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The 10 Worst Jobs For You Mental Health

Jobs can make us happy but they can also make us miserable. Here are 10 of the worst jobs for your mental health.

Our work duties and the work environment can make a significant impact on our mental health. Our jobs can make us happy and push us to thrive and grow. Unfortunately, they can also make us miserable. These ten jobs are those that are most likely to do so. 

10. Salespeople 

#10 Salespeople 

The most significant factor in being a sales worker that can contribute to depression is the uncertainty of the pay. Workers often work on commission, meaning you never know when and if you will earn your paycheck. Some people thrive in this environment, but for those in favor of stability, a job in this field may not be the most suitable. 

9. Accountants and financial advisors

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If you are good with numbers, that does not mean you can handle what this kind of job brings. Working in this field means to feel an incredible amount of responsibility to other people’s money. And sometimes, stakes are really high – people do not like to lose their money and when they do, they usually put the blame and anger on their advisors.   

8. Working as the ground maintenance

#8 Working as the ground maintenance

Being on call for ground maintenance often means you will spend your time cleaning up someone else’s mess. Also, you will most likely have to make peace with low wages and working very odd hours, including night shifts. Not to mention that these workers often work alone, meaning they have to deal with isolation as well. 

7. Working as administrative support staff

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Administrative support staff does “everything” but is often treated as if they are doing nothing. Staffers take orders from all directions, have to be quick and think on their feet while maintaining high focus. Psychologists note that these workers are usually at the bottom of the totem pole in their companies. 

6. Teacher

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Teachers are dealing with the increasing demand to deliver a lot with little. Their workload often extends official school hours. They also have to make sure to try to satisfy all the needy parents on the one hand, and the rigorous school standards on another.   

5. Working in the Arts

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You might think that these workers are lucky because they generally have the freedom to express their creativity. Even if that was true, workers in this field are also struggling with irregular paychecks and the lack of stable working hours.  

4. Health-care workers

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Doctors, nurses, therapists, and others usually work long and irregular hours while holding people’s lives in their hands. For these workers, stress can reach incredible levels as they are dealing with traumas and death.   

3. Social workers

#3 Social workers

It is not surprising that social workers often suffer from depression. Generally speaking, social workers sacrifice themselves a lot. They usually deal with abused children and troubled families while also having to deal with endless and time-consuming bureaucratic tasks.   

2. Foodservice workers

#2 Foodservice workers

Workers in food service often struggle with low wages and physically exhausting jobs while also working with numerous customers. This is especially true for the wait staff who work long hours with customers who can be incredibly demanding. Around 10% of food service workers report an episode of depression throughout the year.   

1. Workers in child-care

#1 Workers in child-care

Around 11% of workers in this field report at least some rate of depression. According to phycologists, working in this field is difficult for care providers because children cannot express gratitude. Caring for others without positive reinforcements can be quite stressful.   

About the Author

Ivan loves writing, music, audio production, and social sciences. He lives by the words of one famous sociologist who said that "sociology is a martial art". When he's not writing, he enjoys playing his Stratocaster and video games.

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