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Special education teachers aide Median pay: $22,700 % who say their job is stressful: 59.3% Since many aides come to the classroom with little experience, they end up learning on the job and sometimes their working relationship with the teacher -- who is effectively their boss -- can be strained.
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Mental health case manager Median pay: $36,100 % who say their job is stressful: 96.4% As a mental health case worker in Seattle, "I have 25 years of people's stories in my head," said Karen Langer, president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. "Day-after-day, you're holding everyone else's garbage," she said.
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Loss prevention officer Median pay: $23,000 % who say their job is stressful: 54.3% Loss prevention officers typically monitor retail floors for shoplifters, watching video screens or walking the aisles. Deciding when to apprehend shoplifters is stressful. A wrong call could bring a lawsuit, but being too hesitant could mean lost inventory.
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Day care teacher Median pay: $24,200 % who say their job is stressful: 60.5% Working with two-to-six-year olds in public schools or daycare centers, these teachers can put in up to 12-hour days. And the precariousness of the job market is a concern since the current high unemployment rate means more moms and dads are staying home and taking care of the kids themselves.