The Most and Least Depressing Jobs

There are some jobs that have been listed as simply depressing. It is often cited that psychiatrists and dentists have a higher rate of depression and suicide due to their jobs.  How can a job that sounds good to some people actually be depressing to others? A lot may be based on how well a person’s personality is suited to that job. 

CNN reported 10 Careers with High Rates of Depression.  In this report they included:

  1. Nursing Home – Child Care
  2. Food Service Staff
  3. Social Workers
  4. Health Care Workers (includes Doctors, Nurses and Therapists)
  5. Artists, Entertainers, Writers
  6. Teachers
  7. Administrative Support Staff
  8. Maintenance and Ground Workers
  9. Financial Advisors and Accountants
  10. Sales People

This list is consistent with one reported by Psychology Today.  But where are the least depressing jobs?  Yahoo! Education came up with a list of Lovable Careers where they included:

  1. Paralegal
  2. Graphic Designer
  3. Police Officer (may be somewhat surprising to some people)
  4. Chef
  5. Massage Therapist
  6. Kindergarten Teacher (opposes what is listed above.

WorldWideLearn had their own idea of Top 5 Feel-Good Careers

  1. Registered Nurse (opposes what is listed above)
  2. Computer Support Specialist
  3. Day Care Provider (opposes what is listed above)
  4. Spa Manager
  5. Human Resource Assistant

Why are there inconsistencies about what people find depressing?  Perhaps it is due to the fact that careers should be based upon a person’s preferences.  If a person is mismatched with the wrong profession, they may find that job to be depressing.  For those trying to find a career that they do not find depressing, check out: How to Discover the Job that Best Fits Your Personality Preferences