if the stress gets to be too much for them to handle, they can burn out quickly.” The most demanding jobs lists were compiled using Department of Labor data and’s Jobs Rated data. The length of the average workweek, stress scores and physical demands of blue- and white-collar jobs were assessed and then ranked for each occupation., created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers local, niche and national job listings from across North America, as well as HR-focused editorial content, and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 500 niche career sites.

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