10 most stressful jobs. Did you guess REALTOR?

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Here's an article and slide show about the "10 Most Stressful and Depressing Jobs in America" in 2014.

 

If you guessed being a REALTOR is stressful and depressing. You're right. But it's even more depressing to see that we're number one on this list.  For the average salary we earn, the stakes are quite high. 

Average Salary: $39,140. 

Suicide Rate: 1.38 times the average citizen.

Mortality Rate: Occupational fatalities aren’t listed, but being on the high-suicide rate list raises the mortality rate.

Stress Level: 6/10. The success of a real estate agent is not determined, and no set salary can result in tremendously high levels of anxiety.

In 2010, REALTOR Magazine gave us its Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs. And yes, being a REALTOR was on that list at number 10.

In 2011, CareerCast gave it 10 Most Stressful Job. That year, REALTORs ranked number 10.

RealtyTimes tries to explain "Why Real Estate Agent is on the Top 10 List of Most Stressful Jobs"

"One of the main reasons that real estate is stressful is because the agent is solely assisting a buyer or seller in the largest purchase of their life. The agent worries about losing an offer on a property their client loves, or even putting the client’s EMD (Earnest Money Deposit) in jeopardy depending on how it is handled."

Why do we work as REALTORs?

I can't say it's because of flexible times, because we work long hours and weekends. On top of that, we have mountains of expenses. We don't get paid unless we close escrow.

Let's just say in spite of the many chalenges, that this job is so rewarding in many ways.

  • I truly enjoy helping my clients. It's a tremendous high to see them so happy.
  • When seeing beautiful homes, it's eye-candy that gives me such pleasure.
  • I appreciate that I can continue doing so well past the age when retire. That means I can still be productive even when I'm in my 70s. I know someone who didn't stop working until her 80s.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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David Shamansky
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If you love what you do then its not stressful... well maybe it is but nothing you cant handle when you are in the WRONG business and try everything to make it work and it doesnt its time to move on dont continue on expecting something to change if it hasnt after several years of serious effort, it likely wont

Apr 09, 2015 12:53 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
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David --- Having been in corporate life, where there were stresses too, I prefer being a Realtor And yes, when you love what you do, it makes up for all the challenges.

 

Apr 09, 2015 01:08 PM #2
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Ed Silva
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I find that being an agent is far less stressful than the job I did before this

Apr 09, 2015 01:31 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
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Ed --- I quite agree. Although I must admit that when I was in corporate life, I did like the paid health benefits :)

Apr 09, 2015 01:34 PM #4
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Lottie Kendall
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That study was an eye-opener to me. After spending all day at the hospital, and the evening in ICU - I'd think health care providers would rank higher than Realtors. So grateful we have them working on our behalf.

Apr 09, 2015 04:43 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
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Lottie --- we do have a stressful (and at times dangerous) job....but the rewards are oh, so wonderful!

 

Apr 09, 2015 04:44 PM #6
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