In what may come as no surprise to members of the fire service, a new report from CareerCast.com, a job database that also offers career advice for employees, ranked firefighting as the third most stressful job in the U.S. for 2013. Topping the list were enlisted military personnel, followed by military generals. (By comparison, university professors have the least amount of job stressors, according to the report.)
The rankings were determined by analyzing 200 different professions, measuring work environment, job competitiveness, and job risks. The report cites an NFPA analysis linking the stress of firefighting with heart attacks or other sudden cardiac events.
Provisions in NFPA 1500, Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program, address the harmful effects of job-related stress through the development of a Critical Incident Stress Program. Focusing on incidents affecting firefighters’ psychological and physical well-being, the program deals with fatalities involving children, mass casualties, and injuries involving colleagues.
For more information on the most and least stressful job professions, read the CareerCast.com report.