CareerCast, an Internet job board, ranks fire-fighting as the second most stressful job of 2012.

The study says “fire fighters put their lives on the line to save others. The high degree of danger mixed with life and death decisions makes this our number two most stressful job.”
CareerCast examined 11 criteria and assigned point ranges to each category including: travel, growth potential, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands (stoop, climb, etc.),  environmental conditions, hazards encountered, the risk to one’s own life and the risk to others.

Serving as an enlisted soldier ranked as the most stressful job. In 2010, being a fire fighter was named as the most stressful job. Working as an airline pilot, military general and police officer round out the top five most stressful jobs on  the list.

A study commissioned by the American Psychological Association finds 36 percent of all workers say they feel tense or stressed out during their work day. About 20 percent say their daily level of stress reaches an 8, 9 or 10 point scale.