In college I studied special education. I was told it was a great field to get into because most special education teachers burned out after 5 or so years in the classroom. This is what I was told when I entered the program, and this is pretty much what I experienced after graduation. It was a tough job. I did it for 10 years, but by the time my daughter was born I was ready for a break, and a change. I knew some great teachers who didn’t burn out, ever; in fact, some of them are still there, 15 years or more later. I knew others who made it to that five year mark. My roomate did just one year and then returned to college for a masters degree.
Some jobs are more stressful than others. I can’t begin to image what a police officer goes through every single day she steps into that car. And doctors? Everyone says how great it would be to work in the medical profession, but for me, the stress would do me in. One simple mistake in surgery could have dire consequences.
Other jobs require a specific skill set, which can make it more difficult to find qualified applicants. Manpower released the results of a global survey that looked at 42,500 employers in late January 2008 and found that engineers, engineers, machinists and skilled trades were among the top ten hardest jobs to fill. The findings also showed that sales reps, accountants and machinists, all of whom have been on the top ten list for three years now, remain tough probably due to the specific skill set needed to fill those positions.
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