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Attorneys And Stockbrokers Among The 20 Most Stressful Jobs

Stephanie West Allen of Idealawg posted an article indicating that the category of attorney ranks number 82 in a list of top 200 jobs.

Rounding out the top 100, attorneys and stockbrokers may earn considerably more than bookbinders or telephone repair technicians, but these high-powered careers are hurt by anxiety, as both rank among the 20 most stressful jobs on our list. More surprising is the relatively low score of author, just above cosmetologist -- a result of the profession's stress levels and, in many cases, relatively poor working environment.

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Bill E

I find it interesting "poor working environment" is cited as the factor causing the stress. I've been in one of the pressure cooker environments and it's no fun. A relatively relaxed environment makes a world of difference on stress levels. If you can't convince your partners to change it up consider going it alone or with a smaller group. It will change your life.

Donna Chmura

I would agree that being an attorney can be highly stressful. Aside from the well-documented stresses of being evaluated based on billable hours, there are the stresses of having to keep up with ever-changing laws and interpretations, being responsible for counseling people through life-changing or significant events, and interaction with many different kinds of people in a day (opposing counsel, harried bureacrats, delivering bad news to clients, etc).

I think overall in my 13 years of practice, I see the profession start to focus more on "quality of life." Some focus is just talk, but more and more I see players in our field walking the walk.

I am able to work a reduced schedule, which allows me to represent clients professionally, but also participate more fully in family life. I know many attorneys who have non-traditional schedules, which was unheard of when I started.



I have also thought it interesting that quality of life has become a more prominent piece of the discussion. Of course, the mega firms still drill their associates and attorneys into the ground. Of course, they talk a good game when it comes to quality of life. But once you’re in your chair, you are facing a pretty steep hourly bill minimum hill and some pretty intense “I can bill more hours than you” competition.

The quality of life which lawyers seek can never really be attained in an intense hourly billing capacity.


Poor, poor attys. Try working without even a bathroom break during an 8-hr shift. Learn the joys of having people tell you that no matter how fast you're working, someone is going to die if you don't work faster. And then have the stress knowing that a lawsuit may be brought against you if you make a mistake and a patient does die. Sorry, billable hours? Quality of life? If you work in a clean, well-lit office without being exposed to diseases, body fluids, and excrement, you have it made as far as quality of life. Quit feeling sorry for yourselves. Especially since, judging by the times you submitted your comments, you are at work while you're doing your complaining. I don't have time to get a drink of water, let alone go on the Internet at work.

I've been a juror and am amazed at how little goes on during the day in a typical courtroom. The day doesn't get started until 9 or later and is over by 4. And even that time is broken up for an hour or 1.5 hrs for lunch. If you can't handle the stress of billable hours, become judges. They seem to have it made.

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