UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS hold the least stressful jobs, new research finds.
A recent study has found that university professors are amongst the least stressed employees in the country. The research, completed by CareerCast.com, came to its conclusion after considering almost a dozen factors including deadlines, working in the public eye, physical demands and hazards encountered within the workplace.
The study found that the substantial salary most professors enjoy contributes greatly to their low levels of stress: the Times Higher Education statistics for 2011 show that the average annual salary for a full time professor was £75,790. Average annual earnings for UK workers overall are £26,500, meaning that university professors enjoy an income almost three times higher than that of the average worker.
As well as this, the research states that university professors are also lucky in that, unlike primary and secondary school teachers, they are educating people who have chosen to study the subject they teach and are in general more enjoyable and rewarding to work with.
First year physicist Danny Johnson, speaking of his tutor, quipped, “He obviously derived stress from first principles, and worked out that it wasn’t optimal.”
However there has been some protest from university professors at the findings of the research. A comment left on the Career Cast website said, “Hmmm…so what is it to lecture to 300 students? (or 30 or 70, for that matter)? And they say public speaking is ranked among the most feared, stressful things persons can imagine, not even preferable to threat of death…”
There have also been arguments raised about the fact that pressure is put on professors to continue to ensure their students perform academically well, even if it would not necessarily reflect badly on them if their students did poorly.
PPEist Sean Thomas said, “I can see that having the ability to involve yourself in your subject professionally must be a hugely rewarding prospect. But then at the same time it must be utterly soul-destroying to have to read the same garbage handed in every week by your fresher philosophy students each year, for the rest of your working life.”
A first year Keble student looked at the findings on a much more personal level, saying, “If this is true, it explains why our tutor has so much time to think up new ways to punish us.”