If you saw this last week, CNBC named PR Executive as the #2 most stressful job in America in the America's Most Stressful Jobs 2011. I was surprised to see that it was the #2 job on the list. Some of the rest of the 10 in the list included communication related professions like photojournalist, newscaster, and advertising account executive. Here's what the list said as to why PR made the #2 spot:
Stress score: 47.60 Average annual salary: $101,850 Hours per day: 9
Public relations executives are “completely at the mercy of their clients and buyers,” says Tony Lee, noting that their success or failure depends on the actions and decisions of clients, creating a stressful situation because their performance is in many ways out of their hands.
They also bear the burden of being connected constantly to social media while also managing small details of several campaigns at once.