Working in PR can damage your health


By Benjamin Haslem

Global job-search site,, has released its annual list of the 10 most stressful jobs.

And coming in at #6, up from #7 in 2013, is PR Executive. 

Maybe I'm just lucky. Or maybe having worked in the rough and tumble world of three newsrooms at a major national daily newspaper (not to mention an intense and uber-competitive Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery) I've developed a tough skin.

But to quote John McEnroe: "You cannot be serious!?"

According the, "Jobs that require you to face unpredictable conditions, immediate dangers and high-stakes situations rank amongst the most stressful of 2014".

PR Executive? Don't get me wrong. This job can be stressful. Clients rightly expect you to provide bang for their buck and Wells Haslem will always strive to add value.

But how can this be more stressful than a police officer #9; and a taxi driver #10?

And missing from the list is nurse, school teacher, doctor, surgeon, paramedic, futures trader; stock broker, politician, air traffic controller (airline pilots are #4) and so on.

Number one, is 'enlisted military personnel'. Newspaper reporter is #8. 

What do you think?