According to a list compiled by CareerCast.com, a job search Web site, computer systems analyst and software engineer ranks near the bottom for stress.
The list took into account 21 different stress factors, including deadlines, life and death situations, and physical demands. The two most stressful jobs were surgeon and commercial airline pilot. I can understand surgeon, but I don't think these guys or these guys were exactly stressed.
I know that there aren't many life or death scenarios for software engineers, but I think it could be a pretty stressful line of work. Any time you're dealing with creating a product that has to satisfy another group of people is, in my opinion, fraught with stress. What do you think?
Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.