Marketing ‘one of the most stressful jobs in the world’

angry 1Independent clinical testing specialist London Medical Laboratory has confirmed what all marketers have long suspected; working in the sector is one of the most stressful jobs you can have and is likely to take a heavy toll on your heart.

April might well be Stress Awareness Month, but for some people, reducing the causes of stress can be extremely difficult.

Chronic long-term stress can lead to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of a heart attack and stroke, says the leading health testing expert Dr Quinton Fivelman PhD, chief scientific officer at London Medical Laboratory.

“Some jobs are just inherently stressful, but for many people it’s how they deal with potentially taxing situations that is most important. Deadlines are a key cause of stress for marketers.”

London Medical Laboratory’s study looked at what people said about their work-related stress levels. Using data from its Heart Health Profile blood test, the feedback was then combined with the incidence of heart problems in different professions.

From this information, the firm has compiled a list of the ten most demanding jobs, excluding armed services and emergency responders.

The most stressful job was that of welfare professionals, followed by customer services, legal professionals, teachers, librarians, recruitment consultants and GPs and health professionals.

Marketers emerge at number eight in the “hit parade”, with journalists and pharmacists making up the top ten.

According to careercast.com research, 78% marketers rate their job stress at seven or higher on a ten-point scale. Meeting deadlines, growth potential and interacting with the public all stacked up the stress.

Dr Fivelman commented: “Stress can also impact on the heart because of the ways we try to cope with it. Smoking, overeating and lack of physical activity can all increase our risk of cardiovascular disease.

“A heart health profile blood test will reveal cholesterol levels, and check for diabetes and inflammation. It will also measure biomarkers such as triglyceride, a body fat particularly associated with heart disease, and C-reactive protein (CRP). A high level of CRP in the blood has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack.”

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