Real Estate Considered One of Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine

Take a deep breath. Relax.

You’re stressed out, according to a recent survey from CareerCast. In fact, working as a real estate agent is considered one of the most stressful occupations you can have, according to its 2010 Jobs Rated report. So you’re not just a little stressed — you’re REALLY stressed!

Real estate agent came in No. 10 as most stressed occupations on a list of 100 jobs. The survey took into account such factors as work environment, competitiveness, and job risk.

Find out here why real estate agent made the list, and view what other stressful jobs made it into the top 10.

Complex transactions, demanding clients, a sagging housing market, and steep competition — who couldn’t blame you for feeling a little over edge these days? It’s not easy to work in real estate!

So since the survey says you’re stressed, see how stressed you really are. Take our job stress quiz.

You’ll learn if your stress levels are beginning to spiral out of control and what you can do to start de-stressing.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. renee

    Real estate is very stressful, because we rely on our everyday work to make a living with a difference…… the competition is fierce more than everywhere. Dealing with all kind of caracters, working together and against each other. Although the rules are there, some have their own and can manage with them without being caught……..

    I have been victim of MOBBING because I was hard working, serious, honnest and was not fitting in the JUNGLE OF REAL ESTATE… . This HAS BEEN dragging for the past 25 years and I am at the end of the rope, because it is difficult to prove… .

    What I noticed in this business, is that real estate can be addictive to some as much as gambling. You can imagine the stress and consequences when you want to win all the time, nobody counts, only the drive and the power of winning…. No amount of money is satisfying, You have to win at any cost.

    I always think of those in that category, “The glory of great men (WHEN SUCCESS IS MEASURED WITH MONEY)should be measured by the means they have used to acquire it…”… MY CONSOLATION TODAY.