A good career and high pay is no guarantee of sound mental health. On the flip side of a six-figure salary is the stress that warrants such a high pay. The average salary for an invasive cardiologist, for example, is $512,000, but knowing that even the smallest mistake can lead to their death and the end of your career, is a level of pressure not many can endure.
It’s not just the high-paying jobs that are high on stress though. Police officers are considered blue-collar workers with a median salary of $55,270, yet every day they put themselves in harm’s way, chasing criminals and dealing with horrific crimes that represent the worst of humanity.
Whether you’re drawn to a career because of the pay or because of the difference you can make, it’s worth knowing how the job can affect your mental health. Based on studies conducted by the National Occupational Mortality Surveillance (NOMS), below is a list of the 10 professions with the highest suicide rate.
10. Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
These are the folks who put together and test all of your electronic devices, from your laptop or coffee machine to your child’s remote-controlled car or the smart TV. Those working in this field are exposed to electromagnetic fields on a daily basis, which can affect the body’s production of melatonin and lead to depression.
9. Real Estate Agents
Since the housing market crash in 2007, those working in the real estate industry have had to deal with many setbacks, from tight credit markets causing financing to fall through for prospective buyers to falling property values, which causes sellers to take their homes off the market. If there are no homes to sell and no buyers seeking an agent’s assistance, there’s no work for real estate agents.
8. Hand Molders
With machines increasingly replacing the need for skilled workers, these men and women who spend their day manipulating materials and shaping them into the products we use are becoming obsolete.
7. Urban Planners
Urban planners are tasked with reshaping city landscapes into a booming metropolis. Naturally, this process involves a lot of bureaucratic red tape, negotiating between contractors, community representatives and city council members and constantly fighting to get your vision approved. It’s a stressful job.
6. Heavy Construction Operators
Heavy construction operators work irregular hours, most often at night, in all weather conditions. Crane operators in particular have high-stress responsibilities, including a greater risk of injury while on the job.