You hate your job, right? Well, you only have it really bad if you’re employed in one of these occupations, since these are the jobs most likely to have caused a major depression in the last few years.
Here are 7 fields (out of 21 major job categories) in which full-time workers are most likely to report an episode of major depression in a given year. Does your job make the list?
1. Administrative support staff
People in this field can suffer from a classic case of high demand, low control. They are on the front line, taking orders from all directions. But they are also at the bottom of the totem pole in terms of control and everything filters down. They can have unpredictable days and may not be acknowledged for all of the work that they do to make life easier for everyone else.
The demands on teachers seem to be constantly growing. Many work after school and then take work home. In many areas, they learn to do a lot with a little. 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.
3. Artists, entertainers, writers
These jobs can bring irregular paychecks, uncertain hours, and isolation. Creative people may also have higher rates of mood disorders; about 9% reported an episode of major depression in the previous year. In men, it’s the job category most likely to be associated with an episode of major depression (nearly 7% in full-time workers).
One thing seen 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.