Jobs that are more stressful may carry higher income, more security, survey says

Those looking for work need to decide whether they want a job with less stress or more money Americans across the country who are becoming increasingly desperate for any type of income as they look to consolidate debt may be faced with a decision to either make more money in a more grueling job, or settle for less cash in position that is less stressful.

According to a recent survey conducted by, some of the most stressful jobs in 2010 were found to be firefighter, corporate executive, surgeon, police officer, and commercial pilot.

However, while incredibly stressful, the survey also pointed out that many of the listed positions were also found to be the most sought-after positions on the market because of their high wages or job security.

"While fear of losing your job may keep you awake at night, the nation’s most stressful job – firefighter – has one of the lowest unemployment rates," explains Tony Lee, publisher for "On the other hand, many low-stress jobs offer little room for advancement, and often don’t appeal to ambitious, educated job seekers."

Among the least stressful jobs documented during the year – which are easier on a daily basis but may not bring in as much of a salary – were musical instrument repairer, medical records technician, actuary, and librarian.