Trucking and Stress
By David A. Kolman
Trucking is a stressful job. There are the constant time pressures; steady, heavy traffic; knucklehead drivers; unreasonable shippers, receivers, dispatchers and fleet managers; and many more causes of aggravations and anxiety.
If there was a ranking of the most stressful jobs, I would bet trucking would be in the top 10.
Well, there is such a ranking. And, to my astonishment, trucking didn’t even make the cut. Glad I’m not a betting man.
The ranking, done by Internet career site CareerCast.com, had as the top five most stressful jobs:
2. senior corporate executive
3. taxi driver
5. police officer
Next came, in order: commercial pilot, highway patrol officer, public relations officer, advertising account executive and real estate agent.
Granted, many of these professions can be demanding. However, I believe being a trucker is way more stressful than being an advertising account executive, real estate agent or public relations officer – unless you’re with an organization that has to deal with a crisis situation like BP.
In case you’re wondering, the 10 least stressful jobs, according to another CareerCast.com ranking, are:
1. musical instrument repairer
2. medical records technician
4. forklift operator
5. appliance repairer
6. medical secretary
9. piano tuner