Feeling under the weather? It could be your job.
If health matters to you, there are a few jobs you might want to avoid.
That’s the heads-up from health.com, which has published a list of what it thinks are the worst jobs for your health. (They’ve also covered off the best, but let’s get the bad news out of the way first).
- Firefighter/police officer: Danger, high stress levels, long hours, sleep deprivation and poor eating habits make these two of the worst jobs for people’s health.
- Manual labourer: No surprises here. Working with heavy objects and machinery is risky.
- Health care shift worker: Nurses and emergency room doctors often find themselves graphic with sleep disorders and elevated stress hormones, among other problems.
- Desk jockey: “A growing body of evidence suggests that the sedentary, indoor lifestyle of office workers is still among the top threats to long-term health and wellness,” health.com says.
- Lawyer: Long hours and loads of stress pretty much sums it up.
- Service and retail worker: These jobs can be physically stressful and unrewarding, health.com says.
- Enlisted soldier: Besides the risk of getting shot at, soldiers can face psychological abuse and long periods away from loved ones.
- Transportation worker: Truck, bus and taxi drivers spend long hours cooped up in vehicles often eating unhealthy food. Schedules can also make for poor sleep patterns.
Executives and freelancers rejoice, right? Not so fast, health.com says. These are two jobs that have the potential to be among the best for your health or worst, depending on how people go about their business.
For freelancers, there’s potential for a better work/life balance, but there’s added stress around things like holiday pay and retirement, which are part of the pay cheque in full-time employment.
For execs, there’s the chance of great job satisfaction but as prestige and pay rise, so too do hours and stress. As health.com concludes: “Find the right position to suit your personality ... to be a productive, happier and healthier employee”.
And now for the best jobs for your health:
- Fitness instructor
- Software engineer (yes, really)
- Insurance worker
- Allied health professional
- Government employee
- Administrative assistant