PR manager is the 5th-most-stressful job in America

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Editor’s note: We are rerunning this story as part of a look back at the most-popular PR stories of 2013.

Feeling stressed? There’s a good reason for it.

For the third straight year, public relations has landed on CareerCast’s annual list of the most-stressful jobs in America. For 2013, public relations manager is No. 5 on the list, inching up two spots from last year.

“Public relations executives are masters of damage control, thus need to be able to think and act quickly under stress,” the report states. “The profession lives in the public eye, and it’s also one of the professions attracting the most college students, which makes landing and keeping a good job that much more difficult.”

The media salary listed for PR manager is $ 57,550, which is a marked decline from last year’s $ 91,810. (However, it was PR executive, not manager, that made the list.)

CareerCast, an online jobs network, ranks the most-stressful jobs based on 11 factors (which you can read here), including travel, growth potential, working in the public eye, deadlines, hazards, own life at risk, meeting the public, and more.

In 2011, PR officer ranked second on the list, which irked a number of people—even those in the industry—who questioned why public relations was more stressful than military service (a career that didn’t even crack the top 10 that year).

Last year, CareerCast ranked public relations No. 7 on its list, with dangerous jobs—such as enlisted military member, firefighter, and police officer—making the top 10.

Enlisted military personnel was No. 1 on this year’s list, followed by military general, firefighter, and commercial airline pilot. Photojournalist, a regular among the top 10, ranked seventh for 2013. A newcomer to the list, newspaper reporter, was No. 8. CareerCast attributed a reporter’s stress to newsroom cuts, longer hours and lower pay, and the challenges of learning new technologies.

“These changes add to the stress of a job that already carries the responsibility of working under the strictest of deadlines as well as a high public profile,” the report says

Meanwhile, the least-stressful job is university professor. Perhaps it’s time to parlay those PR skills into a job teaching communications, instead of practicing it.

This infographic from CareerCast lists the top 10 most and least stressful careers:

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