Health.com takes a look at which careers have the highest rates of depression to rank the 10 most depressing jobs in the U.S.
Many salespeople work on commission and may have to spend time away from home, family and friends because of travel. If they work independently, benefits may be limited.
9. Financial Advisers/Accountants
Most people don’t like dealing with their own retirement savings. So can you imagine handling thousands or millions of dollars for others?
8. Maintenance Workers
Maintenance workers are called only when something goes wrong and must work odd hours, seasonal or varied schedules and frequent night shifts.
7. Administrative Support Staff
People in this field are taking orders from all directions, but are also at the bottom of the totem pole in terms of control. Their days can be very unpredictable.
The demands on teachers seem to be constantly growing. Many work after school and then take work home and, in many areas, they must do a lot with a little.
These jobs can bring irregular paychecks, uncertain hours and isolation. Creative people may also have higher rates of mood disorders.
4. Health-Care Workers
Health-care workers can have long, irregular hours and days in which other people’s lives are literally in their hands.
3. Social Workers
Dealing with abused children or families on the brink of every imaginable crisis -- combined with bureaucratic red tape -- can make for a demanding, stressful job that’s often 24-7.
2. Food Service Staff
Wait staff often get low pay and can have exhausting jobs with numerous people telling them what to do each day.
1. Nursing Home/Child Care Workers
A typical day can include feeding, bathing,and caring for others who are often incapable of expressing gratitude or appreciation because they are too ill or too young.