Top 5 most stressful jobs

4. Air traffic controller

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    An air traffic controller looks at a flight monitor in the control tower at Newark Interantional Airport in Newark, N.J.
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Air traffic controllers, who maintain the flow of aircraft in and out of airports and in flight, are key to aviation safety. This is well recognized as one of the most stressful jobs, requiring total concentration. Radar controllers, as opposed to tower controllers, also have to work in semi-darkness with an airplane full of passengers in their sight as a mere luminous blip on the screen.

The 24/7 staffing of the air traffic system sometimes requires more than 40 hour days including nights and weekends, for which they receive extra pay. Almost all air traffic controllers work for the Federal Aviation Administration, a federal government agency.

Median annual wages of air traffic controllers in May 2008 were $111,870. Retirement is mandatory at age 56, but an exception may be made up to the age of 61 for those of exceptional skill and ability.

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010 – 2011, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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