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Do these help anybody?

Fox News put out one of thousands of such useless lists made every year, one that lists 11 high-stress jobs.

It is an old link but the thought is still there.

I am all for lists.  Engineers couldn’t function without lists.  But there are lists and there are lists.  Some you just throw around to keep track of a pool of things that you should get around to.  Other lists are highly critical must-do-now things.  Still others are “I have to look like I’m doing something in this meeting besides napping” kinds of affairs.

Lists of B.S. things are meant for our entertainment.  But some lists (like the one shown below) are meant to be useful when it is so incomplete in so many ways, self-evident in many, and completely arbitrary in others, and are next to useless.

Lists of High-Stress Jobs?

Doctor/nurse, Farmer, Teacher, Firefighter, Combat Soldier, Air Traffic Controller, Restaurant Manager, Stockbroker, Probation Officer, Accountant, Salesperson.

What good does it do to pick those?

What about cops, pilots, engineers, factory workers, seamstress, chemists, lawyers, etc. etc.? They all have to get it right, too. plenty of other people willing to take their place.

I’d argue that pretty darned near ANY job can be high-stress.  And the amount of stress one experiences depends to an extremely high degree how much you give a rat’s ass about the quality of your work and how imminent death or layoffs are.  There are some people who are genetically gifted and their body rejects stress like water off a duck’s back – and some who thrive on it like e-coli in a meat packing plant.

Are all window-washer jobs the same?  What about guards?   Cashiers?   Chicken sexers?   Librarians?  The list goes on.  But are they all cut-and-dried?  Hell no!

I’m out to lunch on the following jobs, thinking they might be pretty low-stress, however.

Dog groomer, jelly donut filler, balloon-filler, donkey fluffer…


Oh yeah, on the way home one wank on NPR said critical jobs with the CDC are not open because of the republicans, adding two nightmare scenarios: Lyme Disease or West Nile outbreak.



yeah, the Lyme Disease Plague of  1993 was pretty bad.  Gotta be watchful of that, just like Ebola.

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