Event coordinators are getting the nod as the fifth most stressful job in America in 2014, coming in just above “public relations executive.” Event coordinators are among some interesting company in the newly published list alongside enlisted military soldiers, firefighters, airline pilots, military generals and police officers.
Event Coordinators received a stress score of 49.85 (to give some perspective, the most stressful job, enlisted military officer, received a stress score of 84.61). The high stakes, high pressure, and high visibility nature of event planning I think warrants inclusion of event coordinators somewhere in this list. While event planners may not be putting out literal fires they are certainly dealing with their fair share of “disasters."
There are quite a few causes of stress for event planners and here are a few that I think contribute to event coordinators' new billing as one of the most stressful jobs in America.
Personalities of Planners
The High Stakes
Someone once said to me, "If your job is stressful, that means it's a very important job." Ultimately I think feeling stressed at your job can potentially be a sign that you're making a significant contribution. I think it must be mentioned that just because you thrive under pressure doesn't mean that the job itself isn't stressful. Most planners never let you "see them sweat" but I think this is because they are consummate professionals that understand the nature of their job and not because their role isn't difficult.I think the inclusion of event planners on the list is well deserved and in many ways I think it's a nod to the importance of the role. Planners are responsible for much more than those outside of the professional event planning industry tend to give them credit for. It's nice to see event planners being recognized for the challenges that they overcome every day.
What is YOUR most stressful challenge?
Written by Laura Wilson.