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Real Estate Agent Ranks as Fifth Most Stressful Job

According to, being a real estate agent is the fifth MOST stressful job!  I knew my job was stressful, but is it fifth among others? In today's market, possibly, but I find it an exaggeration...

careercast - real estate agentThe four ahead of real estate agent are:
Commercial Airline Pilot
Advertising Account Executive

Right after real estate agent are:
Physician - General Practice
Reporter - Newspaper
Physician Assistant

They don't say where they obtained this information, as it just says, "our research indicates..." so I don't know what to rebut again, but I would think the life of a teacher might be a little more stressful than a real estate agent.  I would think an ER doctor's life would be more stressful, a Policeman's life, and probably many others.

I work hard, and I work many hours and admit it can be stressful, but let's not exaggerate our stress levels.  We all have a certain dedication to our clients. Sellers need to sell and buyers want to buy. Bringing these two people together is a happy time, usually.

I think the stress mostly comes from the outside factors of the lenders and underwriters and things beyond our control.  The next time you buy or sell a house, think about the stresses your REALTOR® goes through...

What do you think about the study by Careercast?

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Comment balloon 16 commentsDonna Harris • August 11 2010 11:33AM


uh...I don't know about that. I don't feel very stressed, but I certainly do run into stressed agents. Interesting facts.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 10 years ago

I would agree that we can have some very stressful situations occur during a transaction and be subject to some stressful moments when our clients are under duress, but I wouldn't think it would be that high either.  How about a schoolbus driver (imagine all the noisy kids day in/day out). Politicians.  Prison guards.  I think  many other professions have it worse.

Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 10 years ago

I'm with the two Karen's -- it can be stressful at times, but certainly not #5.  Maybe it's not the stress, per se, but our ability, or lack of, to handle moments of crisis?  As I've said many times, "This isn't brain surgery, folks."  Now that job, to me, would be the personification of stress!

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) about 10 years ago

Huh ... interesting. It's a stressful job alright, but 5th? Hmmm, I'd put us at maybe 25th? Of course don't ask me this question when I have buyers and sellers all upset about something that went sideways .........

Posted by Gabrielle Nemes, 206.300.8421, S King & Pierce County RE Advocate (RE/MAX Realty South) about 10 years ago

Very nice to know that I can expect a heart attack before I reach 50. I will probably survive, but I have seen many agents who drown themselves with stress and yet they don't rank as the top agents. If one is knowledgeable and experienced, the stress should be lower.

Posted by Houman Shahi (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 10 years ago

I would think that being a politician would rank up there, but a real estate agent? We all have stressful things happen... so surprised that a real estate agent would rank that high.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) about 10 years ago

Donna - I can see where Realtors are very stressed, I know I see enough of them but I think you put it pretty aptly when you said that lenders and underwriters can cause a lot of stress.  Personally, my stress levels are off the charts and have been for a long time.  Some days, I question my own sanity for continuing to do what I do. 

Posted by Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services (Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna... This makes a lot of sense.  I know a lot of stressed out REALTORS! 

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago

I am stressed on occasion, but I don't live stressed.  I would think a newspaper reporter with deadlines would be a lot more stressed. Just like anything else, if you manage the situation, you manage the stress.

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) about 10 years ago

Donna, I'm not suprised. Just the getting paid aspect can make one stressed out.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Donna, I think it depends on the person and their personality. I see some people in  our company that I feel like they need to change professions. Then I realize they will be stressed at whatever they do.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) about 10 years ago

Interesting fields of work in the top five.  I would not have thought we would have been that high up.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTORĀ®, Broker about 10 years ago

I've definitely had days & deals where'd I'd put real estate in the top 5, but certainly not most of the time.  If I felt that stressed all the time, I'd have to find another line of family would make me, I'm sure.  I do agree it's when you are relying on others who do not share your same, um, level of work ethic that I tend to run a little hot under the collar.  

Posted by Rob Albertson (Realty Austin) about 10 years ago

I think it depends on the individual.  I don't think I have alot of stress.  But then again, maybe that's why I am seeing more gray. hahaha

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) about 10 years ago

I believe it!  There's a lot more involved in a REALTOR's job than most know.  They all think it's going to be simple to jump in and that's not ever the case. 

Posted by Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner (Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group) about 10 years ago

I knew I wasn't the only one who thought there were much more stressful jobs. Granted, I have a cash buyer who just decided they wanted to now finance which will make me have to present an extension to the listing agent that I'm not looking forward to... but it's not "that" stressful...

And I have a client being sued by a seller because his financing fell through, which is ridiculous because if every seller sued because a buyer's financing fell through in the middle of a transaction because of new underwriting rules, the courts would be completely backed up... but I know we're in the right, so it's not "that" stressful...

Granted, I've yelled and screamed and pulled my hair out over transactions... and even shed a couple of tears when the stress got really bad, but ranking fifth?? Nah...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago