public transit tops the list of the most depressing jobs
Cut bus drivers and subway conductors some slack — folks in public
transit are more depressed than those in any other job, a new study has
Researchers determined the frequency of depression of workers in 55
jobs, and published the results in the journal Social Psychiatry and
Public-transit workers are down in the dumps more than anyone else,
with a rate of depression at 16.2 percent, according to the study.
Those working in real estate are nearly just as sad, with a depression rate of just under 16 percent, the study found.
Next in the depression line are social workers, manufacturing
employees and those in personal services, legal services and publishing.
The researchers, who analyzed data involving 214,000 workers
throughout western Pennsylvania, found that the jobs with the highest
rates of depression tend to “require frequent or difficult interactions
with the public or clients,” and have “low levels of physical activity,”
according to an analysis of the study published by The Atlantic.
That might explain why, surprisingly, highway-construction workers and coal miners are among the happiest people.
The other lowest depression rates involved those in “amusement and recreation services,” the study said.
This included industries involving sports, fitness and the performing arts.
They had a depression rate of 6.9 percent.
And air-travel employees had a depression rating of a little over 8 percent.
Jobs more in the middle of the pack included truckers, human-resource
managers, restaurant and auto-repair workers, teachers, engineers and
The study’s authors are from the Cincinnati Veterans Administration
Medical Center, the University of Cincinnati and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
They say it’s important to identify which workers are the most
depressed because of the vast amount of productivity that’s lost to
Another study, published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, found
that $83 billion in productivity is lost each year to depression.