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Poll: How stressful is your IT consulting work?

CareerCast.com reports that computer systems analyst and software engineer are two of the least stressful jobs. We're curious to know how our IT Consultant readers' experiences compare to these findings.

TechRepublic Head Blogs Editor Toni Bowers wrote about a list compiled by CareerCast.com that indicates computer systems analyst and software engineer are two of the least stressful jobs. Toni notes that the list took into account 21 stress factors, including deadlines, life and death situations, and physical demands. I'm curious to know how our IT Consultant readers' experiences compare to these findings.

When Justin James polled our developer audience about their biggest stressors, coworkers/management received 40% of the votes. Since a number of IT consultants are one-person shops, my guess is coworkers/management wouldn't score as high here, but let's see if that's the case.

During the holiday season, stress levels are often higher than usual; for IT consultants, one of your main concerns at this time of year may be about the financial impact of taking time off, especially if clients expect you to be available 24/7. Share the reasons why you're stressed (that is, if you are stressed).

While it's wonderful to have work, especially in this economy, many IT pros have been under greater stress because of the economic climate, whether it's because you're expected to be on-call at all times, there's not as much new business, or your clients are loading you down with more responsibilities because they've had to reduce staff levels.

If there are stress-reducing techniques that you find effective, let your peers know by posting to the discussion.

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3 comments
rajathanda82
rajathanda82

I love my work. If you are in your own business it will give you a feel of satisfaction which you are doing for yourself for better tomorrow. ( http://www.takesupport.com )

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

I think my biggest stressor is myself -- I sometimes push myself too hard. At least, that's what it says on my resume. How about you?

kevaburg
kevaburg

I agree with you. I think that any consultant worth his/her salt will set standards that are extremely high and sometimes hard even for us to attain. Regardless, we will try to reach them (and maintain them)and in the process work ourselves into such a lather that we stress ourselves out! My second biggest stressor are the students I have to instruct on occasion. Somehow a mail merge should not be THAT difficult but somehow......

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