Is Your Career Choice Likely To Make You Depressed?

A recent study released the 10 careers with the highest rate of depression. Even if you do find yourself in one of these careers, no one is suggesting you up and quit tomorrow. Deborah Legge, PhD, who is a licensed mental health counselor, suggests that in being aware of your high-stress position will give you a “greater chance of managing it” and the key to effective management is taking care of yourself and getting the necessary help when you need it.

Among those on the list were nursing, food service, financial advisors and accountants, as well as teachers. The list, in its entirety, does make a lot of sense, but I think it’s missing one career in particular: flight attendant.

With the food service industry on the list, it was surprising that being a flight attendant wasn’t on there, too. Not only do they deal, to a degree, with being servers, but they’re servers in the air where they have to also deal with narrow aisles and peoples’ fears of flying. And depending on the length of the flight, they could be stuck with a nasty passenger for hours, whereas a waiter in a restaurant can say goodbye to an evil customer after a meal.

Remember Steven Slater? It’s not like someone has such a public breakdown without being pushed to the edge by the components of their career. Someone please add flight attendant to the list.

What would you add?

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