An Unhealthy Sign for Health Care Workers? Survey Says They’re the Most Stressed

Mar 6, 2014, 2:00 PM

Health care may have some of the nation’s most promising career opportunities. But it also promises a lot of stress to go along with those jobs, according to a survey from CareerBuilder and its health-care-focused website.

Health care workers topped the list of most stressed workers in the United States, with 69 percent reporting that they feel stress in their current jobs. Next are workers in professional and business services, retail, financial services, information technology, leisure and hospitality, and manufacturing. Health care also had the highest percentage (17) of workers reporting that they are “highly stressed.”

“Stress is part of the environment in many health care settings, but high levels sustained over a long period of time can be a major detriment to employee health and ultimately stand in the way of providing quality care to patients,” CareerBuilder Healthcare President Jason Lovelace said in a news release.

Despite workplace stress, 64 percent of health care workers say they are satisfied with their current jobs, which is 5 points higher than the average for all full-time workers. The survey also found that 55 percent of health care workers report an increased workload over the past year, and 13 percent report a substantial increase. One in four health workers plan to change jobs this year.

Harris Poll surveyed 3,211 workers, including 450 in health care, online for CareerBuilder in late 2013.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.