No job is easy, but the charts below showcase three sets of jobs that over index for suicide rates, alcoholism and unhappiness. There isn’t a whole lot of cross over between professions. With the exceptions of bar tending *alcoholism*, not many professions found themselves on multiple lists.
Jobs with high suicide rates
The professions included on this list tend to be higher income and education. Among the list includes engineers, doctors, finance executives, and lawyers. As a data guy, I’d be interested in learning about the leading reason for suicides among these professions. Is it the stress of the job, financial problems, family trouble, or something else completely unrelated to the profession altogether. Source.
Jobs with high degrees of alcoholism
Since I work in the industry, I’m not surprised to see advertisers representing the only “office job” on the list. That said, the liquid lunch doesn’t seem as popular as it is on Mad Men. Now that I think about it, the reasons for drinking in advertising are probably very different than the 60’s. Source.
Unhappiest Jobs in America
Many of the jobs on this list are in retail or the restaurant industry. Bartenders, appearing for the second time find themselves among the most unhappy and most likely to die of alcoholism. Source.