No stress in academia?

Professor ranked as one of the least stressful jobs.

Inside Higher Ed has a report on an annual work survey which again names Professor as a low-stress job.

This year’s report ranks university professor the No. 4 least-stressful job, behind audiologist, hair stylist and jeweler. Seamstress/tailor, dietician, medical records technician, librarian, multimedia artist and drill press operator round out the top 10 least stressful jobs. The No. 1 most stressful job is enlisted member of the military, followed by military general. Unlike last year – when adjunct professors pointed out that uncertain employment and low per-course pay were particularly stressful aspects of their jobs – the ranking notes that it refers specifically to tenured professors.

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The 11 factors considered  for each of the 200 careers reviewed are as follows:

  • Travel (the more travel, the higher the stress)
  • Growth potential (dead-end jobs tend to create more stress)
  • Deadlines
  • Working in the public eye
  • Competitiveness within the organization
  • Physical demands
  • Environmental conditions
  • Own life at risk
  • Hazards encountered
  • Meeting the public
  • Life of another is at risk

Given the criteria used it is perhaps not that surprising a result. However, it does not feel remotely accurate or seem at all like the other “low-stress” jobs ranked with it. Whilst academia is a long way from the most stressful jobs in front-line military roles the ranking here doesn’t quite seem to capture the realities of what can be highly challenging work.

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