Nuclear bombshell on stress

8th December 2000 at 00:00
MOST people these days accept that teaching is one of the most stressful occupations, writes Amanda Kelly.

But it may still come as a surprise to learn that working in a classroom is more likely to send the blood pressure soaring than working next to a nuclear reactor.

That is the worrying claim of a new book that ranks 250 careers taking into account factors such as salary, physical demands and lifestyle. The guide lists teaching as more stressful than working as a decontamination technician at a nuclear plant.

Ranked by "conduciveness" of working environment, teachers are worse off than maids, waiters and car mechanis Overall, teaching fails even to make it into the top 100 most desirable careers. At 119 on the ladder, the profession is sandwiched between that of a surgeon and an artist. It is judged to be a much less desirable option than being a tax collector, an air hostess or a financial planner.

But take heart. A life in the classroom is ranked 16 places higher than being a vending-machine repairer, 51 places above a newspaper reporter and 141 places above a fisherman.

The table of rankings is contained in the latest edition of the Jobs Rated Almanac, an American guide that aims to help readers choose the right career.

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