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The Ten Most Depressing Jobs

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Some jobs are more likely to yield a higher paycheck than others, while unfortunately, others are more likely to lead to depression.

If you're prone to depression and are pondering your professional future, ya might want to avoid these 10 careers in which full-time workers are most likely to report an episode of major depression.

1. Nursing Home/Child-Care Workers:

11% of personal-care providers report major depression in this profession. Christopher Willard, a clinical psychologist at Tufts University, believes the high percentage is because, "It is stressful, seeing people sick and not getting a lot of positive reinforcement.”

2. Food Service Staff:

10% of food service employees report depression, while even more women (15%) in the field report major bouts of it. Mental health counselor Deborah Legge, PhD, attributes the poor mindset to the lack of appreciation from customers, explaining:

“This is often a very thankless job. People can be really rude and there is a lot of physical exertion. When people are depressed, it is hard to have energy and motivation—when you have to be on, it is difficult.”

3. Social Workers:

We're beginning to see a trend here — helping people is hard. Social work can lead to depression because these dedicated, yet often underpaid professionals "work with people who are so needy, it can be hard to not sacrifice too much to the job."

"I see that happen a lot with social workers and other caring professions, and they get really burned out pretty quickly," Willard says.

4. Health-Care Workers:

Working in a hospital probably isn't as cool as they make it seem on Grey's Anatomy. While we're sure doctors and nurses get a lot of satisfaction out of what they do, Willard points out:

"Every day they are seeing sickness, trauma, and death and dealing with family members of patients. It can shade one’s outlook on the whole that the world is a sadder place.”

5. Artists, Writers, Entertainers:

Roughly 9% of these dreamers reported depression last year and it may not be just because their last piece didn't sell, as Legge explains:

“One thing I see a lot in entertainers and artists is bipolar illness. There could be undiagnosed or untreated mood disorders in people who are artistic…. Depression is not uncommon to those who are drawn to work in the arts, and then the lifestyle contributes to it.”

6. Teachers:

Imagine being responsible for educating the future of America — now actually go out there and do it. Pretty exhausting, right?

Between pressure from the kids, parents, and school administrators to be perfect educators, Willard believes teachers can forget why they even got their degrees, explaining:

“There are pressures from many different audiences—the kids, their parents, and the schools trying to meet standards, all (of which) have different demands. This can make it difficult for teachers to do their thing and remember the reason they got started in the field.”

7. Administrative Support Staff:

Bureaucracy blows. Especially if you're on the bottom of the totem pole like these professionals who face problems that filter down from the dozens of superiors above them.

These are also the people you're yelling at over the phone when something doesn't work right. Remember to take it easy because it's not their fault your computer crashed again!

8. Maintenance and Groundskeepers:

People only think of these members of the workforce when something goes wrong, which is already kind of depressing. On top of the long hours they face while working in this difficult field, Willard say isolation also plays a role in their depression, adding:

"There is also higher turnover. In terms of co-workers, they are often isolated, and it can be dangerous work."

9. Financial Advisors and Accountants:

Money can make people mad. It can also make people depressed, as Legge says:

“There is so much responsibility for other people’s finances and no control of the market. There is guilt involved, and when (clients) are losing money, they probably have people screaming at them with regularity.”

10. Salespeople:

Salespeople at a clothing store in the mall may be depressed because of the low-wage they're receiving for all of their hard work, but others working in sales could be worried about their commission or constantly traveling.

The "uncertainty of income, tremendous pressure for results, and long hours” make sales the 10th most depressing field of employment!

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