The Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs In South Africa

Is your job one of the most stressful jobs in South Africa? Take a look at the results of the most 10 stressful jobs – some are surprising!
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Published: Sunday, February 19th 2017
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Pharma Dynamics, a mental wellness advocate company has released some interesting results from a survey on the most stressful jobs in South Africa. The survey aimed to measure job-related stress triggers such as:
  • Physical and mental demands of a job
  • How much travelling is required
  • Whether it entails working long hours
  • Being exposed to public scrutiny
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Generally what tasks are associated with various professions
Mariska van Aswegen, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics had the following to say, "To some, certain occupations might not appear stressful. But, in reality, they are. Sitting behind a desk all day might seem like a cosy job. But, many white-collar professions can produce an enormous amount of stress."

Results Of The Survey

A total of 2000 respondents completed the online survey with some interesting results. A commercial pilot was the number one stressful job in South Africa, whilst a hairdresser and farmer followed in second and third place. Hairdressers face intense competition, unmanageable deadlines, and the constant pressure of working in the public eye. They are also exposed to unhealthy fumes and noise, and work in a fast-paced environment, which can lead to high levels of anxiety. While the idea of living on a farm may seem like the most relaxing job out there. In reality, droughts, the weakening economy, and the physical requirement of farming can contribute to high levels of stress.
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The Most Stressful Jobs In South Africa

Number Profession Stress Score
1 Pilot 3.74
2 Hairstylist 3.00
3 Farmer 2.98
4 Film director 2.89
5 Nurse 2.89
6 Police officer 2.86
7 Corporate executive 2.79
8 CEO 2.79
9 Doctor 2.74
10 Singer 2.71
 
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Stress Is An Unwelcome Part Of Any Profession

Van Aswegen says, even though not all jobs require the same level of stress and effort, stress remains an unwelcome part of any profession.
“Of particular concern, however, is the high level of stress that participants across various career fields reported. More than 31% referred to their jobs as extremely stressful, 40% described their job-stress as mild, while only 29% cited work-stress as manageable. “Chronic stress can have a long-term effect on the mind and body. When stress starts interfering with your ability to live a normal life, it becomes even more dangerous. Chronic stress may also cause disease, either because of changes in your body or overeating, smoking, and other bad habits people use to cope with stress. If you experience constant job strain, it increases the stress hormone, cortisol, which affects many brain functions and could in turn increase your risk of depression and anxiety. “To many, persistent stress and anxiety are a normal part of life. But it shouldn’t be. Make a point of measuring how much stress is in your life by identifying the situations that cause it most, how often these occur, and what you can do to prevent it,” advises van Aswegen.

How To Manage Your Stress 

  1. Walk away when you are angry before reacting.
  2. Exercise – physical activity increases the production of endorphins, which will give your mood an instant boost.
  3. Rest your mind by turning off multi-media devices completely, or at least limiting screen time.
  4. Reach out to friends and family by letting them know you’re having a tough time at work.
  5. Make time for enjoyable activities every day.
  6. Get enough shut-eye – at least eight hours a night.
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