Someone once said that being a Realtor was one of the Top 5 most stressful jobs in the United States amongst air traffic controllers, policemen, firemen.... Of course, we have all had experiences where we would all wholeheartedly agree with that, but after hearing on a daily basis how our country is struggling economically, I decided to conduct my own search for the top 5 most stressful jobs. I first searched the internet, and I noticed that depending upon the search engine, they varied..
For example. Career/Cast in 2009 Did rank a Realtor as Number 5, with a surgeon being Number 1, pilot Number 2, Photo journalist and Advertising Account Executive rounding out the other 4... Interesting. It made me ponder on the Miss Universe Pageants where we will perhaps see someone win whose country has faced turmoil, and so the judges wish to be politically correct. So, I guess with all of the short sales and foreclosures, we made the ranks that year.
Share Ranks listed the following top five in 2009: Air Traffic Controller, Police Officer, Teacher, Coal Miner and Firefighter - all commendable and deserving of recognition.
CNBC and Career/Cast listed in 5/2010 Firefighter, A Corporate Executive, Taxi Driver, Surgeon and Police Officer... again all commendable...
While I wouldn't quibble with any of those nominations on any given day, my vote for September 2010 would be the following, and I would love to hear yours:
1. The Military - Our service men and women face hardship and stress on a daily basis overseas, and they are so deserving of our thanks be they here or there..We cannot thank them enough.
2. Firefighters and Policemen - tied... We owe so much to those firefighters and policemen going into harms way every single day on our behalf, and many times having no home lives themselves as a result of it.
4. Gulf of Mexico Fishermen - Imagine what they went through and are going through... first to be told that everything would be taken care of, and now to hear from BP that there were sub contractors involved... the old pointing of the fingers in every direction, and meanwhile, the fishermen, and every business owner connected with fish be it in sales, restaurant or transportation still have to put food onto the table...
5. Homeless Families. This is not a job, I know that, but many are homeless because they simply do not have a job . They haven't been given a choice. Per the National Alliance to End Homelessness, some 671,859 people face homelessness every single night. From that number, 37% are families, 63 % individuals. Of that number, 18% of that populations is considered chronic and 20% is comprised of veterans (chronic is usually associated with a disability - physical or mental), ...The families experience homelessness (and there are at least 85,000 families every single night experiencing this) have faced a medical emergency, loss of a job, car accident, something that has not enabled them to hold onto their housing .......
So, while I truly commend air traffic controllers, surgeons, inner city school teachers, yes and Realtors.... I would also like to feel that we all derive a sense of satisfaction from our jobs in helping others. Our lives aren't 'on the line' every day, and when I help someone obtain a great price for their home in a downward market, or save money for them as a Buyer's agent, I have a great sense of satisfaction. So, I thank everyone whose job is stressful, and who help make the United States a great place in which to live, and I look forward and pray for the day in which there are more jobs available, affordable homes for all and no homelessness.
I would love your comments,
Gay E. Rosen, ABR, CBR, CRS, GRI, SRES, CDPE, REOS
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