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5 demanding jobs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of 'demanding' runs as follows: "(of a task) requiring much skill or effort". Now, consider that for a moment. While you may think that your workload is above and beyond the call duty, is it, on the whole, really that exacting?

As a way of gauging this, compare your job to these five professions, which are, without a shadow of a doubt, extremely demanding day in and day out.

Nurse

While it has to be one of the most rewarding jobs around, being a nurse is also one of the most stressful. Not only do you work exceptionally long hours, you have to keep abreast of so many new developments in the field of medicine, have very little opportunity to catch your breath and you have to deal with all sorts of ailments.

Teacher

Similarly, teaching is an extremely satisfying vocation, charged as you are with the responsibility of inspiring youngsters to succeed in life. Yet there’s never enough time to get work done during office hours – work extends into the evenings and weekends on a regular basis. Why so? There’s a lot of paperwork to contend with.

Firefighter

Much admired, firefighters put their lives at risk every time they respond to a call – they actively head towards a fire, which really is quite unbelievable when you put it like that. Physically and mentally demanding, this is not a job not for the fainthearted. Those that possess the qualities needed wouldn't dream of doing anything else.

Social Worker

A multifaceted, high-pressure job; a social worker's chief responsibility is helping families resolve problems that are negatively impacting on their lives. It's more difficult these days, with substantial media scrutiny of the profession. Every new case throws up unique issues, but making a real difference makes it all worthwhile.

Taxi driver

Being a taxi driver is like having a permanent backstage pass to the lives of everyone. It doesn't matter who you are, where you're from, how much money you have in the bank – we all need to use taxis. While it can be an entertaining job, late night shifts on evenings and weekends can be something of a headache.

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