Yahoo Education listed PR executive as the sixth-most-stressful job of 2014, alongside airline pilots, event planners, police officers and reporters.
Were you surprised to see it rank that high on the list?
We PR pros were not, because we experience different kinds of stress every day and have learned to thrive under pressure and deliver results.
Here are six reasons why working in PR qualifies as one of the most stressful careers:
1. A lot of human elements, all moving in different directions.
Unlike occupations that deal strictly with numbers and data, PR pros work with people—important internal and external stakeholders. All these groups have different working styles, speak their own languages and, at times, have conflicting priorities. The human element of our profession keeps us on our toes, challenging us to come up with mutually beneficial solutions and constantly adjust working styles to drive and show results—with a lot of stress along the way.
2. Media deadlines.