Nurses often have major depressive episodes. This is mainly because the nature of the job requires one to be responsible for and tend to sick or elderly people. Most times these people may not recover and are incapable of expressing how they feel. Nurses have no positive feedback on their jobs, they have no performance reviews and are constantly surrounded by pain and sickness. So next time you happen to meet a nurse, say something nice to make them feel appreciated.
Sales workers have very challenging jobs. They’re constantly chasing targets and have to convince people into buying things to make a living. Since most sales people are hired on a commission basis, it becomes difficult for them to predict their earnings. Some sales people have to constantly travel, so they spend a lot of time away from friends and family. Although successful sales people who have learnt the art of convincing customers are doing well, but a majority of them still struggle with uncertainty and depression.
Bankers, stock brokers, financial advisors and accountants are often highly stressed or depressed. This is because they handle other people’s finances. One mistake can be devastating for these professionals. Apart from this, BFSI professionals are direct witness to money disparity. A banking professional who’s probably earning an average salary will be handling the finances of a super-rich client. This can play a lot on the mind, there’s always that feeling of handling a lot of money but not having enough for themselves.
Artists, writers, actors and musicians are said to have high levels of depression. When a depressed person works, the quality of work generally declines, but in case of people working in the creative industry, it happens to be the other way round. Psychologists and scientists have conducted various studies that reveal creative people look for an outlet for depression and this usually comes out as masterpieces of art. However, it is still a hypothesis!
In a country like India, being a social worker can be extremely depressing because of the high rates of poverty and crime. NGOs, rehabilitation centers, slums, orphanages and asylums are places where social workers are expected to work. Just hearing their stories and witnessing the conditions in which some people live can be quite traumatizing.
Construction workers, hawkers and maintenance and ground work workers have high depression rates. This is because they have no job security, very little savings and are called for only when required. The level of pressure and stress coupled with below average pay is a disaster for these folks. Besides this, most of them live in slums and are alcoholics. So there’s depression and substance abuse in this case, it’s a lot for the mind to handle.
ATCs have the most stressful jobs on the planet. Every day they have to safely guide a lot of aircrafts not only to take off and land but also ensure that they are flying safely without crashing into each other. ATCs deal with the lives of thousands of passengers, one single miscalculation can end in a catastrophe. The sheer stress under which they work sometimes results in chronic depression.
All professions come have a certain amount of stress associated with them. Ensuring a healthy lifestyle and a few measures to ease the mind such as Yoga, Meditation and working out regularly helps in the long run.
Other careers that almost made the list include:
1) Military – Have life threatening jobs and are exposed to too much death
2) Hazard pay work – Test pilots, race car drivers etc.
3) Electrical and line work – Uncertainty of life