10 Careers With High Rates of Depression

Some jobs are more depression-prone than others due to stress, unpredictable or long hours, or little control. Here are the 10 fields in which workers are most likely to report having an episode of major depression.
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Nursing home/child-care workers

Personal-care providers top the list, with nearly 11% of people in this field reporting a bout of major depression. (The rate is 13% in the unemployed; 7% in the general population.)

A typical day can include feeding, bathing, and caring for others who are “often incapable of expressing gratitude or appreciation…because they are too ill or too young or they just aren’t in the habit of it,” says Christopher Willard, clinical psychologist at Tufts University and author of Child’s Mind.

“It is stressful, seeing people sick and not getting a lot of positive reinforcement.”

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